I also found some time over the break to sit on my butt and ride a lift chair at Purg. I'll admit that I was pretty darn scared the first few times on the chair lift. Google "ski lift accidents" and you will find all kinds of stories over the years and being an engineer I do understand the concepts of failure, human error, etc. So I closed my eyes a few times and then fell into a state of ignorant bliss.
I took the race skis and race boots so I could get some practice on downhill skiing and it was a good choice. I noticed a quick progression and was actually surprised at how well these skis perform in the moguls. These race skis are 160s and I remember skiing deep moguls (symmetric style before snowboards were allowed and ruined the patterns) at Taos on straight board 210s. I got back into skiing last season after a 7 year lay off and as one might imagine the uphill skiing was easy to pick up but the practice on downhill is limited due to time spent climbing. Some days you get in only 1 or 2 downhills. A chair lift gets you several.
But this did not last long, only a few hours and then it got really boring to ride the lift. The on-off pattern just does not suit my tastes these days as I like to be on a continuous "go" pattern. Purgatory has not yet developed an uphill policy so someday perhaps they may see the light and designate a course. Durango is a very athletic town and with this segment of the ski market being the fastest growing, there is a lot of potential here.