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Durango/Purgatory in mid-December?

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Durango seems to be the best fit for our family but we went last season during the last week and there was a lot of slush and mud.  It was still fun but we wanted to try going earlier in the season.  The best time for us is mid-December, right before Christmas week.  I know no one can tell me what the weather is going to be like, but for those who are familiar with the resort or the area, how is the snow typically in mid-December?  Is it enough for decent skiing?  Can the snowmaking make up for any lack of snow by then?

 

Any other suggestions for December skiing is appreciated though we have a few restrictions--close proximity to airport, adaptive skiing, good for beginners with a few advanced runs for the kids, kids' ski school.  

 

Thanks for any information.

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I love Durango for skiing with family!  I've lived here for 5 years and I think we are pretty spoiled. smile.gif  Mid-December is one of my favorite times to ski at Durango.  They seem to get a lot of snow storms from Thanksgiving through New Years.  Plus, if you go before Christmas, it's before all the crowds get there which means no lift lines and you get the whole mountain to yourself!  So, I would expect it to be fairly chilly in December, but that's expected.  The mountain will be covered with snow.  They usually start snow-making November 1, which gives them plenty of time to get the mountain covered.  It's a La Nina year, which means great snow for the Southwest. 

 

Their staff is always super nice and helpful and the terrain is tons of fun for the whole family.  I know their Adaptive Sports team does a great job as well.  I hope this helps!  smile.gif

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So Mtn Girl, it appears you work for Purgatory, right?

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.  It's a La Nina year, which means great snow for the Southwest. 

 

 

 

I think the latest forecast is for somewhat of an El Nino year.

 

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.pdf

 

The forecast map on another thread looks promising for SW Colorado.

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