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Stepping into Fall at Purgatory: Bikes, Beer and Birthday Cake

Stepping into Fall at Purgatory: Bikes, Beer and Birthday Cake

Beer, mountain biking and birthday cake -- it’s probable that these three things sound like a strange trio to you, but rest assured that Purgatory Ski Resort’s ingenious pairing of these obvious favorites will blow your mind this upcoming fall.

Just when you thought your summer itinerary of tearing up trails at Purgatory Resort couldn’t possibly improve, they went and planned a full day of free mountain biking for riders of all ages. Bring the whole crew up to the mountain on Sunday, August 27, for the McDonald’s Mountain Bike Festival, an entire event dedicated to celebrating the anniversary of the Divinity Flow Trail.

“It’s a pretty special trail. It kind of changed everything in terms of mountain biking at Purgatory when it opened two years ago,” Matthew Krichman events manager at Purgatory, said.

The event will feature a friendly mountain bike race, complete with categories for male, female and family races, which will combine a race time for up to three family members.

“It’s not meant to be a super competitive event, it’s more for fun and a celebration of the trail,” Krichman said.

Prizes will be given for 1st and 2nd place in each category, in case free uplifts (which normally cost $40 per day pass) aren’t enough of a consolation for you. All in all, it’s a solid win for everyone.  

Krichman described Purgatory’s season of events as “not even close to being done,” and he’s right. On September 7, Purgatory will host an epic town-wide party in honor of James Coleman (the owner of Purgatory Resort), as he turns 50 years old.

“He’s throwing a party for the entire town and it’s going to be big,” Krichman said.

Everyone in Durango is invited to this fiesta on the mountain, which promises classic Purgatory activities like the zip line, alpine slide, a marching band and live music. It’s crucial to mention that any guests that make an appearance at this party will receive a free lift ticket for March 10th.

“It’s a way to say thank you to the community for supporting Purgatory,” Krichman said.

And to top off the fall kick-off season at Purgatory, make your way to Oktoberfest. This unique partnership with local radio stations, paired with iconic German-styled food and entertainment will leave you beer-buzzed and stoked on polka. This inaugural Oktoberfest at Purgatory will be exceptionally traditional, to say the least.

Summer may be wrapping up, but Durango’s ability to keep us all entertained has not faltered. Meet us at Purgatory Mountain Resort for their exhilarating fall activities (plus birthday cake).


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