Durango Mountain Resort

Durango Mountain Resort

Tucked into the spectacular San Juan Mountains between the towns of Durango and Silverton, Durango Mountain Resort (aka Purgatory), like its close neighbor Telluride, boasts some of the finest scenery in the lower 48. At just over 2000’ vertical, 1300+ acres, and 10 lifts, “Purg” just squeaks into the large ski resort category. The southerly locale favors sunny days and mild weather, but the 9000' base elevation provides an impressive 260 average annual inches of snow. Far removed from the busy I-70 corridor, DMR is known for a hometown, laid back, family friendly atmosphere at affordable prices. Lift lines are a rare occurrence, thus allowing for endless laps on the uniquely “benched” roller coaster terrain. Although lacking in such attributes as bowls and chutes, there is easily enough here to keep a good skier happily occupied for many days straight. The mountain is essentially an 11,000' ridge that runs east to west with mostly north facing slopes roughly divided into three segments. A system of extensive cat trails is used to get back and forth between these areas. First is the “front side”, served by the six-person Express Lift #1. This area has a nice mix of varying terrain and also offers some of resort's premier expert runs such as Lower Hades and Styx, and the signature Pandemonium. Great intermediate groomers like Upper Hades and Paradise as well as acres of gentle, forested beginner terrain surrounding the Twilight chairlift can be found here. For "park rats" the small/med Pitchfork and DC Terrain Parks, as well as the Paradise big air slopestyle course can be accessed from lifts #1 or #5. The second mid-mountain area is served by the high speed Hermosa Lift #3 and is dominated by some sweet "roller coaster" groomers such as Boogie and Peace. The third “backside” area is served by Legends Lift #8 and along with a trio of nice groomers, has some of the resort’s better expert terrain and tree skiing. Dead Spike offers a great cruiser / small bump combo and when you're ready for a real challenge, try the bumps on Wapiti, or Bull Run, or the glades of Paul's Park. Beginners should head to the separate Columbine learning area, which is served by its own lifts yet is easily accessible from the rest of the resort. Columbine has its own ticket office and restaurant, and gives first timers a fun and friendly area for learning the ins and outs of skiing or snowboarding. For "on hill" dining, check out Dante's. The views from a window table on the top floor can't be beat. The Powder House caters to the younger set and is known for $2 happy hour beers. The base area or "beach" as it's known gets very active on weekend afternoons with live bands and activities. Nearby resorts are Telluride, Silverton Mountain, and Wolf Creek. Telluride, although only about 30 miles away as the crow flies, takes about 2 hours to drive, but still makes for a great day trip. DMR is an excellent place to HQ for those interested in a day or two at Silverton Mountain, being only a 45 min. drive away. Wolf Creek is also an easy 2 hr drive and well worth it in anticipation of a big powder day. DMR is also home to the San Juan Ski Co., one of the largest and more affardable snow cat tour operators in the state. The entire spectrum of lodging choices is available both at the resort and in nearby Durango. With an authentic "Old West" feel to it, the town of Durango is consistently voted one of the top ski towns in America. With a trio of microbreweries, dozens of fine restaurants, unique shops and art galleries, Durango is as classic "Colorado" as it gets.

Snow making percent21%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person1 high speed
Lifts-Total number of lifts10
General-Base elevation8793'
General-Vertical drop2029'
General-Snow making coverage250 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC