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Here we go...........












Thanks for showing the jpgs of what's going on . . .
and Purgatory back to being called Purgatory . . . sweet.
post #32 of 36
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There are plenty of trees at Sunrise, but  you aren't  allowed to ski them. A lot of folks drop into the trees off Cyclone but they are quick to pull your pass if they catch you. They have a couple of "tree" runs they are trying to develop, like Arrowhead, but they are little more than sparsely spaced saplings. It's a shame, because they have the terrain and mature tree coverage for some great runs if they wanted. This goes back to the previous comments about the resort being sadly underde

I really like Arrowhead - I don't they are trying to turn it into a tree run, I just think they have not trimmed the saplings..

post #33 of 36
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The Power Pass for the southwest for 2016-17 looks about the same as last season, but the options for NM changed a bit.  The NM Power Pass was replaced with the Arizona Snowbowl Unlimited Pass.  Snowbowl is still in the Powder Alliance.

 

Another $10 million will be spent before the start of the next season at the four places controlled by James Coleman.  Details for all four are described on the Purgatory website:

 

https://www.purgatoryresort.com/capital-improvements-2016-2017/

 

 

Power Pass 2016-17

 

 

 

 

 

Quote: Post #1, prices for 2015-16

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post #34 of 36
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For those interested in the history of Purgatory and how James Coleman got into the business of running ski resorts.  Coleman grew up skiing at Purgatory.  Sounds like his teen kids are enjoying the move to Durango.

 

The sale of Durango in 2014

http://www.epicski.com/t/129766/durango-mountain-resort-update-now-called-purgatory-sold/120

 

March 2016 article about James Coleman

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/lifestyles/recreation/former-austin-developer-now-owns-four-ski-areas-in/nqcq6/

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For those interested in the history of Purgatory and how James Coleman got into the business of running ski resorts.  Coleman grew up skiing at Purgatory.  Sounds like his teen kids are enjoying the move to Durango.

 

The sale of Durango in 2014

http://www.epicski.com/t/129766/durango-mountain-resort-update-now-called-purgatory-sold/120

 

March 2016 article about James Coleman

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/lifestyles/recreation/former-austin-developer-now-owns-four-ski-areas-in/nqcq6/

Thanks for the links. I guess I should keep a look out for Coleman cruising the slopes at Snowbowl next year.

 

I make lots of use of the Powder Alliance pass so usually buy the Snowbowl Unlimited Pass. I use the free three days at Snowbasin and Sierra every year, so it makes more sense than access to the sister resorts.

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I didn't realize that Coleman had moved from Austin to Durango around 2005.  That was after he spent four years working to get Sipapu afloat.  Some of the early comments about him when he bought Durango/Purgatory made it sound like he wasn't really a skier.  That's clearly not the case.  He worked a long time to fulfill his boyhood dream to own a ski area.

 

"Coleman, 48, grew up in Austin and bought his first ski resort, tiny Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort in northern New Mexico, in 2000. In the last 15 months, he’s added three more ski areas, including Purgatory Resort, to his growing mini-empire.

 

A cross between Peter Pan and a Wall Street executive, the Texas native dives into his work with giddy abandon. He wields a chainsaw to cut new trails one day, unfurls a mile-long giant hose that’s part of a snowmaking system the next, then dashes off for a business meeting with his company, Texas Capital Partners, which still keeps an office in Austin.

 

In between, he skis every chance he gets."

 

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/lifestyles/recreation/former-austin-developer-now-owns-four-ski-areas-in/nqcq6/

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