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Old 06-27-2007, 04:28 PM
 
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Depending on winter weather and traffic:

How long does it typically take to get to Purgatory (27 miles), Wolf Creek (80 miles), and Telluride (76 miles), respectively?
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Old 06-27-2007, 04:54 PM
 
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I drove a lot of that country for years--but before the traffic was as thick as it is now. Back when I was young and stupid, I made it from Montrose to Durango in 2 hours. Durango to Purgatory--I figured about 30 minutes. Durango to Wolf Creek--about an hour and 45 minutes. Durango to Telluride--1 1/2 to 2 hours. Those based on knowing the road, and having good road conditions. Throw in a bunch of slower traffic on the two-lane portions, and the drive times can really stretch out. The last time I drove from Durango to Pagosa (just about 2 years ago), the traffic was horrendous--it took me an nearly 2 hours to go the 60 miles. A couple of accidents mixed in just to heighten the fun--and that was in summer.

I'm sure some locals will chime in.

By the way, when I was first going to Durango and that area in the 1960's, some of the highway between Dolores and Telluride was still gravel.
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:52 PM
 
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I live in Pagosa and drive to Durango twice a week. From the west side of Pagosa, leaving around 7:30am, it usually takes me about 50 minutes to get into Durango. Winter conditions can make the drive a little longer, but the road is usually well maintained. The biggest hazard, other than the out-of-town tourists, are the deer along the sides of the road that seem to come down and graze towards evening or early morning.

We usually make it to Wolf Creek Ski Area in about 35 minutes from Pagosa. After a bad snow storm of course it takes longer, but CDOT seems to do a pretty good job with maintaining the road. The traffic returning back to Pagosa can be pretty bad if you leave at the end of the day so we usually try to leave before the lifts close.
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:27 PM
 
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Cool, thanks.

Trying to figure out where to ski this winter. Wolf creek seems like the best deal. Right now I'm driving two hours to ski at Sunday River, which averages about 70" of natural a season.
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:47 PM
 
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Cool, thanks.

Trying to figure out where to ski this winter. Wolf creek seems like the best deal. Right now I'm driving two hours to ski at Sunday River, which averages about 70" of natural a season.
I agree. Over the years I have skiied at almost all of the areas in the state and Wolf Creek is one of my favorites. It usually has around 400" of natural snow each year; the most of any area in the state. It is still family owned and reasonably price. Lines are never very long and a new quad lift was just put in this past winter. I think the area is one of those hidden little gems in the state although a lot of skiiers from TX, NM, and AZ have discovered it. The one thing that would change the ambiance of the area is the proposed Village at Wolf Creek development - supposed to be the largest ski resort in North America if it is built......


BTW, a couple of years ago or so Purgatory changed its name to Durango Mountain. A lot of Durangoans come over here (Wolf Creek) to ski as the snow at Durango Mt. is not always the best.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:35 AM
 
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That a development like the one proposed at Wolf Creek could ever even see the light of day is testament to the extent that the planning and permitting process in Colorado is owned by the development interests. The area lies near 10,000 elevation in some of the most delicate and relatively unspoiled ecosystems of the state. Colorado does not need any more developments-not one single one more--like that. I have no respect whatsoever for any individual associated with such destruction. The have no shame, no concern, no respect for anything natural or beautiful. They are people with a lot of money and no redeeming values.
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:31 PM
 
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That a development like the one proposed at Wolf Creek could ever even see the light of day is testament to the extent that the planning and permitting process in Colorado is owned by the development interests. The area lies near 10,000 elevation in some of the most delicate and relatively unspoiled ecosystems of the state. Colorado does not need any more developments-not one single one more--like that. I have no respect whatsoever for any individual associated with such destruction. The have no shame, no concern, no respect for anything natural or beautiful. They are people with a lot of money and no redeeming values.
The resistance to that development seems pretty strong. Hopefully they can keep it up. Makes no sense to have something like that there.
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Old 07-28-2007, 08:31 PM
 
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I am moving to Albuquerque from Boston, and would love to do a few long weekends in telluride. Can anyone tell me how long that takes to drive, or what kind of flights I could get out of Albuquerque?
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:44 PM
 
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Default Help with Durango Vacation

Hey everyone,

I am looking now at going to Durango/Purgatory to ski with my family in December of 2008. Does anyone know of any good places to stay on the mountain or within walking distance of the slopes. I went there about 15 years ago with some friends and don't remember much about it. Any help on condos, houses, etc would be appreciated. We would like to stay in a ski in/ski out place, but if we have to drive to the mountain each day we will if it saves a little money. Thanks so much for ya'lls help.

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Old 12-30-2007, 02:55 PM
 
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I'd say four three+ hours to Durango, and then whatever the weather is to Telluride. If you're driving Highway 550, you might never get there. Dunno about the Loop road, but it's all still fairly tough in the winter.
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