Purgatory Resort is a family-oriented ski resort located in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, 26 miles (42 km) north of the town of Durango. For a time it was known as Durango Mountain Resort until it came under new ownership in spring of 2015. The resort was then renamed back to the original Purgatory Resort. It was originally opened by Ray Duncan in 1965 and offers 85 trails, including 2 terrain parks, the Paradise Freestyle Arena, Pitchfork Terrain Garden, and a Burton Riglet Park for young snowboarders. The resort covers 1,360 skiable acres, with 88 trails and 10 ski lifts, including one six-person "Flying Couch" or "Six pack" and one high speed quad lift. Average annual snowfall is 260 inches per year, and artificial snow is produced on approximately one-fifth of the mountain. The elevation at the summit is 10,822 feet (3,299 m), with a vertical drop of 2,029 feet (618 m).
In spring 2015, Durango Mountain Resort was renamed back to Purgatory when James Coleman, who had grown up skiing in the area, bought the resort. The name change, popular with the local population, was one of several changes and improvements Coleman made soon after purchasing the ski area. During the 2015-2016 ski season, a new high-speed ski lift, Legends Lift, replaced an older lift on the backside of the mountain, cutting lift time from 15 minutes to 5 minutes.
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