Snow lovers exhibited a little style on the last day of the regular season at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort on Sunday, wearing everything from penguin costumes and neon snowsuits to tutus and bikinis.
The contrast between 70-degree weather and forecasts predicting a chance of snow Sunday night and this morning left some wondering if DMR would stay open for a few more weekends or close altogether.
Were supposed to get two more days of winter, but theyre not gonna pull it off, said Matt McKeon while lounging outside the lodge.
A few employees seemed to agree that there was no coming back from the warm weather.
It was a little thin this year, said Taylor Altman, a snowboarding instructor. I dont think they should stay open.
Still, the forecast had some people holding onto hope.
Id give em one more weekend, said Kelsey MacDonald while lounging in the sun with friends.
If DMR does hold on through April, the mountain would open only Friday through Sunday each week.
An updated schedule will be available at www.skipurg.com.
Despite this years patchy winter, most people said they still had a good season and a solid last day.
This was my second season at Purg, and I would definitely say it was a lot better than last year, MacDonald said.
Its been pretty good conditions today ski-wise, said Gloria Herrera, who was lounging outside the lodge with MacDonald wearing onesie pajamas. My best day was today this season because my dads here with me.
Other season highlights included great powder days and fun events.
The ski-bike weekend was pretty sweet, Altman said of his favorite event.
Good powder days were the most memorable, said Tim Maschino.
Maschino enjoyed the last day of the season despite dislocating his shoulder during his first run of the day on the backside of the mountain, he said.
Already thinking about next season, pass holders vowed to return.
Yeah, Ill get a pass next year, Maschino said. I think there will be more snow. Im ambitious like that.
End of the season or not, live music and good weather kept locals smiling as they closed the book on another San Juan Mountain winter.
The season was great. We started off a little worried at first, but they pulled it out at the end, said Purgys employee Evan Curry, who rode for 73 days this season. We got an 18-inch storm that was just beautiful.