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Kicking off Ski Season – Durango-Style!

We’re all excited to kick off the ski season.  But with the unseasonably warm weather we’ve experienced earlier this fall, we wanted to make our opening weekend fun and a little unique!  So, we decided to offer the quintessential Durango, Colorado mountain experience!  Ski and mountain bike all in the same day – on the […]

Making Snow in Preparation for Ski Season!

It’s all hands on deck as our crews prepare for opening day, Saturday, Nov. 19. This week, we’ve had two more nights of productive snowmaking at Purgatory with some light snow falling on Wednesday.  Forecasts are calling for more snow this weekend, followed by a cooling trend that should allow us to make snow nightly […]

Purgatory Begins Snowmaking – earliest in resort history!

With the recent round of cold weather, our Slopes Manager, Josh Hamill launched snowmaking operations at Purgatory on Oct. 6 — the earliest snowmaking start in the history of the resort. We ran just over 20 snow guns and carefully piled our machine made snow into a handful of shaded spots on the mountain where […]

Improvements to Legends Bypass Underway!

Work is underway on the Legends Bypass trail. We are moving ahead with our project to improve the trail to the bottom of the Legends Express Lift 8. Our goal is to make this trail considerably more user friendly by widening it and re-grading the terrain to create a more gentle and consistent slope. The […]

Work Begins on New Lift!

As you know, Purgatory is installing a new surface lift, T-3, which will open this winter.  It will take skiers heading west on the backside of the mountain over to the Legends Express high-speed quad. Work has begun on installing T-3, the new Swiss Cord rope tow.  Today, we surveyed, and completed the geotechnical analysis […]

Improvements to the Legends Bypass!

As part of the capital improvement projects for this coming winter, Purgatory announced that we would enhance access from the previous midway loading station to the bottom of the Legends Express Lift 8 high-speed quad for intermediate skiers and snowboarders.   The Forest Service recently approved our plan to improve the Legends Bypass to be more […]

New Lift, New Trail & More Mountain Improvements!

Hi!  My name is Ed Youmans, and I’m the new VP of Mountain Operations at Purgatory.  I come to Durango from the Mt. Hood area, and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this great community!  My passion is skiing, and I’ve had the privilege of focusing my entire career on just that! […]