Purgatory

Purgatory

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Purgatory

Purgatory3/55
Purgatory3 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
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  • Would Revisit
    60%

Purgatory - Reviews

Purgatory - Reviews

Purgatory - Midweek Non-Holiday

Michael Adamski
26/06/2019
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Purgatory - Midweek Non-Holiday

Michael Adamski
26/06/2019
Full transparency: This is my local mountain. So here's the deal... we get more snow than Telluride and less people. Plus the lift tickets are about half what they are at T-ride. Now if you show up on a holiday weekend, you're going to deal with huge liftlines. This is how it is at any resort. But generally, Purg is not a destination-type ski area. Off-holiday, midweek you will have runs all to yourself. And never a liftline! Stay in Durango for the restaurants and nightlife. People love the town's "Old West" feel. The drive is on a well-maintained (mostly) four lane highway.

Rather earns its name...

Laura
31/12/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    3

Rather earns its name...

Laura
31/12/2016
The poet Dante informs us that purgatory is an indifferent realm of apparently interminable waiting. This resort strives to earn its name!
After a friend with comp passes flaked on us and we paid full price, we got to wait for one hour and fifty minutes for my son's rental gear. The efficiency of the rental shop was hampered by the vices of its employees, two of whom took cigarette breaks while the rental line wound out the door and down the stairs. Lift lines are similarly lengthy, and the operators similarly indifferent.
At lunch, in an exhausted-looking restaurant called Dante's (get it?!) a wad of humanity swelled through the greasy turnstile and toward the vicinity of the grill. Maybe the patrons of the resort are weary of lines and could not muster the energy to form one.
At the grill, one employee belatedly observed that he ought to cook a few more burgers. There was one burger on the grill and approximately one hundred people hovering in front of him. At 12:47 pm, one of the three beers was already tapped out. Employees at this establishment typified the unique degree of attention to detail and interest in the happiness of customers that distinguishes this resort from any other I have visited.

Awesome for families with multiple levels of ski ability!!

A Campbell
15/02/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    4

Awesome for families with multiple levels of ski ability!!

A Campbell
15/02/2015

Our family of 7 (5 kids ages 18 to 6) visited over Christmas 2014. We were lucky with the snow....over 26 inches fell during our week and a good base had formed before our arrival. We had 2 days of skiing powder and LOVED it!

We stayed at Eolus. The resort is quiet at night which was fine as we were all exhausted from skiing all day. We cooked most of our meals. The eating places are quite pricey as you would expect.

The skiing levels range from beginner kids to experienced adults. EVERYONE had a blast! The ski school was wonderful for the 2 little kids (they loved it). The family lessons for 2 teenagers and mom with Pete was fantastic. The teen snowboarder and Dad had plenty to do. The best part was the older kids felt comfortable taking on the trails on their own and returning to the condo as they wished.

The lift lines were nonexistent even after Christmas (maybe 5/7 minutes for the 6 pack). My husband who is the most experienced said DMR offered enough to keep him challenged and have time with the family. We didn't experience off-piste, but there were quite a few people who were and seemed to be having a good time with the powder. Lots of ski/board tracks seen in the trees.

The family left DMR making plans for our return. A FANTASTIC holiday!!

Great for Beginners/Intermediates/Families

Ian
03/05/2014
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    4

Great for Beginners/Intermediates/Families

Ian
03/05/2014
As an adult beginning alpine skier, I would have to agree that this resort is probably better suited to beginners and intermediate skiers. I visited this past season with almost no exposure to alpine skiing, though I have skied cross country my entire life. The first day on the slopes was a little intimidating, but by day two I skied some intermediate runs without incident and after three days few of the intermediate runs were overly intimidating.

I skied no expert runs for obvious reasons, but they are a smaller overall proportion of the total runs, so I had plenty to keep me occupied. Some of the lifts are older, but very serviceable, and I felt that the runs were generally well laid out and fun to ski. Also, the instructors at the ski and snowboard school were great. My five year old son was treated very well - he is a quiet kid, but the instructors really drew him out and were very patient and friendly.

I would definitely recommend for beginning and intermediate skiers. The resort has less to offer more seasoned expert level skiers, but they can probably still enjoy some of the more difficult blue runs and the expert runs that are available.

Durango - Perfect for Families

16/07/2010

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    3

Durango - Perfect for Families

16/07/2010
Pros: perfect for families; very well suited to beginners and intermediates with an abundance of big long cruisers; interesting groomers for strong intermediates; terrain parks and a half-pipe (when it’s been built); cheap accommodation in Durango; good nightlife in Durango; and lots of nearby activities including the very interesting Mesa Verde.

Most of the black runs are generally covered in moguls so this is pro or con depending on your love of bumps.

Cons: limited snowfall; little to entertain experts; minimal tree skiing (the new section is good but more is required); and no alpine terrain.