Durango Colorado Ski Resort

Ski Area #30: Durango Mountain Resort, CO0

Another day, another southern Colorado snow storm

Day 64-65
Location: Durango, CO
Resorts: #30 out of 50

When asking around for advice on Durango Mountain Reso rt, our pal Jesse gave us the following advice on the 100DOW Facebook Page:

Durango opened some new back country tree trail stuff off of lift 8 that is pretty sweet. Lifts 3, 5, and 8 are the only places to be there! The front side is usually packed and full of Texans skiing in jeans.

IMG_5397Jesse, you couldn’t have been more right. There was a massive spring break posse of Texans at Purgatory. Not necessarily a bad thing as they leave the Chair 8 trails untouched. Plus, they’re a hell of a lot more friendly than the New Yorkers/Massholes that I grew up with in Vermont.

As far as the new territory, or as our bartender at Steamworks called it, “the stuff we’ve been skiing for years, ” the trail map hardly does justice to the expansion. If you look closely, you’ll notice what appears to be just two trails.Catching a tan while catching powder turns Don’t be fooled — they’re massive. McCormack’ Maze, a massive wooded glen, has three separate entrances and feels like a dozen different trails.

Like Wolf Creek, Purgatory at Durango has been seeing lots of snow this winter, a fact that kept us there for two days and eight fresh inches. We even got to ride in the mythical sun snowshower, a Colorado phenomenon where the sun shines even when it’s snowing.

Apres-Ski Report:
There is lodging on the mountain with a few shops and restaurants, but we ended up down in Durango each night for entertainment. It’s a hell of a fun town with friendly people…more on that in Durango post.

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