Durango’s affordability and its real-town feel has boosted it onto National Geographic’s list of the top 10 emerging ski towns in North America.
The magazine’s list highlights towns that may not have the name recognition of a Vail or Whistler Blackcomb but still pack a stellar ski experience, especially for budget-minded travelers.
“These are the locals’ favorites, the up-and-comers. They’re real towns, often cheaper and friendlier than the big dogs – at least for now,” the magazine said.
The list highlighted Durango’s wealth of adventure activities, lively downtown and no-hype attitude. Durango Mountain Resort was hailed as a “family and intermediate skier’s dream hill,” while Silverton got a shout out as a perfect playground for skiers and boarders seeking a big-mountain experience.
Durango also recently was recognized in Elevation Outdoors Magazine as the best Colorado ski town in the category of big towns, and by TripAdvisor as the top-value ski destination in North America.