Originally Posted by core2
Yeah, people that complain about Wolf Creek being too flat have obviously never skied Purg. You made the right choice. Did you ever try Hesperus night skiing?
Well to be fair, I liked Purg as a ski area. There was some fun stuff there- just no gnar. They groom a bit too much for my liking. But I had a lot of fun making laps of Hades with good slush bumps.
What Purg lacks is management that gives a damn about locals, and is too shortsighted to see how this hurts them.
1. 2012- after missing a Thanksgiving opening due to lack of snow, and spending all of December with only 1 run open, they get 40+" on the 19th. They open no new terrain until Christmas. Despite having plenty of snow and despite having pass holders that paid dearly to ski there. Why bother to open terrain and spin lifts for only the locals?
2. 2013- polar opposite. The early season hammers the Sw. By Mid-November they have the snow to be 100% open, but Purg doesn't do things like open early. However, they do hire out a photography crew to go grab waist-deep steezy shots all over the mountain, which then gets passed out all over the internet. Of course, none of these shots mentioned that with all that snow, they weren't bothering to spin the lifts. They open on schedule for Thanksgiving several weeks later. And, as it turns out, the Season goes pretty much dry at that point for about a month and it turned out to be a below average year, with the best snow falling while Purg was refusing to open.
3. You can buy a $550 season pass for a week in April. Miss that week? That will be $729 for a season pass, please. Don't buy before 10/19/2014? $939 please. Compare with Telluride, a completely different class of resort in every way, for $1,128 purchased before 10/14.
4. There was the whole "What a gorgeous day!" photo of the skyline during the 2013 fires, cropping out the GIANT smoke plume from the fire that firefighters expected to roll through and gut South Fork on the same day as the post. Totally tone deaf- I assume it has gotten so bad they just assume nobody local gets any of their marketing stuff anymore.
5. Discount tickets, 4 packs, etc. that are only sold out of market in NM, AZ, TX.
6. After heavy criticism of the above, offering "Locals deals" that are restricted to a handful of days during the season and STILL don't offer the same discount as what is offered out-of-market.
I work in Durango. Lots of skiers in my office. Not one person holds a Purg Pass. The last person gave their pass up 2 years ago- under the previous ownership, most held a pass. Some ski BC, some Silverton, a lot hit up locals days at Wolf ($39 tickets about half the Sundays of the ski season). I don't know anybody that likes the mountain. When the skiers in my office get bored, they troll Purg's social media, or call up their ticket office and play dumb asking to price match the RMSP, where on their website to go and buy a 4 pack, etc. I have NEVER seen so much local animosity directed at a ski area, and I am including Vail.
Regarding Hesperus, I haven't ridden the lifts there. Some field work for an avy class was located there (the ski patrol hosted the class), but that was skiing around, not riding lifts. My wife and I always talk about going there, but the past two seasons they have had to close just after Presidents day, so just when we start thinking about it, they close. The problem is that we live 40 minutes in the other direction and have dogs, so night skiing there would mean getting off work, driving home, then back across to Hesperus, then home- like 21/2 hours of driving. Makes it hard to facilitate. Its a neat place with some great steeps for a 600 vert hill. Most years it gets decent snow, too.