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Old 09-30-2012, 07:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm starting to put together a trip and my plans for SLC have been vetoed. I've been out to Wolf before, but don't know the Colorado resorts real well. Our focus is on the snow and run quality, nightlife is not really a consideration for us. I think I should be looking at: Silverton, Purgatory and Telle. Any thoughts on these, is one better than the other, is there some where else I should look at?
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cross Purgatory off. Unless you are here for a week or more. I wouldn't want to spend a trip there. You could visit both Sivlerton and Wolf Creek from Durango. Which is the closest to Purgatory. Plus Durango is a sweet town.

Silverton is only open Thur-Sun high season. The town is awesome, but unless you are riding shoulder season it's guided only. So $125 a day. Lodging is relatively cheap there though, and it's a great spot. If you are backcountry savvy, have splitboards and requisite avalanche gear, Red Mountain pass is an amazing backcountry spot too.

TRide is the most complete spot. The one mountain I haven't ridden at, but I don't need to ride there to know it's good. Unfmoose hangs there, you might want to PM him as he knows the area.

I think it's a good choice to stay away from the Summit/Vail front range spots.

Other spots you might consider. Crested Butte, my favorite mountain when I am riding chairs. The mountain is just steep. The town is great. You can save some money staying in Gunnison which is about 25-30 minutes from Crested Butte. Or you can split the difference and stay in Almont. The Almont Resort is a great place to stay in winter. It's off season for them. Lodging is reasonable, the bar and restaurant is quality. Plus you can stumble from the bar to your cabin across the parking lot. It's been awhile since I've stayed there, but I do believe they still get discount tickets for Crested Butte mountain to boot.

Aspen would be the other place. Pricey, but no more so than Telluride. Four mountains and it's a scene like no other. Great restaurants, nightlife, and such. You can play it how ever you want there. Mellow or rowdy, whatever. The mountains are excellent.

As far as snow quality goes. If it snows, it's awesome right? It's Colorado, so the snow falls lighter than anywhere else in the US. All of those places are pretty awesome when it's on.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I wouldnt necessarily cross Durango/Purgatory off the list. I did a week trip there last season and it was awesome. Stayed in a 3 bed hotel room 30 mins from the mountain for $50 a night and the mountain isnt huge but has everything: 3 parks, good trees and even a few cliffs that are pretty nice if you know where to look. Got our lift tix from our local ski shop for like $60 ahead of time...



So if you are on a budget its a legit place for sure, plus you can do what we did and take a day or two to drive to telluride or wolf creek. (we ended up only doing telluride because the day we planned on wolf creek purgatory got 20"!)

All that being said I can see why KillClimbz would say forget about it. We originally wanted to stay in telluride but decided to save the $$ and stay in durango, and the 1 day we did hit Telluride it was definitely not enough to experience everything.

Plus it was only a 7 hour drive to Durango for us so since your flying you have a lot more options, just depends on how much $ you wanna spend

Youll for sure end up doing the same runs multiple times if you spend most of your days at Purgatory but my group didnt mind, even though we usually ending up finding what runs end at the park and variate through those for most of the day.

If youve got the money for Telluride you wont be disappointed.

I didnt get a chance to hit wolf creek but all the locals in durango praised it very highly for its powder, i hear its lacking in park if thats what your looking for though

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Don't get me wrong, Purgatory can be fun. It's just small, the snow fall isn't nearly as plentiful as the surrounding spots. Plus the fall lines there are kind of weird. Durango is a great town though and isn't resort based like the others. Plus there are actually girls there. Most plentiful in the college aged variety due to the University. But hey there are actually girls...
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Thanks for the info. Sounds like Telle is the place. We'll be in town for a week and planning 5 days on the mt. It looks like Silverton is about 90 minutes away so may try and get a day there too.
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Thanks for the info. Sounds like Telle is the place. We'll be in town for a week and planning 5 days on the mt. It looks like Silverton is about 90 minutes away so may try and get a day there too.
Good choice, the whole area is beautiful too.

Oh and a word of advice, make sure you hit Revelation Bowl and do it early! because the skiers like to track that one out quickly and its probably the best view of the whole place...That is unless you aren't good with heights! The lift up is probably the steepest ive ever been on, definitely wouldnt want to get stuck or have to go backwards on that one.

Although Im guessing that wont be a problem if your planning on Silverton
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Cross Purgatory off. Unless you are here for a week or more. I wouldn't want to spend a trip there. You could visit both Sivlerton and Wolf Creek from Durango. Which is the closest to Purgatory. Plus Durango is a sweet town.
Noooo....baaad. Purgatory is my home resort, and it should definitely not be crossed off the list. Plus the tickets are half the price of Telluride's.
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Noooo....baaad. Purgatory is my home resort, and it should definitely not be crossed off the list. Plus the tickets are half the price of Telluride's.
Oh come on, I am not really bagging on Purgatory. It is not a destination resort. For someone coming out of state it is not what most are looking for. Plus, by sending people elsewhere it keeps the usage level down saving more powder for you...
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