Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Purgatory For Christmas

The push and pull of multiple household Christmas celebrations led to a free day on the actual day of Christmas for me, and it developed into a ski day at Purgatory in Durango. Tough to deal with, but I managed.

The view across the valley is of the West Needle Mountains, a sub-group of the San Juan Range. Probably the best view I've seen from a U.S. ski area. So far.

I hung out on the back side of the resort, lapping the chairs serving the more difficult trails. Not crowded at all. I don't ski them that well, but it's fun.

Towards the end of the day, a storm rolled in over the Needles, first surrounding the peaks with wisps of cloud, then obscuring them.

Snow cover was slightly challenging at times, but it's still early.

Generally conditions were great; i.e. good cover and very few rocks.


  1. Didn't look crowded on the slopes at least :). Always love The Needles, haven't hiked there in years. Merry belated Christmas! :)

  2. Jill - It was great day to ski, most folks inside until mid-day. Merry Christmas.

  3. I am so jealous. My mom has a cabin in Durango, and we try to get up there at least once a year. My husband and I have hiked all over the Durango-Silverton area over the years (scaled back recently because of our little addition). We actually hiked Castle Rock within days of each other back in August (it is how I found your blog).

    I wish I was there now. It looks beautiful in the snow.