Heaven on Earth in Purgatory, Colorado

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is one of the favorite mountains of Alpine Ski Club & Adventure Tours.  We thought we would let you know of some of the exciting new additions to the mountain plus what to expect as added bonuses on our trips this 2011-12 ski/snowboard season.

This Winter experience the new Purgatory Plunge Zipline. “ Soar for more than the length of a football field at 35 mph and zip over skiers chillin’ on Purgatory Beach and at Purgy’s Patio.”  What fun!  I know it’s something we’re going to try.

The last few years, Purgatory has expanded its expert runs with gladed tree-skiing, they are now adding High Angle Grooming for those who want to experience steep runs but enjoy the corduroy.  Now Styx, Lower Hades, Catharsis and other trails will be groomed at different times throughout the season.  Only part of the run will be groomed while there will be plenty of ungroomed natural terrain for the experts.

For beginners, specialized Volkl skis can be rented with the newest  “rocker” technology which will make turning super easy .  They also use the graduated length method in their lessons.  (John from Alpine Ski Club skied with Cliff Taylor, the inventor of GLM who personally taught Clint Eastwood and the Hollywood crowd how to ski.) Thus beginners will feel more confident and progress faster while taking lessons from the professionals.

While we are in Durango for our Early Season Trip (Dec. 15-18), BrewSki  Demofest will bring winter sports and local craft beer together.  Snowshoes, backcountry packs and avalanche gear, alpine skis and snowboards are available to demo, then try samples of local award-winning craft beers.  Avalanche clinics will be offered throughout the weekend.  The terrain park will also be open during this trip due to new innovative techniques that Durango Mountain Resort has utilized in building terrain parks.

Our members during the MLK Trip to Durango (Jan. 13-16) will have the added benefit of being in Durango during Winterfest.  Sponsored by Backcountry Experience, activities such as ice climbing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, etc. will be offered.

Our special GCW/Winter Craze weekend (Feb. 3-6) will be during Durango’s Snowdown Winter Festival.  There will be over 60 different events throughout the weekend.  Events include an evening parade.  We are departing at 8 am specifically so we will arrive in time for the parade.  Some of the other events include a Ski Softball Tournament, Snowdown balloon Rally, wine tasting, beard growing contest, Snowdown Follies, Bed Race, a fireworks show and more.  And don’t forget all the special activities surrounding Superbowl.

Looks like we will have a great season in Durango, or is it Purgatory!




About Lee and John

Lee and John met on an Alpine Ski Club trip 10 years ago. As they discussed what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives, they thought if Gerry and Doris (who were the original owners of Alpine Ski Club) ever wanted to sell the company, that it would be perfect for them. Both of them love helping people, skiing, adventure, travelling and learning. They approached the Clynes and two years later, they were the proud owners of Alpine Ski Club. They added the "and Adventure Tours." It is everything they ever thought it would be and even more. Hearing members talk about how much they love the club and getting so many referrals, makes them feel good and the fact that they work hard at keeping the prices affordable and offering the best product that they can, is greatly appreciated by their members.