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Child Lessons

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Child’s full-Day Lesson Info

Purgatory Ski & Snowboard School offers expert instruction at every level, on every terrain, while helping your kids reach their ski and ride goals. Availability is limited. Advanced reservations and payment are required. These lesson options fill up quickly, therefore, we highly recommend booking your lesson at least 72 hours in advance

Cost $239 – $279
$269 – $309 with rentals included
Lunch is included in lesson pricing. Cost range reflects higher pricing during peak times and for lessons booked within 24 hours of lessons start time.
Ages 4-6
DatesDaily December 8th through April 7th
Time/Duration9:30am – 3:00pm
5.5 hours
Skill Level1-6: Beginner & Intermediate
Your child will be matched with other skiers or riders of a similar ability level.
Where to MeetThe Bear’s Den
Located on the 2nd floor in the Village Center
When to MeetDrop-off starts at 9:00am & Pick-up is at 3:00pm
If renting equipment, please allow an extra 30 minutes to 1 hour to get fitted and arrive at your lesson on time.
Tickets & PassesValid lift access is required during the lesson. 
Kids 12 and under ski free with a Power Kids Pass or allow time to pick up a free kids day pass at the ticket window before the lesson.

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  • Groups of kids follow instructors turns
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  • Kids group lessons follow instructor down the mountain in a single file line

What to Bring

Skis or Snowboard
Fully Functional & properly fitting gear is necessary. Reserve rental equipment here.

Required for ages 12 & under, and highly recommended for all.

Appropriate Clothing/Gear
May include- warm layers, snow jacket, snow pants, neck gaiter, non-fleece mittens/gloves, goggles, and hand warmers. Applying sunscreen and lip balm is highly recommended.

Sunblock & Lip Balm
It helps to apply these on kids prior to drop-off.

The fine print


  • Drop-off and pickup for child’s lessons occur at The Bear’s Den on the second floor of the Village Center. Drop-off starts at 9:00am and pick up is at 3:00pm.
  • We reserve the right to charge a fee for excessively late pick-up for a participant in our programs.
  • Allow adequate time to get to the resort ahead of your scheduled lesson time, especially on snowy days. 
  • Please prepare to arrive at your lesson 15 minutes ahead of schedule time for all lesson options. 
  • We recommend leaving Durango 1-1.5 hours ahead of the lesson time on days where road conditions are not clear. 
  • Check the Snow Report for updated road conditions before heading to the resort to plan accordingly by visiting .


  • Our Ski School team requires 24 hours notice (from the start time of lesson) for a request for rescheduling and/or cancellations for Group Lessons. 
  • A $20 charge will be implemented for day-of reschedules/cancellations unless Purgatory’s Transportation Department indicates adverse driving conditions due to unstable weather.
  • Eligible refunds will be paid to the original payment option used to create the original lesson reservation. Please allow 48-72 hours for the cancellation request to be fulfilled on our end, then an additional 3-7 business days for the refund to process with the bank. 

If you are unable to make your lesson, please email [email protected] with the following information (and/or forward your confirmation email):

  1. Name(s) of Participant(s)
  2. Birthdate(s) of Participant(s) 
  3. Phone Number 
  4. Date(s) of Lesson(s)
  5. Lesson Type Purchased (such as; AM or PM session, Ski or Snowboard, Adult, Youth, or Child lesson)
  6. Request of Cancellation or Reschedule (please make note of the desired reschedule time/date)
  7. Reason for Cancellation or Reschedule

We cannot guarantee our Ski School Team will have the availability to reschedule your lesson.

Gratuities for instructors are not required, but are an appropriate and appreciated gesture.

Your child must be at least 4 years old on the day of the lesson to participate.

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