Make it your goal to explore one or all ten of the Power Pass resorts
The most powerful pass in the Southwest gives you unlimited access to ten Power Pass resorts. While we definitely love seeing you on the slopes of Purgatory, we’d also like to introduce you to the rest of the collective. Many of the Power Pass resorts are within a day’s drive of Purgatory, making it easy to plan your next ski trip. With seven other locations to choose from, the question is which one will you visit first?! Learn more about the Power Pass resorts and start planning your ski season now!
Brian Head Resort
With an annual average snowfall of nearly 360 inches, Brian Head offers The Greatest Snow on Earth®. It also boasts Utah’s highest base elevation. Covering over 650 acres, the resort has two connected mountains — Giant Steps and Navajo — that offers 71 runs, 8 chair lifts and 2 surface lifts.
Brian Head also offers mountain biking, hiking, scenic chairlift rides and more in the summer. The Brian Head Resort Mountain Bike Park is revered for its incredible gravity fed flow, technical single track and access to hundreds of miles of scenic backcountry trails.
Distance from Purgatory: 466 miles
Driving Time: 7hr 39min
Purgatory’s sister resort, Arizona Snowbowl is located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks at 9,500 ft. above sea level. Arizona Snowbowl sits only 14 miles outside of Flagstaff and 70 miles from the Grand Canyon. On a good day, you can even see the Grand Canyon from the slopes! For 80 years, Snowbowl has been the best destination in Arizona for skiing and snowboarding. Ski their amazing back bowls, and make sure to stick around for their breathtaking sunsets.
Distance from Purgatory: 350 miles
Driving Time: 5hr 57min
Hesperus Ski Area
Just minutes from downtown Durango, Hesperus Ski Area boasts the largest night skiing operation in the Four Corners Region, with more than 80% of Hesperus’ ski terrain lit up for night skiing. For those days when you’re still craving a few extra runs and the lifts have stopped turning at Purgatory, simply head down to Hesperus and ski under the stars and get two ski areas in one day!
Hesperus offers 26 trails on 60 skiable acres, with 150 inches of annual snowfall. Opened in 1962, Hesperus currently features a lodge, rental shop, ski & ride school and tubing hill. The popular tubing area — Marmot Hill — was expanded last year.
Distance from Purgatory: 39.2 miles
Driving Time: 46 minutes
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort is home to New Mexico’s longest ski season. Family-owned since its opening in 1952, Sipapu it is also northern New Mexico’s oldest ski resort. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Carson National Forest surround the ski area which offers over 40 trails, five lifts and three terrain parks. On-site amenities include slopeside lodging, a full-service ski shop, ski school and New Mexico’s best riverside dining experience at the Riverside Café and Paradise Riverside Bar and Grill.
Distance from Purgatory: 253 miles
Driving Time: 4hr 40min
Pajarito Mountain Ski Area
Located on the eastern edge of the Jemez Mountains in north central New Mexico, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is located 5 miles west of Los Alamos and was founded by a group of Los Alamos scientists and soldiers in 1943. Today, the Los Alamos Ski Club owns and maintains the 750 skiable acres of Pajarito.
Distance from Purgatory: 239 miles
Driving Time: 4hr 29min
Nordic Valley Ski Resort
Nordic Valley Ski Resort is nestled deep in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, and is just a few short miles from the restaurants, entertainment and comforts of the booming town of Ogden. The ski area offers 140 acres with 3 aerial lifts, 1 surface lift and 23 runs. And if you’re not ready to call it quits after a great day of skiing, stick around for the best night skiing in Utah!
Distance from Purgatory: 466 miles
Driving Time: 8hr 9min
Willamette Pass Resort
Willamette Pass Resort is located 66 miles southeast of Eugene, Oregon and operating on Willamette and Deschutes National Forests. WPR is known for steep terrain (including its marquee trail “RTS”, one of the steepest runs in Oregon); the resort’s high-speed, six passenger detachable chairlift, the biggest and fastest chairlift in the state; and its annual average of 430” of snow. Founded in 1941, the resort has been family owned and operated for generations, offering guests access to 29 trails and 5 lifts across 555 skiable acres, and an additional 20 kilometers of cross country skiing.
Distance from Purgatory: 1,135 miles
Driving Time: 18hr 6min
Spider Mountain is the only year-round, lift-served bike park in the United States. It is also home to Texas’ first and only lift-served mountain bike park. Spider Mountain is located on the banks of Lake Buchanan just 60 miles northwest of Austin, and offers riders 350 vertical feet and nine trails ranging from beginner to expert. Once you’ve had your fill of gravity-fueled thrills, explore Thunderbird Lodge at Spider Mountain for lodging, camping, stand-up paddleboarding and boat rentals at their private marina.
Distance from Purgatory: 899 miles
Driving Time: 14hr 34min
Lee Canyon, a year-round escape from the heat and glitz of Vegas. Located less than four hours from Brian Head Resort and just five hours from Arizona Snowbowl, Lee Canyon boasts 445 acres of lift-served and hiking terrain, 27 trails accessed via three chairlifts, 250 acres of hike-to terrain, access to summer hiking trails, and mountain biking trails.
Distance from Purgatory: 587 miles
Driving Time: 9hr 26min