Season Opener

Durango Mountain Resort opened Saturday, 12 days earlier than anticipated, thanks to recent dumps that left the mountain with a midway snow depth of 36 inches. Resort officials estimate that about 2,000 skiers and snowboarders turned out to sample the goods on 50 percent of the mountain’s front side. Tickets will be $19 until Benefit Day, Wednesday, Nov. 27, when they will be $10, with proceeds going to the Durango Arts Center.

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Airing it out: A young skier tests his flight worthiness on Lower Catharsis.

A fully loaded six-pack whisks skiers to the top.

Justin Stem does a frontside boardslide in Pitchfork.

Adam Metters takes a ride on one of the funboxes in Pitchfork Terrain Park.

Beer-thirty: Tired skiers take advantage of Purgy’s sun deck for some apres ski refreshments.

The early birds get the first chair while members of the lift crew await the beginning of another season.

A group of skiers stop to take in the view from the top of the Demon headwall.





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