The endless winter

No doubt the snow gods have smiled upon Southwest Colorado this winter. Some may even go so far as to say they are laughing somewhat maniacally at us.

But locals can have the last laugh – Purg has announced an extension to the ski seasons, both on the mountain and at Hesperus.

With Purg surpassing 300 inches – and counting – for the season, the resort has decided to keep the bullwheels turning on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) beyond the scheduled closing day of April 7. A firm closing date has not been set.

Down the road at Hesperus – which was scheduled to close this Sun., March 17 – operations will continue through March 31, Fridays – Sundays only. Hours will be Fridays from 4- 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hesperus has seen 188 inches this season and is sitting on a 36-inch base.

Chapman Hill has also announced an extension of its season through at least Sun., March 24, with amended times and prices. Hours of operation are 3 - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, and 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Lift ticket prices will be adjusted as well: $8 ages 6 and up; kids 5 and under ski free.