“Welcome to Purgatory” reads the entrance sign. Halfway between Earth and Heaven lies family fun that is not limited to just snowy days and not restricted to just skiing or snowboarding. While on a recent tour of the resort, I’ve learned that cold and warm weather choices here are many – it may just be time to expand your horizons. I intend to expand mine.
The resort has officially announced its first day of the winter season. Durango Mountain Resort’s opening day 2014 is November 28. Skip Black Friday altogether and spend a beautiful day on the mountain. In addition to skiing and riding, the resort offers activities I didn’t realize even existed.
For a thrill, look into Snowcat skiing and snowboarding. This is perfect for the adventurous types that like the backcountry. Ever tried ice climbing? Now’s your chance.
For a change of pace, try Snow Coaster tubing, snowmobiles, snowshoe tours, Nordic skiing, or dog sledding.
After the brisk winter days are behind us, there’s no reason to wait for another visit. Durango Mountain Resort offers warm weather fun as well. My family and I took advantage of the Total Adventure Ticket. With this pass, each person chooses five of the following activities: Alpine slide, Purgatory Plunge zipline, scenic chairlift, bungee trampoline, Sky Hike ropes course, Water Runners, Gyro Chair, mini golf, climbing wall, mechanical bull, bounce house, mining for gold and mountain bike lift.
I had my first experience on a zipline on this trip. I’m not one to shy away from heights, but my heartbeat did quicken while on the platform. While I was questioning my choice, I was distracted by the beauty of the mountain. The resort is located in a postcard-perfect setting of wild flowers, evergreens and lush grass. The slight chill in early fall served to boost my euphoria as I was hooked to the line and set off on a smooth glide to the ground.
For the rest of the afternoon, I was soundly beaten by my son and husband at mini golf, enjoyed a serene chair lift ride to the top of the mountain, and screamed down the Alpine Slide twice (this time I won).
That night, the three of us settled in to a comfortable two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in the Peregrine Point building. The full kitchen and roomy areas in which to lounge made all the difference. After a lifetime of choosing hotel rooms over condos, I’m turning the corner. Space is good – there’s no doubt about it.
Durango Mountain Resort sets itself apart from other ski resorts in its manageable size and surprising variety of activities during warm seasons and cold. Make plans today to experience it all. Visit the resort’s website to learn more.
My thanks to Kim Oyler for arranging the stay! Kim, I’ll definitely be back.