James Coleman, a local Durango resident and avid skier, finalized his purchase of Durango Mountain Resort this week and promptly changed the name of the iconic Southwestern Colorado resort back to Purgatory.
“Like many of the locals and our long-time guests, I’ve always known this mountain as Purgatory, and with next winter being our 50th anniversary, we believe it’s appropriate to officially change the resort’s name back to Purgatory,” stated Coleman.
Coleman, who also owns Sipapu and Pajarito Mountain ski areas in New Mexico, announced his intent to purchase Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl last fall. The four areas now offer more than 3,000 acres of terrain, 200 trails and 26 lifts, all available to skiers on a combined Purgatory Power Pass, available for the 2015-16 season.
Purgatory’s 50th anniversary will be dedicated to honoring loyal passholders, longtime guests and both current and alumni employees with an entire season of reunion events and festivities celebrating the resort’s rich history and longtime impact on the community.
“One of my first memories of skiing is at Purgatory when I was a teenager,” stated Coleman. “I have dreamed of owning Purgatory someday, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share my passion of skiing and help take it to the next level while improving the mountain’s skiing and summer recreational experiences.”
The new ownership plans to add new terrain and make lift improvements, while maintaining a focus on value and the family-friendly nature of Purgatory.