Originally Posted by bwxmas
Since you are from Durango, I would like info, on what pergatory,telluride, wolfcreek, are like. Which are your favs, and why. I am going to try and get up there next year. Don't know about Taos, but I ski at ski apache, and it is going fast..I think they are already closed, which is a good thing right now, but they did have a great year.. Lee
I have skied Taos, Santa Fe, and Pajarito but never Ski Apache, so I can't compare it to there.
Purgatory closes this weekend and Telluride the next. Purgatory is a spread out very flat area. Only about 1,800 vertical with mostly intermediate runs, anything steep ends in 150 yds and goes flat. It is not a mountain but rather a benched ridge. If you are a low end intermediate or beginner who likes easier cruisers you may enjoy it, but for an expert skier it is pretty much a joke. Telluride is a big mountain with twice the vertical of Pug and lots of easier groomed runs and steep mogal runs, but not a lot in between. The steep runs tend to be narrow and it does not have any real bowls. Good expert skiing but don't go unless that have at least a 50" base or you will be hitting lots of rock. It is a way better mountain than Purg or WC, but it is also much more expensive to ski and stay there.
I'm not sure when Wolf Creek closes, but the last couple years they have opened for late weekends, so check their website in late April and you may be suprised. It historically gets the most snow of any area in Colorado. Unfortunately it is weird wtih a short steep top which then really flattens out for the other 75% of the run. If you are an expert and want to ski the steeps you need to hike a bit. They have some fun terrain but it requires some work to get to it and then long flats back to the lift. Worth checking out for a day if they have new snow, but not a destination resort unless you are a low end intermediate. Great hot springs in Pagosa Springs.