Have you ever wondered what it would be like to combine a snowmobile and a dirt bike? Neither have I, but after seeing the combination, I admit I was missing out, and you might be too.

Snowbiking is an outdoor recreational sport best described as a combination of snowmobiling and motocross. A specialized bike with a ski on the front and the treads of a snowmobile on the back that can propel you through some of the deepest powder around.

Since its conception, snowbiking has taken off across this country and others with winter sports fans and participants. But, you can only walk into a ski shop and buy a snowbike; it's still the early days of the sport. Instead, you'll have to go to a place that has them in stock and available for rental or to make one yourself. With some mechanical know-how and a conversion kit, you can convert a motocross bike into a snowbike and back without hassle. 

Durango happens to be home to Purgatory Resort, which offers the chance for snowbike rentals and lessons. So if you're seeking a new experience or to practice your skills, Durango is ready.

Places to Go Snowbiking

Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Resort is one of the best ski resorts in Southwest Colorado and sits nestled in the mountains less than an hour from Durango.

While home to all the usual activities you can expect from a ski resort, skiing, snowboarding, etc. Purgatory also features the opportunity to snowbike. Letting you get out on the fresh snow heading either up or downhill while feeling the adrenaline rush that comes with most winter sports.

The mountain resort has snowbikes available for rent to those who need them and lessons if you need to work on your skills.

Things to Know About Snowbiking in Durango

  • Snowbiking, just like skiing or snowboarding, is a winter sport and requires winter gear. So bundle up and stay warm.

  • If you haven't snowbiked before, there is a bit of a learning curve, so be sure to tag along with someone experienced for the first couple of times.

  • Snowbike rentals are available at Purgatory, but they are in limited supply, and Purgatory doesn't offer rentals every season, so be sure to check ahead of time.

  • Bring some water and snacks along with you so you can stay energized and hydrated. Usually, winter recreation is a full-day activity.