Hesperus Ski Area is a popular hill for Durango locals to go after the work day. It’s always fun getting some turns in under the stars with Hesperus night skiing, which is the largest in the Southwest. It’s a small ski area located 11 miles west of Durango, on Highway 160 in Hesperus, CO.
There are twenty-six runs and a surprising amount of expert terrain (single black diamonds). The pitch at Hesperus is decent. There is one double chairlift, which is old, slow, and wooden. But that’s part of the charm.
The summit at Hesperus Ski Area is 8,880 feet above sea level. 80% of the skiable terrain is lighted for night skiing. It’s a great place to get some affordable turns in. The scenery around Durango is fantastic and can really be enjoyed from the mountain.
There is one main lodge offering food, beverages and ski rentals. Everything is reasonably priced at Ski Hesperus.
Nearby, Durango offers everything else. Shopping, restaurants, bars and lodging line the streets. Downtown is a historic town full of attractions to make your stay a memorable one.
Ski Hesperus also features a snow tubing hill. The ski area is located 11 miles west of Durango. Follow US Highway 160 out of town for 11 miles until you reach Ski Hesperus. If you keep heading west on Hwy 160, you’ll reach Purgatory Resort.
Lift Hours: May vary, call resort
Elevation: 8,100 ft – 8,880 ft
Vertical – 700 ft
Ski Area: 160 acres
Average Snowfall: 150 in (381 cm)
Trail Map: Ski Hesperus (png)