Rugged, wild, and remote, the San Juan Mountains are a hidden gem in the Rockies. Luckily, word is spreading and the area is becoming a destination not only for San Juan Untracked snowcat guests but for all adventurers seeking Colorado powder. Check out the options below in this travel planner to create a custom Colorado skiing and snowboarding trip. Please don’t hesitate to call our information line – (970) 375-6112 – if you have questions or need additional information when planning your vacation.
Durango Mountain Resort: Why not stay right where we are located? Durango Mountain Resort features accommodations that range from luxurious, slopeside and vacation homes to value-priced lodge rooms. You’ll find warm and comfortable lodging to suit every budget and every need. Call (970)375-6112 for reservations, or visit durangomountainresort.com. Be sure to say you are cat skiing with us and receive a discount on your room.
No travel planner can be complete without travel options, including for lodging. Durango features many hotels and motels to suit everyone and every budget. Here are a few links to our favorites:
An iconic area of old west, celebrity posh and hardcore outdoor tucked into a European-style mountain setting. For more info visit tellurideskiresort.com
Kling Mountain Guides: Durango and DMR-based Kling Mountain Guides offers skiing, ski mountaineering, avalanche education and ice climbing. Trips are custom tailored to your needs—from the first-time-in-the-backcountry skier to the big mountain freeskier. Kling Mountain Guides has an office at DMR and in Backcountry Experience in Durango. For more info visit klingmountainguides.com
Southwest Adventure Guides: Whether you are a resort skier or rider looking to venture into the backcountry or an experienced backcountry skier or rider who wants to hit the best tours the area has to offer, Southwest Adventure Guides can put it together for you. For more info visit swaguides.com
Red Mountain Enterprises, LCC: Steeped in mining history, the Addie’s and the Mountain Belle huts are an easy tour in from the highway between Silverton and Ouray. Both cabins have awesome backcountry skiing and riding right out the door. The Addie’s sleeps twelve, and the Mountain Belle sleeps eight. For more info visit skihuts.com
St. Paul Ski Lodge and St. Paul Backcountry Hut: Located off highway 550 between Silverton and Ouray, the St. Paul Lodge sleeps up to 24 people, has a fully-equipped kitchen with meals prepared three times a day by the proprietor/chef, and has hot water, including showers. The hut is a mile tour in from the highway and sleeps six. Both the lodge and the hut have front-door access to incredible terrain! For more info visit skistpaul.com
Nordic skiing: Located across the highway from Durango Mountain Resort, the Nordic Center has 15 km of groomed trails with incredible views. Equipment rentals are available.
Snowshoe tours: Two tours leave daily at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm from Durango Mountain Resort and include snowshoes, guide and chairlift ride to the top of the mountain and down after snowshoeing the two-hour loop. The Nordic Center also has snowshoeing trails.
Sleigh Rides: Located four miles south of DMR, the Rapp Corral offers horse-drawn sleigh rides near Haviland Lake.
For more information on skiing and riding in Colorado, visit Colorado Ski Country coloradoski.com.