Durango Mountain Resort blew the horn last Friday, welcoming skiers and boarders on to the slopes for the earliest opening in five years. With round the clock snowmaking and a few fresh inches, enthusiasts were able to dust off their gear and make a few turns under bluebird skies.

A snowboarder carves a few turns near the base of DMR. Gavino Arellano, of Aztec, laces up up for his first run of the
season. Skiers and boarders sport the latest in ski-area fashion at the
base of DMR. Sloane Smith, of Monument, Colo., gets a hand stepping into her
bindingsfrom intructor Alix Rowland. Lift op Dave Dowrick helps a couple of youngsters safely load
Chair 4. Bill Clements demonstrates proper face protection while
consuming his breakfast at Purgys.


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