New Year’s Eve Celebration Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Display
Join us for festive music, seasonal drinks, and other fun holiday activities as you watch the annual torchlight parade and fireworks display. Ski instructors and mountain patrollers put on a light show as they ski down the slopes to the base area with bright torches. Then, an impressive fireworks display lights up the night sky over a snow-covered mountain.
Uncle Clyde’s Run & Slide
Uncle Clyde’s Run & Slide is a tag-team relay race consisting of two-person teams that run up the tubing hill and then slide back down. It’s really that simple. In the adult competition, teams compete in male, female, and co-ed divisions. There are also categories for parent-and-child teams and children’s competitions.
Pond Skim Competition
With live music, beer, costumes, and outrageous competition, the annual Pond Skim is the ultimate end-of-season celebration for both competitors and spectators. While the origins of pond skimming are unknown, it is one of the great traditions of skiing and snowboarding, and it has been a spring ritual at Purgatory since 2001.
Mushroom & Wine Festival
Each summer, Purgatory hosts the Mushroom & Wine Dinner, followed by the Wild Mushroom Hunt. The San Juan National Forest above Purgatory offers a great place to look for porcinis, chanterelles, hawks wings, and other edible wild mushrooms. Spend the weekend eating gourmet food and going mushroom hunting to celebrate these fascinating organisms.
The Mountain Marmot Trail Run
Trail running in the San Juan Mountains is at its finest when the temperatures drop and the leaves begin to change colors in the fall. The Mountain Marmot high-altitude trail race starts at Purgatory’s base area and follows singletrack trails to the top of the mountain for an elevation gain of 1,800 feet. The run is followed by a post-race celebration with food, beer, live music, and festivities with stunning views of Engineer Mountain, Twilight Peaks and the West Needles Mountain range.