Purgatory

Glory days of Purg

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ann Butler’s mother, Kathy Butler, ran the accounting department for Purgatory Ski Area from January 1966, a month after it opened, until 1982. As a girl, Ann Butler helped process...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

DMR ownership explores shake-up

An ownership change may be in the forecast for Durango Mountain Resort. Chuck Cobb, the resort’s chairman, owns a slight ownership majority of the ski resort. He’s looking for a buyer for some or...

DATE: April 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory’s patrons celebrate the end

Paradise is closing. Terry Zink, bartender at the popular pizzeria at the base area of Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, was stacking chairs and breaking down the restaurant’s patio on Sunday....

DATE: March 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Inferno’ and Who’s Who

When Shakespeare asked “What’s in a name?” he eloquently stated a question man has had since time immemorial: What do names mean? In the case of Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, there...

DATE: March 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Great snow,’ then an ordeal

What would you do? You’ve spent the morning skiing with your wife. The kids are in ski school, and before lunch you decide to duck off on your own for some untracked snow. Recent storms have...

DATE: March 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Regaining freedom

In this race, it’s not about how fast you go. It’s more about how much fun you can have. It’s more about building confidence. It’s more about sharing happiness. The Adaptive Sports Association’s...

DATE: March 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory wins subdivision approval

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort on Tuesday won permission from La Plata County commissioners to subdivide lots at Purgatory Village, a step toward future development. The subdivided parcels...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

12-year-old girl hits tree at Purgatory

A Flight for Life helicopter landed near the base of chairlift 3 on Friday morning at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort where a 12-year-old girl hit a tree. The girl’s condition was not...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

An opening to remember

Skiers packed Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort on Friday for what longtime skiers said was the best opening day in many years. Skiers were greeted with soft and ample snow, warm temperatures...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Safe skulls

As Durango Mountain Resort prepares to open for the winter season Friday, many skiers and snowboarders will wear helmets to protect themselves against injury. Helmets have quickly proliferated...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

It’s been worse, it’s been better

The following snow report should make skiers and snowboarders smile.If history is any indication, there always will be enough powder at Purgatory to make it worth the trip up the hill.But the...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

A crazy circle brings him back

PURGATORY – Over there is where I flew 219 feet and pulverized my left leg into 26 pieces, the tall, earnest man tells you.These slopes, Bryan East continues, motioning to the Columbine beginners’...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel