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With Purgatory Resort just 30 minutes away from Durango, skiing and snowboarding occupies most of our time during the winter! Whether you are just learning or on the hunt for a new pair of skis or a board, these local shops can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

The Boarding Haus specializes in skateboards and BMX in the summer and turns into a full-blown snowboarding shop in the winter. With apparel, boots, goggles, and boards, they can get you ready for your first time down the mountain or help you “level-up” your gear. Knowledgeable staff will get you set up on a Yes, Jones, Ride, GNU, Libtech, or Roxy board. They carry Vans, 32, and Ride boots. Dragon, Electric, Volcom, Smith, and Veal goggles will protect your eyes! Brands like Volcom, 686, Dakine, Union, and Ninja Suit will let you shine on the slopes. Their rentals are available on a daily basis with easy extensions. Read more about the Boarding Haus on their website here:

Established in 2001, Cliffside Ski & Sport provides and easy ski, snowboard, and snowshoe rental on the way to Purgatory Resort! Family owned and operated, the employees know how to fit you for a comfortable and fun experience based on your proficiency in the sport. The shop also has a retail area is you need a warm jacket, gloves, or your own set of skis, boots, and poles. Stop by this store on your way to the slopes and check out their website here for more information:

Ski Barn has been a Durango staple for over 40 years. They know how to work hard and play hard. With a wide variety of brands, they can get you set up for the mountain. Their rental service is very popular with daily and season rentals. They offer various packages from the kids grom, to youth comfort, performance, and free ride, as well as adult comfort, performance, and demo option that can save you on a new set to keep. They’ve recently added a snowboard package for both youth and adults. They carry ski brands like Liberty, Salomon, Rossignol, Fisher, and Head. As a full-service custom boot fitter shop, the Technica, Head, and Nordica boots are a great choice. In addition, you can rent Nordic skis, snowshoes, helmets, and poles for more winter activities. Apparel brands such as Flylow, Picture, Armada, and Helly Hansen will make sure you stay warm. Planning ahead can get you some good discounts for early bird specials! Check out all the Ski Barn has to offer on the website here:

Whether you like to ski or snowboard, these local shops will help you get ready for the adventure! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you have about winter activities in the area.