We are an Australian family of 4 doing a hire-car road trip mid Dec. in SW USA for a month and I can't seem to get us to Durango for skiing any earlier than about Dec 22 or 23. We would have liked to have done about 4 days skiing at Durango Mountain. Is there somewhere affordable to stay nearby, eg along the highway, to avoid the long daily trip from Durango? How much are accommodation and skiing prices likely to escalate over the Christmas period? Is hire of skis etc available and affordable on the mountain, or if only from Durango, how do we get to and from the mountain with skis (won't fit in our family hire car)? Will the mountain even be open for skiing on Christmas Day etc?
Many thanks for any advice,