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Review of Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Resort
Ranked #5 of 67 things to do in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Purgatory Resort is a family-friendly, four-season resort offering a variety of activities for all ages. In the winter, enjoy alpine skiing and snowboarding, snow shoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling and more. Summer and fall offers hiking, mountain biking, Alpine Slide rides, zipline, scenic chairlift, disc golf, bungee trampolines, climbing walls, miniature golf and more.
Taylor, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2014

We only rode the chairlift before the rain came, closing all the rides. We are able to go back another day but that's not always possible for every traveler. Long line for the Alpine Slide. Food choices are limited as well. Wouldn't have the spent the money if I had known how limited our options were.

Visited July 2014
Thank karouselkid
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Tiny, useless room”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

We traded a timeshare week in Arizona for a summer week here. Got a "studio" apartment that was terrible: tiny, the TV didn't work, there was an open, unprotected electrical outlet (dangerous for kids), and the sleeping accommodation was a Murphy bed which, in order to be used, required that you fold up the only table in the room. There was also a hide-a-bed; uncomfortable though it was, we slept there because the room was so small, we had to use the table for our belongings. The restaurant was crowded and the service was glacial; they'd just opened for the season. We had 7 nights to use here; left after two.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank GLE7841
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DurangoMtnResort, Manager at Purgatory Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2014
Thank you for your comments. The team at Durango Mountain Resort is disappointed to hear that you had a poor experience at the resort. We pride ourselves on customer service and want every guest to have a very positive experience while staying with us. Durango Mountain Resort acts as the rental management agent for many condominium units in and around Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. Each owner chooses whether or not to place their unit in our rental program. The unit you exchanged for is NOT included in our management pool – it is privately owned and managed through a third party timeshare company. The units that are part of Durango Mountain Resort management program partake in a quality program where the resort works directly with owners who place their units in our management program. Our managers make regular inspections of rooms in our management program, rating them, fixing things that are broken and making sure the room is up to code. Again, this unit you stayed in is not part of Durango Mountain Resort’s management program, so unfortunately, we do not have control over the condition of that room. We encourage you to contact your timeshare company and voice your concerns about the unit. We’re also disappointed to hear that you did not have a good experience at a restaurant. Durango Mountain Resort takes pride in our customer service and strives to provide consistent service that is warm and friendly. We have shared your comments with the team so we can improve and meet expectations. We encourage you to give us a second try and visit us again.
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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fun with options”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

Took a group of 25+ to the Resort. It offered options for all ages but didn't keep most of them entertained more than a couple of hours. EXCEPT for those who chose to rent mountain bikes & go up the mountain....those were kept busy for HOURS trying to make their way down on the VERY difficult trails. The bike shop did NOT do a good job of preparing riders for the trails available. The ride was beautiful but dangerous! Everyone that participated agrees that they'd do it again...but that it would've been much more enjoyable if they'd been prepared better for what to expect. (& we would've been able to do it more than just one time since it took 4 hours to get down the mountain!) Trails weren't marked very well & got confusing with all the ski runs that are marked in a different area....

Visited June 2014
1 Thank OHMinLH
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Glendale, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed June 20, 2014

Bought the Total Adventure Package. Enjoyed the zipline, ropes course and the Alpine slide was the BEST! Spent about 5 hours there...beautiful!

Visited June 2014
1 Thank LindaLoweinAZ
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Edgewood, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
225 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2014

Have been going to Purgatory (I can't call it by its new name) since 1973 and have many, many fond memories of the mountain and the snow. They have expanded over the years and made this a wonderful family ski mountain with two different places to eat on the mountain so that you don't have to come down to the base and lots of trails for both the beginner and the more advanced skier. Sometimes the snow can be a bit scarce, so make sure to check the reports, but when a storm comes in and it snows during the night, the powder in the mornings is exceptional and the trails on the back-side of the mountain are all yours to enjoy alone.... Make a several day trip out of it if you aren't local to get your money's worth and look to their website for deals.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank sandiablonde
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