Hesperus Ski Area
Operation Dates: 1962-83; 1984-1985; 1987-2005, 2006 - present
Area Stats: (2003)
*Elevations: Summit 8,880 feet; Base 8,100 feet; Vertical Drop 700 feet
*Facilities: Night Skiing, Half-pipe; Lodge
*Runs: 13; beginner 30%; intermediate 20%; expert 50%
Lifts: 2; 1 tow, 1 double chair (Riblet)
History: Hesperus has been operating on and off due to lack of snow
and chairlift problems.  The area opened in the early 1960's with two
tows and later added a Riblet double from Mt. Bachelor, Oregon.  The
lift was shut down in 1986 because it needed metallurgical testes.  TCS
also reports that the Tramway Board found the lift unattended in the
mid-1990's, which meant the area was shut down for the remainder of
the season.  The place has since reopened and operates as conditions
Location: West of Durango on US 160 towards Cortez

Update:  Hesperus is operating this season.

Please note: this area is on private property!
Trail Map for 04-05:
Area Pictures:
Various ski runs at Hesperus Ski Area along with their center-pole double chair. $
The double chair's midway and top unload stations. $
Parts for Hesperus' new chair.  The lift came from
Aspen Highlands and was their old bunny lift. $
Looking down at the base area. #
The main chairlift - Riblet *
A for sale sign in 2004 at Hesperus.
Looking up the double chair line.
The Riblet double chair's drive terminal.
A Stadeli tow at Hesperus.
The run to the left of the lift.
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* Picture thanks to The Colorado Skier
# Picture thanks to Caroth
^ Picture thanks to Cameron H.
$ Picture thanks to Bryan Swain

The Colorado Skier
John M.
Above/below: A profile shot of the main chair. #
Above/Below: Looking up the mountain.
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or the "unofficial site"
Taken 2003:
Taken 2010:
The main lift and lodge.
Parts for a future double chair that came from Aspen Highlands.