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Legends Express – Now Open!

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Grand Opening of the new Legends Express high-speed quad on the 19th.  It was a fantastic day with great skiing on the backside. I’d like to thank the mountain operations team for all their hard work with the new lift construction.  We cut 3 new trails and […]

Load Test Completed – Next Stop – Grand Opening!

We’ve completed the load test and mock lift evacuation exercise, which are mandatory requirements before the new Legends Express (Lift 8) is opened.  Everything went well and now we’re just finishing up a few items on the punch list. Loading Chairs on the new Legends Express Lift 8               […]

Fresh Snow & Progress Made on Drive Terminals

With fresh snow on the mountain from yesterday’s storm, our lift crew is working hard to make more progress on the new Legends Lift 8 terminals.  As you can imagine, it’s essential that the terminal roofs are in place because winter storms are becoming more frequent. Image taken Sun., Nov. 8 at the bottom of […]

Lift Terminals Installed & Winter is Here!

The New High-Speed Lift is Coming Together! The new high speed quad, Legends Lift 8, is coming together!  Crews installed the top drive terminal of the lift just before the latest storm moved in.  There’s still a lot of assembly work to be done, but the big process of setting the top terminal with the […]

Snow – Coming Soon!

SNOW – Coming Soon! Purgatory is opening earlier this year than in recent history.  Our planned opening day is Saturday, Nov. 21 to kick off Purgatory’s 50th ski season.  Our winter supervising staff is returning to the resort, putting together operating plans and preparing for employee training. As for our mountain operations, the snowmaking equipment […]

Prepping for Winter!

Fan guns and snow making equipment are ready on the frontside.  Just waiting for the temperatures to drop!   Winter is coming!

New Towers & Cross Arms

  We’ve been busy on the backside of the mountain!  Here are some recent images when the K-MAX helicopter returned to Purgatory to set the new towers and cross arms. Stay tuned for more updates!

Go with the Flow!

Purgatory hosted the grand opening of the Divinity Flow Trail – Durango’s only lift-served downhill mountain bike flow trail on Sunday, Sept. 13.  We celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony with our partners, the Forest Service, Trails 2000, and AJ Construction– who provided equipment and manpower.  Our trails manager, Josh Hamill, had the honors of […]

A Little Help from Above!

I’ve been involved with the installation of 7 lifts at Purgatory, and what I love most is how the entire  mountain operations team really comes together and works hard to get a project like this done. Late last week, a K-MAX helicopter flew in a total of 95 yards of concrete, and it was all […]

Forging Ahead with New Trails

We’re making great progress with the new high-speed quad and additional trails on the backside of the mountain!  Work on the new trails off upper Ray’s Ridge is expected to be complete by the end of the week. As you know, we’re adding 2 new trails off of Ray’s Ridge and expanding the old mid-way […]

New Ways to Catch Air at Purg

This week, we’re switching our focus to another new and exciting improvement on the mountain — Purgatory’s newest mountain bike trail, and Durango’s only lift-served downhill flow trail.   The new Divinity Flow Trail is 7,500 feet long and starts at the top of Lift 4, which serves as Purgatory’s summer mountain bike uplift, scenic chairlift […]

More Progress on Lift 8 and $10 Million in Multi-Resort Improvements

Last week was a busy one at Purg, and this week we continue work on Lift 8 with attention turning to tower foundations.  The crews are now excavating and forming the tower foundations, as well as removing the old Lift 8 mid-way towers in preparation of the new high-speed quad installation.  Crews will also be […]

Leitner-Poma is on the mountain.

Our lift manufacturer, Leitner-Poma, has been on the mountain to survey the new tower locations. As they complete their survey, teams have been hard at work dismantling the old Legends lift. Over the last week, we have removed the chairs from the haul rope, removed the haul rope from the towers and started dismantling the […]

Out with the Old – Purgatory’s Backside is getting a facelift

The original Legends Lift 8 was installed in 1985, back when the price of gas was a buck, “New” Coke debuted (and bombed), and you could see “Back to the Future” on the big screen for less than $3.  Lift 8 was a Poma lift with a carrier capacity of 1,800 per hour providing a […]