Here's what's up for the '19/'20 Ski Season
Alright Durango, we’ve had possibly one of the best summers we’ve seen in years, all thanks to the best winter we’ve had in years. Endless powder, and in return endless days of highwater on the Animas that made for some crazy trips. But the 2018/2019 season has officially ended and it’s time to look forward to the 2019-2020 ski season (and eventually summer season!).
As we look to this next season of (fingers crossed) snow, there are plenty of factors to look at. Take a peak at this post from the Durango Weather Guy and learn all about last year’s El Nino Modoki season and what that means for this upcoming winter. In the meantime, who’s ready to get stoked to ski?
Purgatory Ski Resort
Opening Day: November 27th
Purg is the word. Ready for laps of Blackburn’s Bash, Deadspike, Peace, and all your favorite runs? Same. With opening day scheduled for Wednesday, November 27th, the mountain is ready to host your whole family for a Thanksgiving week of early season shredding. On November 4th, the Purgatory team posted about the big efforts toward snow blowing in anticipation of opening weekend. Plus, the Legends lift (lift 8) received a spicy update: a brand-new high-speed detachable quad that’ll send you to the 10,822 ft summit of Purgatory faster than ever before.
Snowmaking photo from Purgatory Ski Resort.
Opening Day TBD:
Small but mighty. Hesperus Ski Area is the place for local laps on 60 acres of skiable terrain boasting 26 trails. Last season, the area spent time and effort on increasing their lighting to enhance the night skiing experience. If you’re ready to rip post office hours, go ahead and get your season pass to Hesperus and get stoked! Hesperus Ski Area offers a number of specials, including the Power Kids FREE Season Pass, students nights for discounted lift tickets, free skiing for Seniors, and more.
Photo from Hesperus Ski Area
Heli Ski Season Open Day: November 24th
Guided Season: Dec. 26th - March 15th, 2020
Steep and Deep. To be clear, that’s 1,819 acres of steep and deep, the most expert terrain than any other skia area in North America. And you can drop in from a helicopter starting November 24th, with either single drops or a 6 Run Heli Day - it all depends on how much adrenaline you’re seeking out. If helicopters are a little much, then head up during the guided season.
Photo from Silverton Mountain Ski Area
Opening Day: Already Shredding
First Chair of the season. Wolf Creek is already open on the weekends for those who are eager to get on some snow. YTD snowfall is already at 22 inches, and lift tickets cost $31 for anyone aged 6 or older and only $6 for 5 and younger. Currently, the Nova Lift will give access to 4 of 133 named runs. Visit their website for more updates on trail availability as we get closer to Thanksgiving weekend.
Photo from Wolf Creek Ski Area
Telluride Ski Resort
Opening Day: November 28th
Legendary. Telluride Ski Resort is back in business on November 28th, and you should consider a season pass or a lift ticket for a certain day. Last year, Telluride joined the Epic Pass, meaning all season pass holders will get 50% daily lift tickets at all Vail Resort owned mountains (think Breckendridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek, and more). Telluride is known for steep slopes up with up to 4,425 feet or vertical drops. Plus, it’s hard to beat those views.
Photo from Telluride Ski Resort