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Terrain Parks - Purgatory Resort


Rider's Guide

The mountain gets 260 inches, has 10 lifts including two high-speeds lifts to over 80 trails, with a longest run of over 10,000 feet and is rated 23 percent beginner, 51 percent intermediate, and 26 percent advanced.

Parks and Pipes

Paradise Freestyle Arena has 10 consecutive hits with a 50-foot competition jump and jibbing features with boxes, a rainbow rail, two street rails, a balance beam and a 45-foot S-rail. The halfpipe is 400-feet long with 15-foot walls. The big attraction at Purgatory is the natural snowboarding. The locals head for the Legends lift, but if you're looking for trees, go on Poet's Glade or Paul's Park. On the front side, you'll likely find deep, deep powder at Styx. Upper Hades and Lower Hades are a renowned steep mogul field that, along with Pandemonium and Catharsis, can challenge even the most experienced snowboarder. If you want to carve, try Paradise and Sa's Psyche. Take the Engineer lift to Demon, which is a gully that features a fully natural halfpipe.

Out of Bounds

At the Ski Concierge in the Purgatory Village Center, you can book activities such as winter fly-fishing, tubing, snowmobiling, and dinner sleigh rides. Trimble Hot Springs is eight miles north and you can enjoy natural mineral springs that fill two outdoor therapy pools, one heated to 90 degrees F and the other to 105. You can also dip into a heated outdoor 50-meter pool. Ride the snowcats with The San Juan Ski Company to 35,000 acres of virgin powder. El Diablo tours the San Juan Mountains near Silverton. Both are must-dos. You can also take a ride back in time on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, founded in 1880.

Hangout & Hookup

The Schoolhouse Cafe is the local hangout. Carver's Brewing Co., Steamworks, and Lady Falconburgh's Barley Exchange have the microbrews on tap and the large groups of students from Fort Lewis College. El Rancho is a tradition, while The Wild Horse Saloon has dancing and live music. Visit Solid Muldoon's and Coloradaponga for a game of pool. The Diamond Belle Saloon is great for 1890's style entertainment.