Group Lessons

Please note: All group lessons must be purchased online and in advance.

 If lesson options or time options are not available for selection, lessons are sold out. Visit the Ski School Desk upon your arrival at the resort to get on a waitlist for potential openings.

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

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. 

Not sure what your ability level is? Click here to find out!

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: AM: $129

PM: $99

13+ Half Day: 2.5 hours 9:30am – 12pm
1pm – 3:30pm
Half Day: AM: $129

PM: $99

*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]