Purgatory Says "Farewell" to Lift 8 with Announcement of New High-Speed Quad
DURANGO, Colo. – After 30 years of transporting guests to some of the best ski terrain in Colorado, Lift 8, otherwise known as the Legends Lift, will be retired. Purgatory officials announced the new chairlift will be a high-speed detachable quad chairlift and will begin carrying guests to the top of the mountain during the 2015-2016 winter.
“This lift replacement is one of the most ambitious and impactful changes undertaken at this resort in years, and I’m pleased to unveil it during Purgatory’s 50th anniversary celebration,” said managing partner, James Coleman. “The new lift, our new season pass products and the additional improvements planned underscore this mountain’s commitment to giving our guests what they’ve been asking for: a fantastic product and a great value – all under the name Purgatory.”
The new high-speed quad will be installed this summer and is almost a mile in length and will cover a vertical rise of nearly 1,500 feet. The Legends Lift will take skiers and riders to the summit of Purgatory in just 5 minutes, providing a much faster ride time, easier loading and unloading, and allowing for more skiing. The Legends Lift provides access to intermediate, advanced and expert terrain, including gladed tree skiing trails located on the backside of the mountain.
Purgatory Resort is part of the Southwest Collective, consisting of four resorts in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, that also includes Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Pajarito Ski Area. The Southwest Collective totals over 3000 skiable acres, more than 200 trails, 26 lifts, and 13 terrain parks, all within a convenient drive of each other.