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Enjoying the Holidays at Purgatory

Here's your holiday experience gift guide

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for us. It’s also the most fun. We love seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus taking those last-minute wishes from eager little ones, and our New Year’s Eve firework display is truly a spectacular sight.

We’ve packed this page with everything you need to know to embrace the holiday spirit here in the mountains and make the most of your stay. With a little planning you can have a fun and memorable holiday vacation at Purgatory Resort. You can also check out the Holiday Experience Gift Guide, to give the gift of priceless memories this season.

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

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.

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.

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.


A snowboard instructor teaches a student 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 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.


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+ from Dec. 17 – Jan. 2. 

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.


Tubing & The Mountain Coaster opening December 24th! Operation is weather and conditions dependent.

Tubing will be offered 3pm – 7pm
Saturday 12/24 – Sunday 1/8

The Mountain Coaster will operate 11am – 4pm
Saturday 12/24 – Sunday 1/8
$25/ride or $69/5 rides

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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