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 and ride to the Alpine Slide. Slated to be open starting the beginning to mid-September, the Flow Trail offers amateur to advanced riders a variety of terrain and features to master, including berms, banked turns, table tops, hits, rollers, a wall ride, and a wooden flyover that intersects with the 1990 World Mountain Bike Championship Trail. The features are optional, providing different experiences along the trail for various skill levels.
Mother Nature has contributed numerous twists and turns to building this trail. As is typical with work on the mountain, trail crews faced challenges with late snowfall, a wet summer, and elk calving and bird nesting which delayed construction. Crews must work with the natural terrain to construct the trail, which sometimes presents an array of obstacles to overcome. Despite these hurdles, crews have done a fantastic job of creating a new exciting mountain biking experience at Purg.
The flow trail expands the limits of Purgatory’s 11 other more traditional single track trails. The new Divinity Flow Trail provides mountain bike enthusiasts with a new technical ride in Durango with nice turns, cool features and multiple options allowing riders to keep their wheels on the ground or catch big air.
Update on the New Lift 8!
Just a quick update on what’s happening with our new lift. Our mountain crews continue to excavate and form the tower foundations, as well as dismantle the old towers of the original Lift 8. The new lift towers were recently delivered to the resort, ready for the next phase. Crews continue work on the new trails off of Ray’s Ridge and the bypass from the old mid-way to the bottom terminal of Lift 8. Stay tuned for more updates as progress continues!