This is a great mountain that is 20-25 minutes from town. That is unless you don't know how to drive in snow or in the mountains. Don't believe the 45 minute claims from a recent poster, it's simply not true.
It has been voted one of the top family friendly mountains in the lower 48. They are expanding their terrain this summer and replacing Chair 8 with a high speed quad. It did rain for one day on this trip, but that happens to all ski resorts regardless of elevation. You might chalk that up to climate change. The town of Durango is great with all kinds of great food and nightlife. I will DEFINITELY return!