Ice Skating - The Perfect Alternative to Skiing
As the snow has temporarily ceased to fall in Durango, what are ski enthusiasts to do? The temperatures keep dropping but the freshies are all chewed up since the last storm. Instead of dodging the cold altogether, why not hit the lakes instead of the slopes for an afternoon? There are many opportunities to ice skate in the Durango area, both indoor and outside. So break out the skates and get after it!
For a quaint in-town ice skating facility, swing by Chapman Hill. The local indoor rink is perfect for those just learning to ice skate, or those wanting to host an event. Chapman Hill accommodates for parties and events, so bring your friends and family for a day of ice skating fun! The City of Durango-owned facility also features cozy concessions including warm snacks and hot chocolate so you’ll always have something to keep you warm.
Photo of Ice Rink from Chapman Hill
For a quick hike and a great ice skating experience, head up Highway 550 to Little Molas Lake. The area is high in elevation, reaching over 10,000 feet, so be sure to bring warm drinks and food. There are restrooms available and campgrounds if you’re looking to set up for a few hours. This is also a local favorite for a round of hockey, so bring your friends and gear for some pickup games.
Photo of Ice Hockey from Unsplash
Off of Highway 550, across from Engineer Mountain, you’ll find Potato, or Spud, Lake. A three mile hike will lead to the beautiful lake surrounded by trees and the blue sky above. If you like snowshoeing, come prepared! Locals mention the trail to the lake is great for snowshoers of all experience levels.
Photo of Spud Lake from All Trails
They call it Ice Lakes Basin for a reason! If you’re looking for an adventure to lead you to your ice skating destination, head to the Ice Lakes Trailhead just west of Silverton. Dress warm and come prepared for this 3.8 mile hike to arguably the prettiest lake scenery in SW Colorado. You’ll love being surrounded by the soaring mountain tops covered with snow.
Photo of Ice Lake from All Trails
Andrews Lake, located on the drive to Silverton, is great for those looking to get outside to ice skate but don’t necessarily want to hike to get there. But just because there’s no hiking doesn't mean you won’t get the same vistas, however. Surrounded by mountains, hills, and snow covered peaks, you’re going to want to bring your camera (and a jacket).
Photo of Andrew's Lake from Drew Lovell
If you’re looking for a short drive to a community focused ice skating experience, then head up to Vallecito Lake. Whip out your ice skates with the Vallecito Community, and maybe head to one of the restaurants or bars for a warm meal or hot tottie after a day out on the ice. The lake is also provides plenty of winter recreational opportunities for ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, and snowshoeing … so break out all of the winter gear and use it at some point at the most developed lake town in the Four Corners.
Photo of Vallecito Lake from Vallecito Nordic