Eleven miles to the west of Durango on Highway 160 is the Hesperus Ski Resort. There are thirteen ski runs at the resort that are from beginning to expert difficulty levels. The elevation of the summit is 8,880 feet with the base elevation being 8,100 feet. The resort has a 700 foot vertical drop with one double chair lift and one rope tow.
The Hesperus Ski Resort was opened during 1962 and has been operational on and off during the following years. It was open from 1962 to 1983, 1984 and 85, 1987 to 2005 and from 2006 until today. There were a total of five seasons that the Hesperus Ski Resort did not open and there were a number of seasons that ended early because there was not enough snow on the slopes for skiing. The facilities have a lodge, night skiing and half pipe.
When the Hesperus Ski Resort opened a t-bar was put in and eventually replaced by a double chair in the beginning of the 1980's. Beginners had the option of using a surface lift. The Durango High School's race team and Nordic Ski Club were once head quartered at the Hesperus Ski Resort.
The Hesperus Ski Resort is open during the regular season from four in the evening until nine at night on the weeknights. On Saturday the resort opens at 9am and closes at 9pm, Sunday the facility opens at 9am and closes at 4pm. The Hesperus Ski Resort has group rates available in addition to passes, additional information can be obtained by contacting the resort directly.
Season passes to the Hesperus Ski Resort can be gotten at a rate of $300 for adults, $125 for juniors and seniors, $250 for students and $250 for night passes. The cost of day lift tickets is $32 for adults and $21 for those ages twelve and below. The costs of night tickets for the Hesperus Ski Resort are $25 for adults and $15 for juniors. There are also lessons available at a charge of $20 for adults and $15 for juniors.
The Hesperus Ski Resorts provides access to the tubing hill at a charge of $7 per hour with the tube provided. There are also ski, snow boot and board rentals available. There is a first time package available at a cost of $55 for adults and $48 for juniors. Rental equipment, lift ticket and group lesson is included in the cost of the first time package.
With all the options available to visitors at the Hesperus Ski Resort in Durango, Colorado it is somewhere that anyone with an interest in skiing should visit. Additional information about the operating hours and services available at the Hesperus Ski Resort can be obtained by contacting the facility directly. Those interested in taking groups to the resort should be sure to inquire about group rates and special packages offered at the resort. With the variety of slopes offered anyone can ski at the resort no matter what level of skiing they are at.