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Hesperus Ski Area starts nighttime skiing Thursday

Uphill skiing and tubing started New Year’s Eve

Hesperus Ski Area announced Wednesday that it would kick off its ski season with night skiing beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday.

“A shoutout to the Hesperus team and to our Purg employees who helped out over there!” said a spokesperson in an email Wednesday night. “A lot of hard work (and much-needed snow) went into getting the mountain open.”

Hesperus Ski Area reported a 31-inch base, with 10 inches of snow in the past 24 hours and 15 inches in the past 48 hours. The ski area reported that it has received 52 inches so far in the 2022-2023 season.

Hesperus Ski Area announced New Year’s Eve that its tubing lanes were open on Marmot Hill from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Hesperus Ski Area offers day and nighttime skiing on 26 trails, with 700 feet of vertical descent and 150 inches of annual snowfall. The double-chair lift, named Big Horn, takes skiers and riders to the summit, at 8,888 feet.

Tubing rates are $15 for the first tubist and includes one tube. Each additional family member is then $10. Tickets are available for purchase outside the lodge.

Hesperus Ski Area is about 10 miles west of Durango and about 33 miles east of Cortez on U.S. Highway 160.

Lift-served skiing
  • Thursday and Friday: 4 p.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday through Wednesday: Closed.
  • Open holidays: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Scheduled close: Sunday, March 19.

Lift tickets range from $30 to $36 for night skiing, and from $40 to $48 for a full-day pass. Details are available at www.ski-hesperus.com/lift-tickets/.

This article was republished Jan. 5 to correct the tubing schedule that was provided by Hesperus Ski Area.