As Denver shivered, it was sunny and in the 40s on the mountain north of Durango yesterday. While it hasn't snowed for a good week -- and lifts 5 and 8 on the back side were not open -- the views and the varied terrain, and the beautiful weather more than made up for it.
The resort opened 125 acres of expert tree skiing on the back side off of lift 8 for the season. Last year, a new $50 million day lodge opened.
Mark the date:
Locals Days are the time to save money -- lift tickets are $39, $25 for kids. The next one is this Sunday (January 10), followed by February 7 and March 7. Next weekend -- January 16-17 -- is Winterfest, offering all sorts of snow-related activities.
Where to eat and sleep:
"Instead of Purgatory, they should call it Traverse-atory." - snowboarder girl
"My theory is the horizontal sedimentary rock makes a series of benches and dropoffs that makes the place unique." - goateed geologist
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