I have skiied Purgatory (locals loving name) since 1982 and have lived on and off in Durango for the same time frame, and once again am living in Durango. I have skied almost all major destination ski areas in North America and find Purg to be the best. Traditionally it gets the second greatest snowfall in Colorado, and is undoubtely the only ski area in North America that is 100% fall line cut with no cross grain making it a cruisers paradise and very few blind spots in any of the runs. It has in my opinion THE FINEST preparation crews existing. All personnel affiliated with this area are super couteous and helpful. Apres ski life is a bit lacking unless one is willing to travel into down for dinner and entertainment....but after a real hard day skiing who wants to do that anyways. I have a real love affair going with the mountain and the townspeople.....I am a bit saddened with the rash of high priced development that is going on the mountain.