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Press Release: 2022 Capital Improvement Projects

Durango, CO — (May 9, 2022) — Purgatory announces capital improvement projects to enhance the year-round recreational experience and preserve the uniqueness of Purgatory. The overall plan’s primary goal is in line with the resort’s mission: skiing first.  “Despite setbacks and challenges over the past several years, we are committed to the long-term success of […]

Meet Ember the Avalanche Puppy

Ember
Purgatory Resort welcomes the newest member of its ski patrol team. Ember, an 8-week-old black Labrador retriever, will join Purgatory’s avalanche search and rescue team to help keep winter visitors to Purgatory and the surrounding San Juan mountains safe. Ember is owned by Bristlecone Avalanche Rescue K9’s (B.A.R.K.). A 501c3 nonprofit, the foundation was formed in […]

Buy Now Ski Now with next Season’s Passes

Buy now ski now this spring
  If you’re anything like us, spring skiing is downright celebratory. Sunscreen and costumes are encouraged, aprés at the Bear Bar lingers a little longer, and the warmer temperatures (sandwiched between the occasional surprise winter storm!) take late season laps to a whole new level of fun.   Springtime brings out the most colorful parts […]

Rise to the Mountains

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The San Juans beckon us. Whether on skis, boards, bikes or foot, when we traverse these mountains, they move us. Connecting, relaxing, learning, progressing, mastering, surrounded by these peaks – it’s all a high calling, indeed. The 2022/2023 Power Pass is our passage to Rise to the Mountains, and it’s on sale now. Here’s what’s […]

Are you ready to rise to the mountains?

Save the date: the 2022/2023 Power Pass goes on sale on March 22! This year’s season pass lineup will feature a couple of surprises and also the mountain access that makes the Power Pass the most powerful pass in the Southwest. Here’s just a small preview of what to expect starting March 22: Buy now, […]

Spring Break 2022 Tips

We can’t think of a better place to spend spring break than right here. Then again, we’re a little biased! Here are some tips and tricks to ensure you have the best trip possible: Pre-Purchase Ski Products Please, please, please reserve your lesson and/or equipment rental as soon as possible. We have a limited supply […]

2/23/22 Three Feet of Powder!

Mother Nature brought the goods! This storm has delivered around three feet of snow in the last 48 hours. Powder Days are back!

2/2 Nice Blanket of Snow

Last night we got three inches of snow and enjoyed some heavy flakes falling this morning. Conditions are very nice!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2022

Celebrate romance in the mountains, love mixes perfectly with crisp mountain air. Valentine’s Day is coming fast! We are here to make finding the perfect gift for your partner easier than ever before. Check out our picks for the best Valentine’s Day gifts right here at Purgatory.   Lift Tickets Burning thighs and cold noses […]

Holiday Events & Activities Guide

There’s nothing better than enjoying the holiday season in a winter wonderland. Make this holiday season one to remember! Enjoy awesome skiing, rides on the mountain coaster, tubing, a torchlight parade and fireworks! Purgatory has some of the best holiday traditions around that you’ll want to enjoy with your loved ones. Santaaaaa! Santa found some […]

The Experience Gift Guide

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This season, share the stoke with the gift of adventure. It’s no secret that we like to get out and have fun. From skiing all day to finding unique ways to enjoy the mountains in the winter, you’re bound to find the perfect experience for all of your loved ones. Slopeside Getaway Surprise your partner […]

Just Kidding: We’re Opening Saturday!

11/18/21: Snowmaking progress. Photo: Isaac Dean
Great news! We’ll be able to make our originally scheduled opening day of Saturday, November 20 after another successful night of snowmaking. For the first time this fall, overnight temperatures came in colder and drier than forecasted and the snowmaking crew was able to produce more than expected. The Purgatory Express will turn at 10 a.m. and tickets […]

Opening Day Is Saturday!

UPDATE: Thanks to the hard work of our snowmakers, we are now able to move our official opening day to Saturday, November 20th! Let’s make it official!  The 2021/2022 ski season will kick off at 9am this Sunday, November 21st, one day later than originally anticipated due to uncertainty with the weather. This week Mother Nature […]

Looking Ahead at the 2021/2022 Ski Season

To our valued employees, guests, homeowners, passholders, the North County community and friends:   We are at that time of year where winter happens whenever temperatures tumble into the 20s on the mountain for at least a few consecutive hours per night — and we’ve already made several rounds of snow on West Fork. We’ll […]

When Is The Best Time To Ski?

Who doesn’t love that sweet sweet feeling of carving down the mountain with no distractions? Or skiing right up to the lift like you own it?! For those of you who like your peace and quiet, we’ve got the ultimate guide for avoiding those pesky lift lines and finding the best time to ski. The […]