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Purgatory Resort Reviews

by: gentrysm - 19th February 2007

  • 3
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • 1Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

2/15-2/17 Powder conditions first two days made the skiing great. A few things everyone needs to know about DMR though. First, it is a 30 minute drive from DMR to Durango and there is no apres ski at DMR to speak of. Second, it is not a place for a beginner because the only way to base area is a blue called Demon, and it is steep and fast. Go somewhere else to learn (locals recommend Wolf Creek) then try DMR. Third, the double chair to head toward lift 5 & 8 is SLOW! Also, the lift 8 double is slow and you have to get on mid-mountain unless you can do blacks to the base of lift 8. Fourth, compared to Breck or Whistler the runs are short, but no so much so that you won't have lots of funs (I certainly did). Fifth, Harris Hill run is what some places refer to as advanced blue or blue-black. Make sure you are a good blue skier before choosing that run (but man is it fun!). Sixth, the signage at DMR is HORRIBLE! You will not find signage for several of the runs, you will miss turns since many are not marked, so go prepared and make sure all of your party knows what lift to meet at since that is often the only indicator of where you are to go. Seventh, the rental shop at DMR is small and slow and the lines can easily exceed an hour in length so think about renting in Durango, even if you wind up paying for an extra day you may find it worth it (especially if it is a holiday weekend). Finally, if you are going from DFW I recommend you fly Southwest Air Charter (800-525-0892) instead of driving up from Albuquerque, that is a LONG drive and you waste a day getting there and a day getting home. Also a warning, some Purgatory Townhome condo owners advertise their condos as ski-in, ski-out but they absolutely are not. They are however within walking distance as long as you are not wearing ski boots.

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