DURANGO, CO--(Marketwire - Dec 18, 2012) - Mother Nature dropped 20 inches of powder at Durango Mountain Resort over the weekend, the most snow at any southwestern U.S. ski resort. Heavy snowfall is again in the forecast for the resort starting today. Storm images may be downloaded at www.skipurg.com/media.

Durango Mountain Resort was recently recognized as the Top Value Ski Resort for the 2012/2013 season by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website. When comparing 25 popular ski destinations in the U.S. and Canada, TripAdvisor announced that Durango is the most affordable ski destination in North America at a cost index of $209.65, approximately half of the average of all destinations on the index.

TripAdvisor compared costs of hotel stays, lift tickets, basic ski rentals and restaurant meals to rank the resorts. According to TripAdvisor, Crested Butte, Telluride, and Vail are among the top 10 "Most Expensive North American Ski Destinations" in this year's index. With a total of $538 for Crested Butte, $567 for Telluride and $802 for Vail, Durango's index is less than half the cost of these destinations. 

"This is proof that you don't need to break the bank to have an incredible ski vacation in Durango," stated Sven Brunso, VP of Sales and Marketing for the resort. "Durango Mountain Resort offers an incredible value and experience for all types of skiers."

Amenities at the resort include a variety of restaurants and activities that cater to families, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a tubing hill, snowshoeing, snowcat skiing, ice climbing and more. Durango Mountain Resort's holiday slopeside lodging and lift ticket deals start at only $139 pp/pn for two, Dec. 21 - Jan. 4. To book, call 800-525-0892.

Durango Mountain Resort is recognized as a top family-friendly ski resort for its short lift lines, ski school offerings and family-friendly terrain. Powder Magazine recently named Durango in its top 10 Best Places to Ski in North America.

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For information, www.durangomountainresort.com or http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.2012TripIndexSkiUS

Purgatory provides snow enthusiasts many ways to enjoy the winter wonderland with 88 trails, five terrain parks and 1,360 skiable acres. With 10 chairlifts and rarely any lines, it's simple to zip around the mountain and enjoy the spectacular scenery amidst the rugged San Juan Mountains. Other winter fun activities include snow tubing, ice climbing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowbiking, snowcat skiing, snowmobiling and more! For more information or to book a vacation, call 800-525-0892, visit www.durangomountainresort.com, or follow us on www.facebook.com/skipurg and www.twitter.com/skipurg. 

Contact Information:

Kim Oyler
Director of Communications
Durango Mountain Resort
Phone: (970) 385-2131
E-Mail: koyler@durangomountain.com