The New Year's Eve celebration at Purgatory started more than 20 years ago with the annual torchlight parade and fireworks display. The fun begins at dusk when more than 50 instructors from Purgatory's Ski and Ride School carefully carve their turns down the front side of the mountain, while carrying lit road flares. Fireworks explode overhead as they wind their way down to the base area.
New this year is a horse-drawn sleigh ride that departs from the base area and tours around the mountain. Purgy's will host bands and solo artists playing live concerts, along with dinner and drink specials throughout the day and past midnight. Purgy's is at the foot of the base village at Durango Mountain Resort, with a big outdoor deck and a big screen TV. Reservations are recommended.
New Year's guests will enjoy 125 acres of brand new, expert terrain which opens Dec. 20. The Legends Expansion is steep, and full of trees.
Durango Mountain Resort is fun for families, with 85 trails, two terrain parks, a children's play park, and NASTAR racing course. It's also known as Purgatory, and is located 25 miles north of the town of Durango, Colo. The name Purgatory comes from a witty farmer around the late 1800s who adopted the moniker for a nearby creek, a tributary of the Rio de las Anima Perdidas (the River of Lost Souls), dubbed by Spanish explorers for a group who disappeared on the river during Durango's early history.
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