Groomed steeps, a thrill-a-minute zip line and an Old West terrain park await skiers and riders who head to Durango Mountain Resort this winter.

The ownership at the mountain spent some cash this summer to upgrade both on-mountain and near-mountain experiences for their visitors, headlined by a new zip line.

The Purgatory Plunge debuted this past June for folks looking for an adrenalin rush in the air. Now, it’s set for the winter season.

For $25, a thrill-seeker climbs to the top of the village tower in the resort’s main plaza, gets instructions and hooks onto one of two lines. The 420-foot ride reaches 35 mph as it plunges off the tower and over the resort’s prime après-ski area, Purgy’s Bear Bar and Purgatory Beach. The zip line hours coincide with Durango's hours of operations for the winter season.

Another investment made over the summer was the purchase of a specialized groomer and winch that allows mountain crews to knock out moguls and lay down corduroy on some of Durango’s steepest slopes. Throughout the season, skiers and riders will find a smooth surface on Experience Styx, Lower Hades, Catharsis and others. Moguls will remain on at least half of the expert runs on the mountain, according to Durango officials.

In the terrain park, the resort management has constructed a new Animas City Adventure Park that features storefronts from the Old West. This historic-setting park follows last season’s addition of the Pinkerton Starter Park, which had small-sized features for beginners and novices to the the freestyle world.

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