Hesperus Ski Area opens Saturday

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 6:21 PM
The Hesperus Ski Area, newly acquired by James Coleman, opened last week in conjunction with a snowstorm.

Snow fell just in time for the Hesperus Ski Area's Saturday opening.

The hill, on U.S. Highway 160 11 miles west of Durango, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with night skiing starting in January.

All-day lift tickets for adults are $39. Adult tickets for night skiing from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. are $29.

Special deals are available to children, seniors and students, and lessons are offered throughout the season to first-time skiers and snowboarders who purchase a one-day pass at full price.

Newly hired manager Benjamin Beresford will oversee lift operations, trails, maintenance, ticket sales, rentals, retail and all other operations at the hill.

"We're excited to have Ben join our team and kick off a great season at Hesperus," owner James Coleman said in a news release.

After purchasing Purgatory Resort in 2015, Coleman bought the 26-trail, 160-acre ski area in Hesperus in September.

Coleman is managing partner of the Southwest's largest ski area collective, which includes Purgatory Resort, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures, Arizona Snowbowl, and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort and Pajarito Mountain, both in New Mexico.

Lift hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan 1.

After that, Hesperus will be open to night skiing. It's the largest night skiing operation in the region.

The ski area will be open through March, weather permitting.

Visit the website at for more information about hours, ticket prices and deals.