DURANGO mountain resort
Durango Mountain Resort is considered by many to be one of the finest ski resorts in the United States, formerly known as Purgatory. Durango Mountain Resort offers great snow skiing from Thanksgiving to April.
The resort has nine chairlifts taking the skier up the 10,822-foot mountain. The mountain has 70 maintained trails covering 675 acres, 250 inches of average annual snowfall and a vertical drop of 2,029 feet offering skiers of all abilities as much challenge and enjoyment as they want.
Although famous for it's snow skiing, Durango Mountain Resort offers residents and vacationers year-round excitement.
The biggest attraction at the base is probably the Alpine Slide. Ride the chairlift up and then cruise down the track on a toboggan for over half a mile. Each sled has a control stick that regulates the speed of descent, and there are two banked tracks, running side by side. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bring along your mountain bike, or rent one at the base. Once up top, you can access over 50 miles of bike trails, from scenic novice loops to the very difficult 1990 World Mt. Bike Championship Trail.
It’s perfect for exploring the spectacular Hermosa Valley, or flying down a single-rack. Mountain bike tours and guides are also available at the base area.
There is a fee for each individual activity. Or you can buy one ticket for everything. It’s called the Total Adventure Ticket™.
It provides unlimited access to the resort’s most popular activities, including the Alpine Slide, scenic chairlift rides, disc golf, human maze, and mini golf.
Durango's summer events include the Adventure Extreme Series, NORBA National Mountain Bike Championships, Kids Summer Adventure Camp and classical music.
Durango Mountain Resort is located in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, 25 miles north of Durango.
Carved by glaciers, the mountain is a unique blend of roller coaster benches and headwalls, double fall lines and glades, and wide-open cruisers with stunning views.
The mountain receives over 260 inches of snow annually, much of it in overnight snowfalls followed by bluebird days. This phenomenon has earned Durango Mountain Resort the #1 ranking in North America for winter weather.
The front side of the mountain features many runs named after or inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy: Pandemonium, Paradise, Catharsis, Demon, and Divinity to name a few.
The front side also offers some of Durango Mountain Resort's premier mogul runs - such as Lower Hades and Styx - as well as the gentle, forested beginner terrain surrounding the Twilight chairlift.
On the back side, Durango Mountain Resort has some of its signature runs, such as Dead Spike, Peace, and Sally's Run. The back side is a mix of great cruisers (Durango Mountain Resort's grooming is considered some of the best in Colorado) and longer, challenging steeps.
When you're really ready, try the big bumps on Elliott's, Wapiti, or Bull Run, or the glades of Paul's Park.
The mountain has an addition two terrain parks: Paradise Terrain Park, with a 400 feet halfpipe, hits, rails & drops; and Pitchfork Terrain Park, which features hips, rails, table tops and gaps.
After a day of adventurous skiing and boarding, take in the majestic views of the San Juan Mountains while perusing a variety of shops and restaurants and participating in resort activities among the resort.
The Village is the center of your vacation, as well as a great place to relax and grab some rays in a sunny beach chair, or watch the evening alpenglow over the Needles Peaks.
Choose from a scenic winter train ride, dinner sleigh ride, Snowcat skiing, snowmobile tours, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, casino gambling, snow tubing at the Alpine SnowCoaster hill, spectacular Mesa Verde National Park and many more.
The choices in lodging are as vast as the ski mountain,
ranging from the luxurious
slopeside townhomes of Durango Mountain Resort's cozy
alpine village to the nearby Old West town of Durango.
The Alpine Slide
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