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Purgatory Resort, Durango

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Take a turn along the many trails of Purgatory Resort amid the rugged San Juan Mountains. Ten ski lifts and 88 trails mean you'll rarely find lines for the slopes. The extraordinary amount of snowfall here--averaging 6.7 m (22 ft) per year--ensures that the slopes are well-supplied. At the summit at 3,299 m (10,822 ft), you'll be rewarded with views of peaks and bowls etched with evergreens and aspen trees. The resort's ominous nickname, Purgatory, comes from the name of the creek that runs through the region. Plan my trip to Durango with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • The staff was rude when we asked about only skiing one day after we found out we couldn’t ski the other 2 days we paid for. The rest of the staff was unknowledgeable about runs open and hours of opera...  more »
  • Unfortunately it was the first year since 1976 this area hasn’t seen snow but we were still able to ski here. Loved this place. Even if you don’t ski there are chairs set up so you can relax with the ...  more »
  • Nice resort but we unfortunately had very little snow over New Years with about 20% of trails open. Should not charge extra for tubing hill with a lift ticket and hours for this should be extended. Ex...  more »
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  • Fantastic local vibe, never crowded, and diverse and varied runs. No, it's not Vail. But you don't come here for that. You come for the laid-back vibe, the family friendly amenities, and the great staff. Plus of course excellent skiing. You can cover the entire mountain several times in a day, but it's never boring. Plenty of tree skiing if you want that, plus a ton of back country skiing if you want to hike. Limited food options in the resort village, so if eating out is your thing, you're probably better off staying in town.
  • Family wanted to "see snow this winter" since we don't have any in Albuquerque, I was extremely pleased with this place, prices were good, easy to park (we did park in the overflow, but a vans run every 5-10 minutes). You can tell the staff is been treated good, they are happy in their jobs and really helpful with any request. This place is beautiful and we are making plans to visit again before the season is over.
  • First time here. Great place for family and couples. Colorado bulldog drink was good. If u want to ski ,,ect but Your girl wants to shop they have that.Downs: Tubing not on set schedule even though web site says differently.Ski lifts just for skiers??? Even if I am paying just to go up? It seems like good place overall.I will return
  • Lack of snow is a bummer but what they are doing to provide a man made skiing experience is amazing! Don’t let the front side dirt and grass keep you away. I have enjoyed three days thus far of packed powder feeling skiing. Bring your good skis as coverage on skiable terrain is excellent. Beside what they have been lacking in snow has been made up by a great customer experience. The staff has been super accommodating, the new hot tub is crystal clean and delightfully hot. Yea lack of snow sucks but spending time with no phone, no computer and wife in hand is proving to be a nice silver lining!
  • We stayed in a 3 bedroom and it was great. The pool was warm, hot tub hot and rooms all clean. Access to the mountain was easy. Night life is a little lacking, but since we were with our kids, I didn't mind. I would definitely stay again.

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Immerse yourself in Durango's rich history by staying in one of downtown's turn-of-the-century hotels, where the buildings' brick architecture highlights a bygone era. Not only do these pack plenty of character, they offer proximity to the majority of the town's eateries, stores, and attractions. A motel farther out of town is typically cheaper, while a rural bed and breakfast is ideal for a romantic getaway. For an authentic western Colorado experience, consider a dude ranch on the outskirts.
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