GeorgiaTyler wrote:If you know what's up you call it Purgatory. Toursists call in DMR. Actually the view from the top is pretty sweet. MUCH better than alot of Front Range resorts i've been to(no offense). At least you see trees and mountains and there aren't winds and crowds that drive you off the hill...
GeorgiaTyler wrote:I'm not complaining during spring break though! Lift 8 new terrain def. gets steeper and lots of trees and the further you go towards the boundry the steeper it gets and there are some really great tree runs, check it out. On the front side they added some glade runs that are pretty steep and have some cliff bands. I'm still thinking of a 14er to compare Purg to, but good call on the Texans..
Thanks for the insider scoop. Purgatory will be my Colorado ski resort equivalent of a 14er finisher. hahaha. Unless I'm using the list that counts all of the small "unranked" ski places in Colorado like Howelsen. But I have been to Echo, Cooper and SolVista. I'm a Loveland pass holder and get 3 free days at Purgatory but have not used them yet. It has to happen this year.
Remember that 3 foot front range dump that Denver got a few years ago... I decided to go to Echo just after that storm when their road opened. I was there totally alone one night and skied untouched and bottomless powder under the lights and right off the lift. All the park stuff was buried in 5'+. I went back the next night and took a friend and we had the same conditions but raced into the surrounding glades. We couldn't stop laughing. And to think I went to work both days and then to "happy hour" of powder turns under the lights. Outdoor speakers were blaring music, no one was there, the park was buried in a deep pow blanket... it has to be one of the craziest powder day experiences of my life. Unfortunately, Echo hasn't been the same since. However, I know those freak storms can bury places like Echo and Purgatory and make them feel like your own private dream powder resort for a day. I love some of the smaller ski resorts.
Wolf Creek is less than 5 hours from Denver. It's on the eastern side of the San Juans. Just outside of Alamosa/South Fork.
Purgatory is north on 550 in between Durango and Silverton. It will take you about 6.5 hours.
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