Spring fling

While thousands of spring breakers converge on sandy beaches in more tropical climes, a hardy handful will head for the ski slopes and powder snow of the Rocky Mountains. A tradition among high-school and college students, spring break offers an escape from teachers and textbooks and promises a week of parties and general debauchery. With fresh snow and warm weather, Durango Mountain Resort provided the perfect location for the intellectually downtrodden to relax and unwind.

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Eric Williams, of Farmington, chugs the remainder of his beer before heading back to the slopes.

A vacationer works up some funky tan lines outside Purgy's.

A quiver of skis and snowboards soak up the sun at the base area.

A spring-breaker relays his enthusiasm from the chairlift at Durango Mountain Resort.

A snowboarder enjoys the warm weather and soft snow in the half-pipe this past weekend.

Cold maxin' and relaxin' - Beer, an essential part of any spring break party.

A skier gets precariously airborne in the half-pipe Saturday.






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