Durango Mountain

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Resort Summary
Resort Name Durango Mountain
Location
Resort Altitude 10,822 ft (3,299m)
Winter Season December 7, 2008 - April 5, 2009
Terrain Overall: 1,200acres (486 hectares)
Beginner: 23%
Intermediate: 51%
Advanced: 26%
Lift System 10 Total:

1 High Speed Six Person

1 High Speed Quad

4 Triple Chairlifts

3 Double Chairlifts

1 Magic Carpet

Highest Lift
Lowest Lift
Vertical 2,029ft (618m)
Longest Run
Avg Snowfall 260 in (660cm)
Terrain Parks 2:

Paradise Freestyle Arena

Pitchfork Terrain Garden

Snow Sports
Facilities
Nearest Town
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $


Overview 

Durango mountain, previously known as Purgatory, is a Colorado ski resort (located in the San Juan Mountains) and is only 25 miles north of the town of Durango. The mountain offers around 85 runs (with two terrain parks) that are serviced by 11 lifts. The Mountain was first opened in 1965 when it was known as Purgatory and receives an annual snowfall of about 260 inches per year.

Location

Durango Mountain is located in Colorado's Southwest, only 25 miles north of the town of Durango in the San Juan Mountains.

For further directions see: Getting There

Reviews

Pros

  1. Good variety
  2. Big mountain
  3. Good grooming
  4. No Lines
  5. Family Focus

Cons

  1. Long traverse from backside
  2. 25 min from town
  3. Food can be "so-so"
  4. Staff apparently not too friendly

Contacts

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Planning

Getting There

Directions from the intersection of Hwy 550, Camino Del Rio and Hwy 160, the East West route between Cortez and Pagosa Springs:

From the intersection of Hwy 550, Camino Del Rio and Hwy 160, go north on Camino Del Rio, Hwy 550, toward Silverton. After you pass the City Market, Camino Del Rio connects to North Main Avenue at the next traffic light. At the light, bear left to continue north on Hwy 550, Main Avenue. Follow Hwy 550 until Mile Marker 49 and Purgatory will be on the west side of the highway.

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Accommodation

Lodging is available on mountain and in the surrounding areas.

Lift Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online or on the mountain.

Online:Durango Mountain Resort Website

Ski School

Ski school is available.

Equipment Hire

Durango Mountain Offers a large selection of rentals and rental shops can be fount at the resort.

Resort Facilities

Getting Around

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Parking

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Activities

Durango Mountain offers many activities from tubing and skibiking to annual festivals, clubs and live music.

Dining

Durango Mountain has many different restaurants to choose from to suit anyone.

Bars & Entertainment

Bars, clubs and live entertainment is available on mountain with enough viraity to keep everyone happy.

Shopping

Durango Mountain has more than 500 unique stores and boutiques, including two malls, in which to browse.

Children

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Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

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Groomed Runs

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Off Piste

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Out of Bounds

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Cross Country

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Parks & Pipes

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Bumps

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Powder Zones

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Sheltered Runs

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Snowplay

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Other

Weather

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Geography

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History

In an area long settled by Native Americans, nearby Mesa Verde National Park is an incredible monument to the Ute, Anasazi and other Peoples who once called this area home. An archeological treasure, Mesa Verde features ancient dwellings once inhabited by the areas Native Population and was named by National Geographic Traveler as one of The Best Places of a Lifetime to Visit. Also explored by countless adventurers of old, Purgatory Mountain came into its modern day name in 1776 when several Spanish explorers traveling on the nearby Animas River. Some of their party were lost, and their bodies were never found. The other travelers believed the souls of the lost men would be relegated to Purgatory, and from this legend was born the designation, Purgatory Mountain. Following this legendary expedition, the river was named “El Rio de las Animan Perdidas” or the River of Lost Souls (now the Animas River). The ski area originally opened as Purgatory Resort in 1965, and we now operate as the year-round Durango Mountain Resort. At its heart, the actual town of Durango is a railroad town with its history being derived from the famed Narrow Gauge Railroad era. Founded in 1880, Durango arose when the Denver & Rio Grande built a narrow gauge track to Silverton, thereby establishing Durango as a hub for smelting ore harvested from mines in the region’s mountains. Visitors can still experience the historic thrill and beautiful scenery of this narrow gauge track aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which has been in continuous operation for 125 years. Durango boasts the 12,000 square foot museum featuring the working portion of the Roundhouse and mint condition engines and railroad cars and bountiful railroad memorabilia.

Resources

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Maps

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