Group Lessons

Purgatory Ski & Snowboard School offers expert instruction at every level, on every terrain, while helping guests reach their ski and ride goals.

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Adult/Teen/Kid Group Lessons

Beginner and Intermediate skill levels (Levels 1-6) are welcome in our group lessons. Guests are matched with other guests of a similar ability level. We strive to keep class sizes to a maximum of 5. 

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2021/2022 Group Lesson Rates

Group lessons do not include lift tickets or rentals.


Lesson Length

Times Available


4-6 Full Day: 5.5 hours 9:30am – 3pm Lesson Only: $199
Lesson + Rentals: $229
*Lunch included in price
7-12 Half Day: 2.5 hours 9:30am – 12pm
1pm – 3:30pm
Half Day: $129
13+ Half Day: 2.5 hours 9:30am – 12pm
1pm – 3:30pm
Half Day: $129

*2.5 hours lesson includes 15 minutes of organization.


Reservations are required. Due to limited availability, we recommend reserving your lessons as far in advance as possible.

Advanced lessons (levels 7-9), those looking to focus on specific skills or looking for a private experience for their friends and family, please refer to our Private Lesson options and pricing.

Lesson Information

  • On snowy days, please allow adequate time to get to the resort ahead of your scheduled lesson. We recommend leaving Durango 1-1.5 hours ahead of lesson on days where road conditions are not clear. Check the Snow Report for updated road conditions before heading to the resort.
  • All group lesson participants must have a valid season pass or lift ticket. Lift tickets and equipment rentals are not included with Group Lesson purchase.
  • Availability is limited. Advanced reservations and payment required. Reservations can be made up until 2pm the day prior to your desired lesson time.
  • Adult/Teen Group Lessons are for guests ages 13 and up.
  • We strive to keep class sizes to a maximum of 5. 
  • Helmets are required for students ages 12 and under, and strongly recommended for everyone.
  • Gratuities for Instructors are not a requirement, but an appropriate and appreciated gesture.

Meeting Place

4-6 Year Old Group Lessons meet in the Bear’s Den, on the second floor of the Village Center. All Group Lessons for ages 7 and up meet at the Columbine Learning Area

A member of guest services will direct you toward the meetup location. Look for the Ski School signs.

What to Bring

  • Clothing and gear appropriate for conditions: neck gaiter, goggles, snow pants and non-fleece mittens or gloves.
  • Helmets are required for ages 12 and under, and are strongly recommended for everyone else.. 
  • Lip balm, sunblock, hand warmers for cold days.
  • Water and snacks.

Rescheduling Lessons

If you are unable to make your morning lesson and would like to move to the afternoon, please swing by the Ski & Snowboard School desk (located in the Village Center building) or forward email confirmation to [email protected] with a brief explanation of the reason for rescheduling.

Cancellation Policy

Within 48 hours of the lesson purchase, you are eligible for a 100% refund paid to the payment device used to purchase your lesson. Lessons are not refundable or transferable on the date valid. Cancellations and refunds must be made by emailing [email protected].


Learn More

Questions? Visit our FAQ page. For more information about Purgatory Ski & Snowboard School, email [email protected]