I want to put in my "two cents" about the local folks and the Resort. I was very very impressed with how friendly each and every employee was at the Durango Ski Resort. I am including the vendors at the Resort who may not even be direct employees. It was so above and beyond what we expected that my group (yes, we are from Texas) commented on it repeatedly. It was obvious that the employees were making a special effort to make everyone feel welcome. I have no connection with the Resort, and was a first time visitor (at least for winter skiing). For example, my teenage son's Ski School instructor saw him the next day in passing and stopped to chat with him about how he was now doing and how much he enjoyed having him in the prior day's class. I found the local "in town" people to be very friendly too, and I come from a pretty small town where the people are friendly so I think I can tell the difference. We were there for the Christmas break.