If you are planning a single or multi-day ski trip to the Durango ski resort in Colorado, you can purchase your Durango Mountain Resort lift tickets on the resort website, at the on-mountain lift ticket office, at various King Soopers Supermarkets and at online discount ticket sites.
About the Durango Mountain Resort
The price of Durango Mountain Resort lift tickets is often a reflection of the ever-changing economy. You will likely hear Durango locals refer to the mountain as "Purgatory." This was its original name, but some people believe that it sums up its various financial crises.
A Brief History of Durango
The name Purgatory dates back to the Spanish Escalante Expedition during the 1700s. A member of the expedition party fell into the Animas River, which was located near the site which is now home to the ski area. The other members of the expedition called it "El Rio de Las Animas Perdidas en Purgatorio," which means the river of lost souls in purgatory.
The Purgatory Ski Resort opened in 1966. On-mountain hotels and condos were built in the 1980s. All was well until 1993 when the Norwest Bank of Denver refused to fund the 1993-1994 season. The resort's owner personally guaranteed the loan, and the resort resumed operation. When it was sold to new owners in 1998, the name was changed to Durango, in order to associate it with the nearby town.
Durango Mountain Resort Mountain Stats
The Durango Mountain Resort is located in the San Juan Mountains. It is situated at a base elevation of 8,793 feet, which rises to a summit elevation of 10,822 feet. The Durango Mountain Resort season begins in late November and ends in early April. Lift tickets may be cheaper in the early or late season, but most expensive during holidays, weekends and spring break.The resort has 10 lifts:
- One high-speed six person lift
- One high-speed quad
- Four triple chairs
- Three double chairs
- One magic carpet
The resort has 85 trails which are divided into 21 percent beginner, 46 percent intermediate, and 33 percent expert.
Durango Mountain Resort Lift Tickets
Unlike other Colorado ski areas, the Durango Mountain Resort does not offer a discount for purchasing your tickets online, nor does it offer discount lift and lesson plans. Durango lift tickets are, however, somewhat less expensive than those at other ski areas. You can purchase full or half-day tickets. In 2010, season passes were $895. If you will not be in Durango long enough to justify buying a season pass, but you plan to spend a considerable amount of time on the mountain, consider a Durango Flex Pass. The price was $129 in 2010 and it allows you to purchase lift tickets for $55 during regular season, $58 on weekends and $60 on holidays. Your first day is free.
Durango Lift and Lodging Packages
Durango has a variety of on mountain lodging packages, which include Durango Mountain Resort lift tickets. There are special packages for military personnel, kids stay free packages and discount packages that combine lift, lodging and airfare on Frontier Airlines.
Discount Durango Lift Tickets
Finding discount Durango lift tickets is like gambling. You have to rely on the luck of the draw. Websites such as On the Snow, Ski Coupons and Liftopia occasionally have discount lift tickets for Durango. You can also get lift tickets at some Warren Miller films. American Express occasionally offers Durango lift and lodging packages. King Soopers is the Colorado version of Kroger supermarkets. They sometimes have discount Durango lift tickets, but you will only save one or two dollars.