Durango Mountain Resort

Durango, Colorado
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Type: Lift-serviced / Resort

Posted by: JBarber on April 28, 2011


Durango Mountain Resort (formerly known as Purgatory) features 1,360 skiable acres, 250 of which is covered with snow making equipment. The highest point on the mountain is 10,882 feet, giving the resort a 2,029 foot vertical drop.

Durango Mountain Resort offers 10 lifts and the slope ratings are roughly split: 20% beginner, 45% intermediate, and 35% advanced. Max uphill capacity is 15,050 skiers and snowboarders per hour. Average annual snowfall is 230 inches and there are 88 runs.

Skiing (Downhill), Snowboarding


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DurangoMtBikeTours   Tourist
November 30, 2011
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DMR or Purg as the locals refer to it has variety of terrain for the whole family. A great resort to bring kids to with a ton of activities off the snow. A recent expansion to the village and added expert terrain has been a hit. Be sure to check out the park on the front side and hit Rays Ridge on the back off lift 8. The ski and ride school is as good if not better than any in the US
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mtbgreg1   Out of Bounds
February 24, 2014
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My wife and I just recently visited Durango Mountain Resort, and we had a great time skiing there!

DMR's pros are:
-Highspeed lifts
-Wide-open, rolling, intermediate groomers that are great for cruising
-Great terrain parks
-Good base amenities
-Fantastic views!

However, I honestly expected to be more impressed with DMR. While I enjoyed myself thoroughly, the snow conditions while we were there were severely lacking. After talking with some locals, it sounds like DMR is having a really rough year, but they still only receive 260 inches of natural snow per year on average. Compared to a lot of nearby Colorado resorts, and not to mention Utah resorts, this isn't really a lot of snow.

Next up on the cons list, I really felt like a lot of their terrain was rated with a higher difficulty than it deserved. I skied a double-black diamond glade (Mccormick's Maze, I believe), and I didn't spot any real double-black sections there. One other Double Black run had one short, steep section that MIGHT have been deserving of the rating, but even that is debatable. Some of the single-black runs could have been labeled as blues, and some of the blues could have been labeled as greens. Even with the terrain that they supposedly have labeled as "black," there isn't much of it to go around.

Verdict: If you like skiing rolling, wide-open intermediate groomers with fantastic views of rugged peaks, then I highly recommend DMR! But if you enjoy skiing deep powder and steep, challenging terrain, I'd recommend heading elsewhere.
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Trisha   Bunny Slope
February 26, 2012
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OK, it's my hometown ski resort, so I have to give it a "5," but I will say that we have skied several ski areas in Colorado and New Mexico and continue to feel that Durango Mountain Resort is our favorite! There is an area devoted entirely to beginners and some nice green runs, the most excellent, scenic, interesting blue runs I have ever skied, and plenty of black runs as well. One area of the mountain is devoted to more extreme terrain. Durango Mountain resort is known for its terrain parks. There are four terrain parks, with other boxes/ jumps scattered throughout the mountain. My advice is to move away from the "front side" after a few runs, as there is a greater variety of runs, fewer people, and nicer snow on the back. Lift tickets are more affordable at DMR and it can offer the best of both worlds--with the feel of a smaller resort and many of the amenities of a larger one (such as more powerful lifts and a variety of runs). DMR's limitations may be a smaller number of green runs than other resorts its size--(although many of the blue runs are "easy blues") and its restaurants are somewhat limited in terms of what they offer. Try staying at a condo on the moumtain, as they also offer access to the nice heated pool/ hot tub and give you more space than the hotel. A shuttle runs between the mountain and condos scattered around the DMR area. We have season passes and never really seem to tire of the variety of runs that DMR offers us.
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JBarber   Double Black Diamond
April 28, 2011
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Durango Mountain may not be as big as some of the other ski areas in Colorado but but there's enough to keep you busy for a least a few days. When we visited there was about a foot of powder on the ground and it snowed pretty much the whole day. Is there such a thing as too much powder? Probably not but at DMR that day we got close to our limit! :)
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