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SkiBike Rally coming up at Purgatory Resort

Longest-running ski bike festival in the U.S. returns to Purgatory, Feb. 26-27
A ski biker makes some turns at Purgatory Resort. The resort will host its annual SkiBike Rally on Feb. 26-27. (Courtesy Purgatory Resort)

Purgatory Resort will host its 19th annual SkiBike Rally and welcome the American SkiBike Association back to Durango on Feb. 26-27.

The two-day festival is a gathering for experienced ski bikers and first-timers looking to give ski biking a try. From an all-day poker run and NASTAR competition to a group cruise ride and barbecue dinner, the SkiBike Rally is a celebration of the ski bike community.

“As the first resort to host the SkiBike Rally back in 2003, Purgatory has a long history working with the American SkiBike Association to grow the sport,” said Dave Rathbun, Purgatory’s general manager. “The Rally is a perfect event for Purgatory and Durango as a biking and mountain sports community. We are looking forward to another great weekend of friendly competition, good vibes and shared camaraderie.”

Ski biking is a way to enjoy the slopes for all ages and abilities. It provides a safe and low-impact alternative to skiing and snowboarding, making the sport accessible for both adaptive and non-adaptive participants.

“The American SkiBike Association continues to focus on access through events, education and promoting the sport of ski biking to customers and North American ski resorts,” said Chris Schuler vice-chair of the American SkiBike Association and owner of SkiByk. “We are thrilled to see ski bikers from all over show up and ride at Purgatory in support of ski biking!”

The American SkiBike Association will be on-site with a SkiBike exhibit to check out the latest gear. The event is free for season pass and ticket holders, and all ages are welcome. A lift ticket is required to participate.

The schedule

Feb. 26: The Poker Run, photo and group cruise and free barbecue.

Feb. 27: The NASTAR competition will begin at 11 a.m. and a Manual run contest will follow at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, visit purgatory.ski/events/ski-bike-rally.