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Beginning ATS® Belly Dance – Silverton Session @ Kendall Mountain Community Center
Sep 18 @ 5:30 pm – Sep 18 @ 6:30 pm

Beginning ATS® Belly Dance – Silverton Session

A new session of beginning belly dance starts in Silverton this Thursday!  Taught by Lisa Branner of Caldera, this 6-week class will introduce you to the basic concepts in American Tribal Style® belly dance. No previous dance experience is necessary and all shapes, sizes and abilities are welcome!   Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Kendall Mountain Community Center in Silverton.  Drop ins are welcome.  Visit for more information.

DSNGR Annual Fall Photographer’s Trains @ Silverton and Durango
Sep 27 @ 6:00 am – Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm

Calling all photographers! This train weekend is for YOU!
Join amateurs and professionals as we take you into the wilderness to photograph the train with a backdrop of autumn foliage as well as a chance for rare night photography in the Durango railyard!

Ride the train into the remote wilderness of the San Juan National Forest where you will be dropped off to photograph the train as it steams past the photo line. Experience the pure majesty of the high peaks and the Animas canyon during the peak of our dazzling Autumn season!

Unlike the passenger trains, Photographer Trains will allow the photographers to detrain at pre-determined locations along the route and watch as the train backs up and out of sight. With two blasts of the whistle, the train will proceed forward and come steaming past the line of photographers. This is great for both still photography and video. We will also have opportunities to photograph the regularly scheduled D&SNG passenger trains as they roll past. Our special train will stand out from the passenger trains with our exclusive, all Tuscan-red Premium cars dating as far back as the 1880s.

An early morning departure to capture early light in the canyons near Silverton.
The train will depart Durango at 6:00am with a scheduled return time of4:00pm in Durango. This will allow for early morning light on both northbound and southbound runbys near Silverton. We’ll meet and photograph the morning passenger trains to Silverton on our southbound trip and have good light on our signature southbound Highline runby. We can expect at least five separate run-by locations.

Depart Durango after the passenger trains have departed.
The train will depart Durango at 9:30am with a scheduled return time of7:30pm in Durango. If you arrive at the station early you’ll have a great opportunity to photograph the locomotives hooking up to the passenger trains and departing the station at 8:00 and 8:45 a.m. We will meet them southbound in the afternoon as we are on the siding on our southbound trip. At least five run-by locations will be chosen for the best lighting and scenery on both northbound and southbound legs of our journey.

THE CONSIST: The trains will be pulled with one of our historic steam locomotives originally built in 1923 or 1925 for the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. The Fall Photographer’s Trains cars will be all premium-class cars! We will be using the same train both days. These cars stand out with their distinctive Tuscan-red paint scheme.

Venture Snowboards and Ska Brewing’s 10th Annual Season Kickoff Party @ Grand Imperial Hotel
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 21 @ 1:00 am

Venture Snowboards and Ska Brewing are once again teaming up to welcome winter in style with their annual Season Kickoff Party scheduled for Saturday, December 20th (Silverton Mountain’s opening day).

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, for which the two homegrown Colorado companies have been producing a small run of custom graphics boards and a special winter brew each year. This year’s brew is a an oak barrel aged version of Ska’s Euphoria – aptly named Dementia after a decade of collaboration. “We jokingly refer to ourselves as the microbrew of snowboards because we build high quality boards from scratch,” explains Venture’s Lisa Branner. “Ska takes the same approach in crafting their beer, so teaming up is a natural.”

The Season Kickoff will feature live music, Ska drink specials, and product giveaways like lift tickets, goggles, and more. The highlight of the evening will be the raffle for a coveted limited edition Ska/Venture custom snowboard. This year’s deck is emblazoned with the Dementia graphic, and is destined to become a collector’s item for beer and snow lovers alike.

The Season Kickoff Party gets rockin’ at 7 pm at Silverton’s Grand Imperial Hotel (1219 Greene Street). Cover charge is $6 and this is a 21+ event. Raffle proceeds benefit the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies.

Venture Snowboards’ Spring Fling @ Grand Imperial Hotel
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Ride all day and party all night as we celebrate the return of the unguided season at Silverton Mountain with Venture’s Spring Fling Party! We’ll have live music, drink specials and a raffle for some great prizes! The Spring Fling gets going at 7 pm at Silverton’s Grand Imperial Hotel (1219 Greene Street). Cover charge is $5 and this is a 21+ event. Raffle proceeds benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.