Purgatory at Durango Ski Getaways

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In a nod to the mountain's past, the full name of this area is Purgatory Mountain at Durango Mountain Resort. Call it Purgatory or Durango as you will, but by any name you'll find a broad-shouldered mountain in the scenic San Juans.

Fully half of the mountain's 1200 acres and 85 trails are devoted to intermediate skiers and riders, with about equal amounts of the remainder split between beginners and the advanced/expert crowd. The vertical rise is 2029 feet. The slopes see an average of 260" of snow each year; twenty percent or 250 acres of the terrain are covered by snowmaking.

Beginners aren't relegated to low-altitude slow zones either. True, Columbine is a beginners-only area, but up on the mountain there's a good choice of trails especially between the Hermosa Park Express and Engineer lifts. Intermediates, of course, will find plenty to keep them happy, from the Legends Triple on one end of the mountain to the Needles Triple on the other. Most of the black diamond terrain is located off these two chairs, too, but there's a sprinkling of advanced terrain-most notably Bull Run-in the mid-section of the mountain.

Freestylers will enjoy two terrain parks. Paradise is home to a 450-foot halfpipe as well as hits, rails, and drops; Pitchfork is geared towards beginners or those looking to sharpen their skills and features hips, rails, tabletops, gaps, and a big air hit or two.