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Enjoying Spring at Purgatory

bluebird ski day

Updated February 2024

Spring Break is just around the corner, where sunshine and beautiful bluebird conditions await. While this is by far one of the most lovely and fun times to visit, it can also be one of our busiest times. Let us help you make the most of your memorable spring break at Purgatory Resort! With a little planning, there is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Start getting excited for your visit by checking out our event calendar and seeing what’s happening during your stay!

Get Lift Tickets Online in Advance

We do lift tickets a little differently around here. We want to give everyone the freedom to ski. That means we offer wildly variable pricing options. The further out the date, the lower the rates. If you can plan ahead a little, you can save a lot. We also want to make sure the slopes don’t get so crowded that no one can have fun. As the day grows nearer and more tickets are sold, prices go up. They are at their highest day-of at the ticket window, so we’d highly recommend you start planning now and lock in the lowest rates ahead of time.

The Purgatory Card

Lift tickets live on a Purgatory Card. If you got one last year, you can use it again! Or, you can pick up your new Purgatory Card at one of the following locations and activate it on the first day of your visit, skipping the ticket line altogether.

Purg Sports Downtown
The Skier Services Desk
The Columbine Ticket Office
The Guest Services Office

Please note, a Purgatory Card is not a Season Pass. If you purchase discounted lift tickets with your passholder perks, you will still need to pick up a Purgatory Card.

Activating/Changing your Tickets

You can activate your tickets via the confirmation email you receive after making your purchase.

Need to change your tickets? You can update your reservations in your guest portal any time prior to midnight the night before your visit by clicking your name (underlined in blue) in your confirmation email.

The Fun Fund

Earn FREE Resort Credit! Through our Fun Fund promotion, earn $20 per person per day in resort credit for each lift purchased at least 24 hours in advance for eligible dates (indicated in green on our ticket calendar).

Kids Ski Free

Kids 12 and under always ski for free! The power kids pass is one way to get your kid on the mountain. During our busiest times though, just stop by the outside ticket window in the main village plaza at the resort, and we’ll print you up a free day ticket to get you out of line and out on the slopes.


While it’s not required, we highly recommend reserving lessons at least 72 hours in advance during this busy time of year.

Be sure to arrive 45 minutes to an hour early for lessons, especially if you have reserved rentals, or have a young child (4-6) taking a lesson. This will allow plenty of time to get your gear, drop off little ones at the Bears Den, take a quick bathroom break, and catch the shuttle down to the Columbine Beginner area.

Lesson map


Rentals do sell out during our busiest times. Be sure to reserve yours in advance to ensure you get the gear you need in order to make the most of your time out on the slopes.


Cars park in the main village lot at purgatory

Carpool with friends and family, and help everyone enjoy the mountain! The Main Village Lot will be reserved for HOV of 4+. 

Also, a quick note to make sure you drive an appropriate vehicle for the conditions. Drive a 4WD/AWD car or put chains on your tires. Getting stuck is easier than you think and it makes parking difficult for other patrons.

No matter what parking lot you end up in, our convenient mountain shuttles will get you to the arrival court and on the slopes in no time. At the end of the day, just grab one right back down to where you parked.


Mother and daughter on a tubing ride

Tubing is offered 4pm – 8pm
Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season and daily March 8-16
*Operation is weather and conditions dependent

Skier Responsibility Code

Know The Code

The National Ski Areas Association established “Your Responsibility Code” in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. The code reflects not only skier safety, but snowboarder and lift safety as well. Ultimately, safe skiing and snowboarding is each guest’s responsibility.

  1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way.  It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. Do not stop where you obstruct the trail or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, yield to others.
  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must know how to load, ride, and unload safely.
  8. Stay outside a 10-foot radius of any and all other skiers/riders while in their path of decent

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