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December 10, 2008 —
Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort
Purgatory Mountain is highlighting its family-oriented feeling heading into the 2008-2009 season, with a focus in their two terrain parks, a children’s play park, and a NASTAR racing course. The resort continues to benefit from higher snowmaking efficiency which allows terrain like the “Backside,” to be opened earlier in the season – and to stay open later into spring. Regardless, it’s Durango’s natural snow which may be the best in Colorado. Its geography is perhaps its best asset: Purgatory Mountain rises up out of the red desert with a kind of cinematic grandeur, but the metrological effect of the mountain’s proximity to such dry country makes its snow improbably fluffy and light. The Resort, which has scenery fitting for an Old West drama, also prides itself on sunny days and relatively warm weather, which may be why the resort seems to have caught on with skiers who come from around the Southwest.
Fun Fact: Nearby Mesa Verde Park features ancient cliff dwellings once inhabited by Anasazi Native Americans.
Average annual snowfall: 260 inches
Price: $60 for adults
Skiable Acres: 1,200
Terrain park: Yes (2)
Season: Nov. 27 – April 5
Terrain breakdown: 23 percent beginner, 51 percent intermediate, 26 percent advanced/expert
Location: Durango, Colo.
Information: www.durangomountainresort.com, (800) 525-0892
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