Family friendly, varied terrain, easy access, reasonable pricing
lots of flats, learn the mountain, slower lifts
What a great year to visit Durango/Purgatory. Plenty of regular dumps, not very crowded, wonderful weather, fairly priced accommodations, and a great family time. We stayed over Pres Wkd, and never found crowds an issue. The fresh snow meant that the grooming, sporadic though it was, didn't really disappoint. There was plenty of mountain for every level, and we liked the fact that blacks, blues and greens intersected regularly, so we could ski to our own levels and still meet up easily. Nightlife was limited, or a 30 min drive to town, so this isn't for the big Apres-Ski folks. We recommend Durango for almost everyone. The lodge upgrades are very nice, and the condos on the slopes are either new or in the process of being upgraded.