Fresh off of a rebrand and sale to Durango businessman James Coleman, Purgatory officials just announced a new chairlift for the 2015-2016 winter. Coleman bought the Southwestern Colorado ski area for an unknown amount earlier this year, just days after he also agreed to purchase Flagstaff's Arizona Snowbowl. Mr. Coleman has created a mini-empire of family-oriented ski areas, as he also has ownership interests in in Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort south of Taos, New Mexico, and Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He promised on-mountain improvements and it looks like he's delivering, as Purgatory's Legends Lift will be replaced with a high-speed detachable quad. The new chairlift will be installed this summer, is almost a mile in length, and will cover a vertical rise of nearly 1,500 feet in about 5 minutes. Skiers will also be able to enjoy some new terrain, including three advanced trails to the west of the new chairlift.
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