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Youth Lessons

Young kids and mom follows ski instructors turns

Youth full-day Lesson Info

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 Rentals NOT 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.
Ages7-12
DatesClosed for the 2023/2024 season. See you next winter!
Times/DurationNEW! Full-Day Youth Lessons
9:30am – 3:00pm

5.5 hours
LunchLunch provided
We are a nut-free facility, and work to accommodate allergies noted reservations.
Skill LevelLevels 1-6 Beginner & Intermediate
Your youth will be matched with other skiers or riders of a similar ability level.  Click here to find out your youth’s level!
Where to MeetColumbine Learning Area (Base of lift 7)
When to MeetDrop-off starts at 9:15am & 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.
EquipmentRentals are not included in the lesson price.
Helmets are required for guests ages 12 & under.
  • Instructor helps young student bundle up before heading down the mountain
  • Purgatory ski school instructor helps student step into her ski bindings
  • Ski school instructor teaches how to switch edges on skis
  • Youth ski school lessons stops to pose for a photo with the Needles Mountain range in the background

What to Bring

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


Helmets
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

Winter 2023/2024 policies

Meeting/Arrival:

  • Meet in the Columbine Beginner’s Area – located at the bottom of chair 7, just off highway 550.
  • 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 www.purgatory.ski .
  • We reserve the right to charge a fee for excessively late pick-up for a participant in our programs.

Rescheduling/Cancellations:

  • Our Ski School team requires 48 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-before and day-of reschedules/cancellations unless Purgatory’s Transportation Department indicates adverse driving conditions due to unstable weather.
  • Please allow at least 72 hours for the cancellation request to be reviewed, and to determine resort credit/refund eligibility.

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 7 years old on the day of the lesson to participate.

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