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Kids walk across the base area with skis in front of Purgatory Lodge

The Den

The Den is is a safe, interactive and engaging environment for your children to stay while you enjoy some you-time on the mountain.

We provide a range of daily activities such as exploring creative indoor projects or playing outside in the snow (weather permitting). This program is designed to introduce participants to winter environments, readiness and activities. Snow toys are provided by our facility.

Our dedicated staff have the knowledge, background checks and training to ensure the children in our care will have a safe and fun experience. We are happy to answer your questions and hear your concerns. Call us at (970) 385-2144 or chat with us on-site.

Please feel free to ask questions to ensure the services offered in The Den will meet your child’s needs. 

Our Purpose

To provide childcare for guests visiting our mountain resort during the winter season.

Our Philosophy

Our goal is to instill trust and confidence towards parents and children by creating a safe and fun environment.

Hours9:00am – 4:00pm daily
Office hours and drop-off/pick-up times. Subject to staff availability
DatesNovember 19, 2022 – April 9, 2023
The Den dates of operation are subject to Snow conditions where Purgatory Resort may not be open or open later than the published dates.
Location2nd floor of the Village Center Building
Price$130 per child/per day
Contact(970) 385-2144
[email protected]

Helpful Hints for your Child’s Stay

  • Label all belongings prior to arrival.
  • Supply enough disposable diapers/pull-ups & wipes for all children not toilet trained. Label containers of wipes.
  • Bring a change of clothes (accidents do happen!) and appropriate outerwear.
  • Inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions upon check-in.
  • Have proper ID to access The Den

The fine print

No Refunds will be given for cancellations within a 48 hour period of arrival to the childcare center.

Upon arrival, please check in at The Den Podium and sign in on the appropriate age sign in sheet.

A Care form will be provided upon arrival so that you may let the staff know the details of feeding schedules and dietary restrictions.

Children who arrive ill to the center will not be admitted. Children who show signs of illness while at The Den shall be monitored and parents will be notified immediately to take the child back to parent’s care for the day.

Children will only be released to persons for whom the center has written authorization.  Written authorization will take place before the child is placed in the center on The Den enrollment form.  Inform a supervisor immediately if an unauthorized person attempts to pick up a child.

Children who are not picked up after the center is closed will remain under the supervision of a childcare employee until the parent/guardian returns or social services picks up the child. Upon closing, Guest services will be contacted to help contact the parent/guardian, the names of the children in the center and the names of the authorized persons to pick the child up.

Children with disabilities: We accept children with disabilities whenever it is possible.  Please allow time to make sure we can offer adequate care for your child.

Parent and staff conferences: Before the parents pick up their children a childcare attendant will discuss the child’s progress, behavior and social and physical needs.

Procedures for notifying parents or guardians, for handling children’s illnesses, accidents and injuries: Parents will be notified of illness accidents and injuries in the following ways:

  • A phone call to the parents 
  • A Text message to the parents on the resort system

Discipline: Negative behavior will be dealt with in 3 ways:

  • The childcare worker will tell the child to stop the behavior, and will explain why.
  • If the behavior persists, the child will be sent to time out, and given an explanation as to why he/she is in time out. Time out will be brief and the child will not be isolated in a room away from the other children.  Children sitting in time out will be under constant supervision. 
  • If the behavior threatens the safety of other children, the parent/guardian will be notified to pick the child up immediately

Inclement weather: Children will be dressed appropriately for cold weather.  However, on unusually cold, windy days, children will be kept inside.

Video viewing: Children may watch videos during the day, especially at rest time; all videos will have a “G” rating.  Childcare attendants will supervise children during video viewing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

Registration is open! Click HERE to get started. You will only be able to register one day at a time. Walk-ins are not accepted at this time.

In order to secure a booking with Childcare at Purgatory resort, 48 hour notice is required in order to best serve our guests.

Will my child go outside?

We do our best to get outside to experience the snow and winter activities. Depending on conditions and safety concerns, we may choose to stay inside and engage in fun games and activities. 

What activities are offered?

Our activities include indoor and outdoor games, play with toys and arts & crafts

Is staff background checked?

Yes, background checks are required per our guest-care facility sanction.

Is lunch included?


Will my Child Take a Nap?

We will do our best to accommodate your child’s rest and nap needs. We provide rest mats and toddler cribs. We follow Colorado safe sleep guidelines.

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