I've lived in Durango for 34 years and have hiked, skied ridden and climbed many of the great spots. For instance, we did a snowshoe hike just before Thanksgiving and had a real treat. The trees were like they had been commercially flocked. Last weekend we skied at Purgatory and it was terrific snow. There is a fee for skiing. Back in late September the colors were just starting and the waterfalls were great.