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Purgatory extends its ski season into April

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Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort will extend its season into April, and will be open April 4-6. But before that extra weekend, the ski resort will host its end-of-season celebration on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30 with lots of activities and live music.

On Saturday, March 29, Elder Grown will play live music from 1-4 p.m., and DJ Juicy Money will spin tunes 4-5:30 p.m. Playing live from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday is Durango’s own Ralph Dinosaur and the Fabulous Volcanoes.

Purgatory will also give some stuff away, including a snowboard and a bicycle, as well as prizes for the zaniest beach attire. Lifts are turning 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and all passes are valid on March 29 and 30, including weekday passes.

The outdoor grill and bar will be open at both the Powderhouse and Dante’s. Durango Mountain Resort’s other signature establishments will also be open, including Purgy’s, the Bear Bar, Paradise Pizzeria & Ice Creamery and Village Market & Deli. Retail shops in the Plaza are having special end-of-season sales and are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The DMR Skier Shuttle operates daily through March 30 and Friday through Sunday, April 4-6. The shuttle costs $10 roundtrip. For schedule information, go to www.skipurg.com/shuttle.

After Purgatory closes on Sunday, March 30, it will re-open Friday through Sunday, April 4-6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lifts 1, 3 and 8 will operate Friday through Sunday with Lift 7 turning on Saturday and Sunday mornings only. Reduced lift tickets are available at the Ticket Office, adults are $59, and all passes are valid, including weekday passes.

There’s also a fundraiser at Purgatory on Sunday, March 30 for one of Durango Mountain Resort’s own, who is battling an aggressive form of cancer. Zane Bilgrav was a realtor at Durango Mountain Resort for over a decade, in addition to being an incredible father, husband, friend and Durango community leader, including coaching lacrosse and starting a local dive company. On March 30, there will be a silent auction at the resort and other methods for raising funds to assist Zane with his medical expenses. For additional details, log on to www.skipurg.com/Zane.

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