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Opening Day Preview 2019/2020

Opening Day at Purgatory is Wednesday! 

And this week’s storm cycle couldn’t have come at a better time. According to Open Snow, Purgatory can expect to see 2-6 inches prior to our Opening Day, with Thursday and Friday’s storm expected to bring this week’s total snowfall to almost 30 inches!

If you needed a little more convincing as to why you should come hang out with us this week, here’s what’s in store for you this Opening Day and into the weekend.

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This past weekend provided optimal conditions to make snow. Photo courtesy of Sam Williams, senior director of Mountain Operations.

The Mountain

The Purgatory Village Express Lift 1, Lift 2 and Lift 7 will operate from 9 am to 4 pm. We will offer top-to-bottom skiing with West Fork, El Diablo, Middle Bank, Demon and more open for business. Terrain park features will also be set up.

Stay up-to-date with the snow report and keep an eye on the mountain with our webcams.

Opening Day Festivities and More

Come early to get the party started. The first 100 skiers and snowboarders in line for first chair will receive complimentary pancakes and sausage from 8am to 8:45am. Coors will also host an après-ski YETI cooler giveaway at the Bear Bar from 3pm to 4pm. 

Want to spend Thanksgiving with us? We are now accepting reservations for Thanksgiving dinner at Purgy’s, with seatings offered at 12pm, 2:30pm and 5pm. This buffet-style dinner will offer all the classic dishes — from turkey and ham to mashed potatoes and salad — while also providing a few creative options with a Southwest flair.

Businesses Open on Wednesday

Food & Beverage: Powderhouse, Bear Bear, Village Market & Deli, Purgy’s

Retail Shops: Branded, Alpine Chic, Purgatory Sports, The Board Room, and Expert Edge 

Rental Equipment: The resort rental shop will be open from 8:30am-4:30pm and Purgatory Sports in Durango (located at 2615c Main Ave.) will be open from 8:30am-6pm

Child care: Open 8:30am-4:30pm

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We’re so grateful to have such a hardworking Mountain Ops team. Photo by Eric Berry.

Thank You Mountain Ops!

We want to give one more shoutout to our Mountain Ops team. They have been working around the clock to ensure that conditions are prime for Opening Day. From making snow to grooming, this team is the foundation of our Opening Day operations. If you see them up on the mountain this week, be sure to thank them.