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Non-Skiers’ Guide to Purgatory

A family plays in the Purg Lodge swimming pool.

Maybe you’ve looked into it and decided skiing or snowboarding is just not for you. You can still enjoy Purgatory Resort and the surrounding areas with many great events and activities! Here’s your non-skiers guide to Purgatory!

Activities at Purgatory


A family races down the tubing hill at Purgatory Resort.

The tubing hill offers multiple designated tubing-only lanes! It’s conveniently located in the Columbine area right near the lower parking lots, for quick easy access. This activity is perfect for those at least 36″/3 years old. (Availability dependent upon conditions)

Scenic Snowcat Tours

A snowcat on the slopes at sunset

Soak up all the benefits of a day in the backcountry, from the comfort of one of our snow cats. These tours feature breathtaking views with an experienced guide, and a warming cup of hot cocoa at the Village Market & Deli at the end.

Snowshoe Tours

A snowshoe tour group walks towards the needles mountains

If something a little slower is more your speed, reserve your spot on a snowshoe tour. Ride the chairlifts up and follow your guide into the natural beauty of a winter wonderland. Be sure to check out the special alpenglow tours for something extra special. With rentals included, and friendly and knowledgeable guides, you’ll have everything you need. Reservations are required.

Nordic Skiing

Snow laced evergreens stand in the foreground with snowy peaks in the distance

Nestled at the base of Engineer Mountain and the Twilight Peaks, Durango Nordic Center offers some of the most stunning terrain in Colorado. Try out skate skiing, classic skiing, or snowshoeing as you explore the more than 20km of nordic skiing trails groomed daily plus 5 kilometers of snowshoe trails.


Snowmobiles ride across a snowy expanse in the sunset

Professional guides will show you how to operate snowmobiles and guide you through a variety of terrain options. This fun activity is suitable for drivers ages 16+ and passengers ages 4+.

Inferno Mountain Coaster

(Closed Winter 2022-2023 due to excessive snowfall)

A father and daughter enjoy the Inferno Mountain Coaster

This fun-lovers’ favorite leaves you in control as you take in mountain views and high-alpine thrills during 9 switchbacks and one 360-degree loop. Children 36″+ can ride with an adult. *Closed for the season as of 3/1 for too much snowfall.

Shopping and Dining

Enjoy a snack and a drink at Purgy's Slopeside Restaurant and watch the skiers coming down the mountain

The village plaza is a great place to shop ’til you drop. Offering everything from apparel and gear for the whole family to jewelry, toys, gifts, Purgatory souvenirs and more. Then once you’ve worked up an appetite there are a number of delicious dining options on the mountain as well. If you want to watch the skiers and boarders coming down the mountain, grab a bite or a beverage from Purgy’s Slopeside and The Bear Bar & Grille.

Activities in the Area

Historic Train

The Durango Silverton Train chugs through the snow

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been operating since 1882 and is known in the winter for its magical Polar Express rides. Although it doesn’t make the trip all the way to Silverton in the winter, the ride into the snowy mountains makes for a beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Downtown Durango

The Strater Hotel in the winter

Located 25 miles south of Purgatory Resort, Durango has a charming downtown with shopping, art galleries, restaurants, breweries, and year-round recreation opportunities. A walk through the charming streets on a snowy day are a must for any visitor.

Hot Springs

Two women soak in a warm pool as water cascades around them at Durango Hot Springs resort

Stay warm and relaxed on a chilly winter day at the Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa. Just 20 minutes south of Purgatory Resort, the hot springs resort offer a perfect opportunity to gaze at the lovely Animas Valley from the comfort of any number of soothing pools, tucked into the hillside.

National Parks & Monuments

Durango and Southwest Colorado are rich in cultural history. Take this opportunity, while you’re in the area, to visit and learn about Ancestral Puebolan ruins. Mesa Verde National Park is a favorite stop for visitors and locals alike and offers some of the largest and best-preserved sites in the United States.

Whether you love playing in the snow but just aren’t into skiing and snowboarding, or you prefer to stay warm and cozy, we hope this non-skiers guide to Purgatory has helped you find plenty of activities to keep you busy through your winter visit.

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