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Purgatory...looking for some advice

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Going to Purgatory in few weeks with girlfriend, her best friend and her best friends boyfriend. So long story short they can't ride very well. I've never been to Purgatory / Durango and after looking at trail maps i've got mixed feelings. Will be great to hit the snow but i'm hoping someone can give me some advice on the terrain. To be honest i'd love some advice on the town and cool places to drink and hang out at the end of day. Appreciate any info
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Purgatory has a really easy layout. If memory serves, I think there's a total of 5 lifts. When you head up from the base area you have to zig-zag your way all the way to the "back" lift. The terrain gets progressively harder the further back you go. So my advice, just start out skiing by the base. If they can handle it, go back one lift. If they can handle that, go back one more, etc.

With regard to Durango, head to the downtown area near the train station. It's quite obvious where the actual downtown is compared to the strips where the hotels are. You'll find about 5 blocks of cool shops, bars, and restaurants.
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I have been skiing Purg for 20 years. Contrary to it's new name "Durango Mt. Resort," it is not a mountain but a curved bench. It has no sustained steep skiing, just short steep picthes connected by long flats. It is a great area for intermediates because of the great weather, views, and abundance of easy runs. If you are looking for a real mountain you are in the wrong place. Drive the western route 2 1/2 hours to Telluride.

The steep skiing at Purg is off the 6-pack lift on the front (don't overlook Styx, which is weird to get to) and the two lifts on the back side. The lifts in between are all green and blue runs except for a few 25 yd. steep pitches. If it's crowded go directly to the back (Legends Lift #8) and work your way to the front as the day progresses. Avoid Lift #5 at lunch time, but check out Wapiti and Bull Run for some good drops.

After skiing try a drink at Purgy's at the base. They usually have a free band. 3 miles back towards town on the highway is the Old School House, which is a very funky bar with great pizza where the patrol hangs out. In town hit Steamworks Brew Pub and Carver's Brew Pub, both have good food and beer. A narrow atmosphere but best food and price in town is Skinny's on 10th and Main. For Mexican go to Tequilas and avoid Franciscos. For Italian go way up Main to Mama's Boy. Upscale dining try Ken & Sue's, Ore House and Randy's. Scoot'n Blues has lousy food but good music and dancing in the basement. You can pick up the free weekly paper "the Telegraph" almost anywhere, which has a listing of local music and happenings.
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