IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2 2010
For more information contact:
Durango Area Tourism Office: John Cohen, Executive Director, 111 S. Camino Del Rio – Durango, CO 81301
1-800-GO DURANGO, 1-800-525-8855, www.durango.org
Media contact: Anne Klein Barney, email@example.com, (970) 749-0991
Durango announces New Winter Activities
Science museum, expanded ski terrain in La Plata County
Durango, Colorado—Mother Nature hasn’t painted the mountainsides to gold and red however a hint of fall is in the air as our minds shift to cooler days and the winter snowfalls. The quintessential mountain town of Durango, Colorado still boasts top restaurants, galleries and shops, scenery, entertainment and microbreweries. Here’s a peek at what’s new in Durango for Fall/Winter 2010-11:
Durango Mountain Resort
- Following up on last season’s Legends terrain expansion, which added 30 percent more expert terrain, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is adding even more new terrain for 2010-2011, this time on the front side of the mountain. The new gladed section of the mountain will be known as “The Ambassadors,” named after resort owners Chuck and Sue Cobb, who served as U.S. Ambassadors to Iceland and Jamaica, respectively.??
- The terrain park is ramping up its offerings by constructing the park features out of dirt. By building hits and carving pipes from earth instead of snow, less snow will be needed to open the parks, which then can be opened earlier in the season and maintained consistently throughout the season.??
- Durango Mountain Resort is expanding its snowmaking capabilities on Pandemonium, its popular signature run. Enhanced snowmaking will ensure a quality skiing experience from early to late season, regardless of cooperation from Mother Nature. For more information visit: www.durangomountainresort.com
Durango Discovery Museum Opens
- Housed in the country’s oldest surviving coal-fired, steam-generated AC power plant, the Durango Discovery Museum opens its doors on October 1, 2010. The Powerhouse is located at 1333 Camino Del Rio on the banks of the Animas River in downtown Durango. Over $2.5 million in fundraising transformed the historic Powerhouse into a world-class interactive science and energy center in downtown Durango.
- “Sparks will fly when we open the doors to the new Durango Discovery Museum. It’s a place dedicated to the amazing ways we generate power—not just with machines and technology, but also with our own minds. People will be shocked. Literally,” says Haz Said, Director of Marketing and Communications at the museum.
- Phase II of the museum’s development added thousands of square feet of space to accommodate hands-on science + energy exhibits for all ages, historic interpretation exhibits, Sudden Science™: science clubs and summer camps, the Solar Roller™: mobile discovery center, a museum shop and café, energy demo labs and workshops, and multipurpose space for special public and private events. For more information call the museum at (970) 422-2034 or visit www.durangodiscovery.org.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
- Ride the historic steam train through a winter wonderland to Cascade Canyon or step onboard for a ride on The Polar Express. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will “offer” service to the “North Pole” onboard The Polar Express. The magical story comes to life when the train departs the Durango depot for a one-hour, 15-minute round-trip journey to the “North Pole.” Exact dates and excursion times are available by calling 970-247-2733 or 888-TRAIN-07, or by visiting our Web site at www.durangotrain.com.
For additional information and special events in Southwestern Colorado contact the Durango Area Tourism Office at 1-800-463-8726 or visit www.durango.org.
The Durango Area Tourism Office is a not-for-profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County’s multitude of tourism attractions, events and services. For more information, visit www.durango.org or call (970) 247-3500.
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