In partnership with Trails 2000 and the U.S. Forest Service, Purgatory Resort constructed its new Divinity Downhill Flow Trail from the top of Lift 4 at Purgatory Resort this summer, which officially opened September 13 with a grand opening celebration and inaugural ride with mountain bike legends.
The new Divinity Flow Trail is Durangos only lift-served downhill flow trail. While its considered an intermediate mountain bike trail, it requires no special equipment and features table top jumps, berms, hits, flyovers, boardwalks and more. Most features are optional, making it a fun downhill trail for any skill level.
The new flow trail is the first of its kind at Purgatory, stated Mike McCormack, Sr. Vice President of Mountain Operations at Purgatory. The new Divinity Flow Trail provides mountain bike enthusiasts with a new technical ride in Durango with nice turns, cool features and multiple options allowing riders to keep their wheels on the ground or catch big air.
It is the longest lift-served flow trail in the Durango area at 1.5 miles long, and expands the limits of Purgatorys 12 other more traditional single track trails. Purgatory partnered with Trails 2000 on the design of the flow trail and worked closely with the US Forest Service during construction. Trails 2000 provided valuable resources throughout the process, including paid and volunteer workers to help build the new flow trail. Durango-based AJ Construction also partnered with Purgatory to provide equipment and manpower for trail construction.
Mountain biking is extremely important to the fabric of the Durango community, stated Purgatory Resort CEO Gary Derck. Purgatorys continued commitment to the mountain biking community is demonstrated with this first lift-served flow trail in the area and creates a great foundation for even more exciting mountain-bike trail improvements that we can do in the future.
As part of the activities associated with Todd and Ned's Durango Dirt Fondo and the 25th Anniversary of the 1990 World Championships (originally held at Purgatory), athletes and mountain bike legends took the official inaugural ride on the Divinity Flow Trail immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony, including Todd Wells (Olympian and national champion), Ned Overend (1990 World Mountain Bike Cross Country World Champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee), Travis Brown (MTB national champion & Olympian), and Greg Herbold (Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee and winner of the 1990 World Downhill Championship).
As part of the grand opening, Purgatory Resort offered free mountain bike uplifts to the public on Sunday, Sept. 13. Purgatorys mountain bike uplift operates daily throughout the summer in June, July and August, and on weekends until the end of September.