Colorado ski resort sees first dusting of snow

Snow on peaks at Purgatory Resort
Snow on peaks at Purgatory Resort(Isaac Dean)
Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 4:18 PM MDT
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DURANGO, Colo. (KJCT) - Purgatory received its first dusting of snow this weekend, creating a gorgeous view and exciting leaf peepers and skiers.

After a year as rainy and wet as 2022, dry fall conditions and cool nights have created a great season of leaf peeping. According to the 2022 San Juan National Forest fall color report, the golden-yellow aspen trees near Purgatory on the San Juan Skyway will peak early to mid-October.

Its only a matter of time before leaves fall to the ground and heavier snowfalls cover the slopes. Purgatory’s 2022/23 ski season is supposed to begin Nov. 19, with snowmaking operations scheduled for mid-October. Purgatory has invested over $1 million in snowmaking upgrades for better early-season snow conditions and a more consistent base throughout the year.