When winter weather takes over Durango there are plenty of things to do. Satisfy your sense of adventure with some exhilarating skiing near Durango. There is a place for all levels of skiers within 30 minutes drive from downtown. Whether you are looking for a resort experience with groomed trails, or an expert expedition complete with a heli-drop, you won’t be disappointed with the available options for skiing near Durango. No gear? No problem. The options below offer equipment rentals for visitors too.
Purgatory Mountain is located just 30 minutes north of Durango in the San Juan Mountains. There are 1,605 acres of skiable terrain, complete with 99 trails, 12 lifts and five terrain parks. The mountain is a great option for outdoor adventure seekers. Each year, Purgatory receives a consistent amount of snow, so there is little concern about weather and conditions. Visitors can book a stay at the resort and hit the slopes all day long. The resort and mountain open mid-November each year.
Wolf Creek Ski Area
Located in the nearby town of Pagosa Springs, Wolf Creek Ski Area is an easy 30 minute drive from Downtown Durango. This location opens in early November for just the weekends, with hours extending as the season continues. There are 1,600 skiable acres in this area, and its claim to fame is having “The Most Snow in Colorado” with an annual 430 natural inches. Wolf Creek has a mix of slopes for anyone, from beginner to expert, and lifts open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on a typical day.
Advanced skiers will enjoy an experience at Silverton Mountain. Silverton Mountain is the highest ski area in North America. This location is for advanced and expert skiers only. Visitors are guaranteed an exhilarating adventure because trails are not groomed and provide a “real mountain experience.” Visitors can take on a guided day, or an unguided day. There are also help drops available as an additional service.
Hesperus Ski Area
Hesperus Ski Area is the closest to downtown Durango, just an easy 11 mile drive west. It is best known for night skiing and riding on the 8,888 foot summit. With options for season tickets, half day tickets, full day tickets, night skiing and free tickets for children and seniors, this flexible option is great for skiers of all levels. First time visitors also have the option of taking a free lesson with the purchase of a lift ticket.
Be sure to check each location’s website for updated information, opening dates, hours and prices. Book a hotel in Durango soon- winter is a popular time to visit, as there are many events and activities that are unique to this season. Take advantage of the many deals available to make the most of your stay, and be sure to pack warm clothes for your outdoor adventures!