Durango Mountain Resort making changes

With four inches of snow on Oct. 27, Durango Mountain Resort is on track to make its projected Thanksgiving opening date of Nov. 25.

Following up on last season’s Legends terrain expansion, which added 30 percent more expert terrain, Durango Mountain Resort is adding even more new terrain for 2010-2011, this time on the front side of the mountain. The new tree-skiing area will be known as “The Ambassadors Glade.”

The resort’s 1,360 skiable acres now comprise 20 percent beginner terrain, 45 percent intermediate terrain, and 35 percent advanced/expert terrain.

New this winter…

Durango Mountain Resort is ramping up its terrain park offerings by constructing the park features out of dirt. By building hits and carving pipes from earth instead of snow, less snow will be needed to open the parks, which then can be opened earlier in the season and maintained consistently throughout the season.

Durango Mountain Resort also is expanding its snowmaking capabilities on Pandemonium, its popular signature run. Enhanced snowmaking will ensure a quality skiing experience from early to late season, regardless of cooperation from Mother Nature.

For your dining pleasure…

Under the new management of Carly Vanhof, the Creekside Italian Kitchen will be serving up a fresh, new, family dining experience, featuring homemade ingredients, including pizza dough made from scratch and delicious pasta dishes. Family-style dinner specials will offer dish-to-pass comfort food at affordable pricing for family and friends to enjoy.

Purgy’s will be serving an expanded menu including a salad bar and healthy sandwich offerings. Purgy’s dinner service will now offer a casual dining menu from 3pm to 9pm for the apres-ski crowd with the fine dining menu added from 6pm to 9pm in the fireside dining area. Purgy’s guests also will enjoy the restaurant’s new, expanded seating areas.

Around the resort…

New for winter 2010-2011, guests now can book lodging, rent equipment, and reserve special activities directly via a new web booking module on the resort’s web site at http://www.durangomountainresort.com. Guests who rent skis or snowboards from Purgatory Rentals can choose from a brand new rental fleet of the latest equipment from top manufacturers. The Expert Edge Express mobile demo cart will bring demo equipment slopeside, making it quick and easy to demo this season’s newest skis and boards. And our expanded helmet offering will help support our safety program that will require children 14 years or younger to wear helmets when participating in any DMR-sponsored program.

Durango Mountain Resort is offering a new lineup of lessons for everyone from beginners to experts this winter. For those who have never skied or snowboarded before, “Start ‘Em Off Right” is designed with everything a newcomer needs for his or her first day on the slopes, including a full day of professional instruction, rental package, and lift ticket, for the all-inclusive price of $99 during the regular season and $105 during the holiday season.

For more advanced skiers and snowboarders who would like to take their skills to the next level or learn a specific new skill, the resort is offering a series of “Experiences”...from the “Frontside Experience,” which includes tips on how to ski the trees and terrain in the new Ambassadors Glade, the “Carving Experience,” designed to teach techniques to maximize the performance of the latest shaped skis, and the “Powder Experience,” for those who want to master Southwest Colorado’s legendary powder snow.

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