Best New Ski Terrain - 2010
McCormack's Maze and Hoody's
In December, Purgatory expanded its expert terrain offerings by 30 percent with the opening of 125 acres of steep new tree-skiing runs known as the Legends and serviced by the Legends lift. McCormack's Maze and Hoody's — named for Durango's senior VP of mountain operations Mike McCormack and VP of base area operations Jim "Hoody" Hards — represent the first phase of the first expansion at Purgatory in more than twenty years. To clear the new terrain, the resort used an environmentally friendly "lop-and-scatter" method, following U.S. Forest Service guidelines to cut only standing dead timber, hazard timber and non-merchantable timber less than six inches in diameter, and leaving the cut trees on the forest floor to eliminate the need for heavy machinery and enhance wildlife habitat. Translation? It's tight in there. Watch out for that tree!