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Hening claims sportsmanship award at regional skiing championships

A concussion suffered during a crash ended Gracey Hening’s ski season early. Awards still awaited her at the regional championships. Hening was one of four athletes from the Purgatory Ski Team to...

DATE: April 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

Purgatory Resort’s closure reverberates around Southwest Colorado

It’s not a normal sight: Purgatory Resort touting a base depth of 5 feet of snow during the spring break season, but with untracked slopes and not a skier to be seen. But these are not normal...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

PLOEN: Beauty of an unknown final score

As sports fans, there are few things more gripping than a close sporting event in the final minute of regulation. Every play, coaching instruction and bounce of a ball suddenly seems so fragile. It...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Sports

Purgatory Resort says no skiing front side of mountain

As tempting as it might seem, no, you can’t trek up Purgatory Resort’s ski trails and have the slopes all to yourself. In a statement issued Saturday by resort officials, Purgatory Resort asks the...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort extends closure, still hopes to open this season

While many ski resorts across North America have already committed to closing for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, Purgatory Resort north of Durango has hope it might be able to reopen again in...

DATE: March 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Governor extends closure of Colorado ski areas, orders schools closed

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday took more sweeping actions to try and slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Colorado, ordering the state’s ski areas to stay closed until at least April 6,...

DATE: March 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Polis closes ski areas in Colorado amid coronavirus outbreak

SALT LAKE CITY — As ski resorts across the United States grappled with how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus without having to close, industry giants Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain...

DATE: March 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Sports

Purgatory Resort to remain open amid coronavirus pandemic

Purgatory Resort is committed to staying open through April 12 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The ski resort north of Durango released a statement Thursday afternoon stating it would remain open...

DATE: March 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man falls from Purgatory lift

A man fell about 30 feet from the Purgatory Village Express lift about 1 p.m. Friday, but details of the incident and the extent of the man’s injuries have not been released by officials. The man’s...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

People with disabilities find community in recreation

PURGATORY – Jennifer Rushall grew up being told she could not ski. She never would, doctors once told her, but for the past five years, she’s proved them wrong. Rushall is from San Diego. She lives...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

In outdoor meccas, medical helicopters save lives

PURGATORY RESORT – Within minutes of the helicopter landing at Purgatory Resort, Petra Bier was out the door and rushing to the ski patrol officers huddled around a man lying on a stretcher. Bier,...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Skier at Purgatory who died after hitting tree ID’d

The 70-year-old Dallas man who hit a tree and died Saturday while skiing at Purgatory Resort was identified Sunday as Joel Eastman. Eastman hit a tree around 1:15 p.m. Saturday between Lift 3 and...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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