What’s not to like about being in Purgatory?

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Blue skies. Fresh snow. No crowds. It was the kind of day that locals take for granted but visitors dream of.

It doesn’t get any better than this at Purgatory, where we’re on assignment for SkiSnowboard.com this weekend. Not if you consider this is the start of spring break — one of the busiest times of the year.

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No one believes Kari can ski, but a picture doesn’t lie. She’s spent the last two days checking out the intermediate slopes, with a few black diamond runs thrown in for good luck.

And you know what they say? Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

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Me? I learned a new trick. I can ski and take pictures. At the same time.

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We couldn’t decide which one of these slopes to ski. So we took them both. We’re hedging our bets.

We’re hopping on the train to Silverton tomorrow and then swinging back down through Albuquerque on our way to Orlando.