The Weekender // May 23rd - 25th
On this lovely Memorial Day weekend, you can wave at road bikers while you float down fresh snow at Purgatory. Did you ever think you’d read something like that? We didn’t either. Winter is holding a firm grasp on Durango and the rest of the San Juans, but the spring festivities continue like normal! This weekend features one of Durango and Silverton’s staple annual events, skiing in May, and an award winning film at a local venue - there’s something for everyone.
Two 10,000’ Passes
48th Annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
Best for: Cycle enthusiasts and anyone looking for a festival.
It’s back, folks. Not only will the racers of the IHBC be taking a challenge of 5,700’ of elevation gain across 50 miles this Saturday, but they’ll be racing to Silverton in what feels like winter. Plenty of races will commence this weekend, with the crowd-pleaser 50 mile ride on Saturday and Sunday races including the mountain bike race and kids race, with many more. Festivities will start Friday night at the welcome party in Buckley Park starting at 3pm. On Saturday, head to Silverton to join the celebration at the finish line. Beer garden, live music, vendors, Kids Village, and more!
Bonus: Ska Brewing is hosting an unofficial bike rally at Ska on friday at 4:20pm, and then helping host the Buckley Park Party with beer and live music!
Purgatory Resort Opens for Winter Activities
Best for: The true snow bunnies who are holding on to winter for dear life.
It’s May 23rd, and there’s a valid argument that Durango is still caught in winter, not heading towards summer. Thanks to the snow stuck in the San Juans, Purgatory Ski Resort is opening for lift service on Saturday and Sunday! The resort will be opening up 130 acres of terrain and servicing Lift 1 to give the community one last spring-skiing-weekend. Break out your passes, strap on your boots, and wear your best spring outfit this weekend. It’s skiing time!
Bonus: the resort will be open for summer services all weekend, too. Weather permitting, the Inferno Mountain Coaster, zipline, bungee trampoline, ropes course, and more will be open. Celebrate winter and summer all in one day!
Terry Kiser of “Weekend at Bernie’s”
Farmer of the Year - Q&A with Terry Kiser
Best for: Anyone seeking out a quality movie showing for their Friday night.
Head to Animas City Theatre for daily showings of the award winning film “Farmer of the Year,” featuring Terry Kiser from May 24th through the 29th. Showings are at 3:30 and 6pm. This Friday, after the 6:00pm showing of the film, there will be a special Q&A with Terry Kiser himself! Tickets are $11 for general admission, and $10 for students, seniors, and military.
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