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! I feel very fortunate that my career path has taken me through almost every area of ski resort operations and management, learning about every detail of the mountain recreation business. My philosophy — it’s never a bad day when you’re out skiing!
New Lift, Added Terrain and More Mountain Improvements!
This fall, Purgatory is installing a new surface lift on the backside of the mountain, which will provide access to Legends Express high-speed detachable quad from some of the best fall line skiing on the mountain.
Excavation for the new lift should begin in the next few weeks. We’ll be installing a pair of surface lifts designed to bring skier traffic to the base of Legends Express, across the toe of the slope from roughly the bottom of the new trail 83. The surface lift is a modernized rope tow design called a Swiss Cord which skiers can access from any point along the alignment in order to easily traverse over to the base of the Legends Express. Positioned end-to-end, spanning approximately 1,300 feet, skiers will be able to grab any point and move to the west, towards the high-speed quad.
Soon we will begin work on clearing the new trail 83, and re-grading and expanding the Legends Bypass.
Purgatory is also making improvements to our snowmaking system. When early season snowmaking weather is less than optimal, an increase in compressed air capacity will assist with operating more snow guns. We’re also upgrading our nozzles for more efficiency on all of our snow guns with the goal of making more snow with the compressed air supply. Finally, Purgatory will be adding more high-efficiency snow guns to our inventory.
The goal of these improvements is to be able to open a greater quantity of terrain on opening day with or without the cooperation from Mother Nature.
And we’re counting down the days to the kick off of ski season! Today, it’s 94 days…
Hope to see you on the mountain soon!