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Celebrate 50 Years of Purgatory

Purgatory is back for its 50th anniversary season with new ownership and a name change back to Purgatory to acknowledge the resort’s history and unique character.  We’ve also replaced the Legends Lift 8 with a new high-speed detachable quad chairlift, added new terrain, additional snowmaking and more!  Join us this season to celebrate 50 years of those who have been drawn to the beautiful San Juan mountains and revel in the idea that this is only the beginning.

50th anniversary book coverClose to Heaven:  50 Years of Purgatory

Relive history and celebrate five decades of Purgatory with a commemorative coffee table book published exclusively for Purgatory Resort’s 50th Anniversary in collaboration with the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.

Close to Heaven: Fifty Years of Purgatory tells the story of the ski area’s beginnings, its growing pains and successes, and the people who made it happen, including stories of passion for the sport, unbridled enthusiasm for sharing it with others, and unflagging loyalty to the place they lovingly call “Purg.”

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Available now at Purgatory Sports in the Village Plaza or Maria’s Bookshop in downtown Durango.

Join us for Celebrations and Fun Activities all Season!

What’s your favorite memory at Purgatory Resort?

Make a contribution to Purgatory’s 50th anniversary time capsule, and be a part of history!  You’ll find “memory cards” on the counters at venues throughout the resort.  Grab a card, write down your favorite Purg memory, and drop it in the time capsule located inside of Purgatory Sports.  We’ll bury the time capsule on Sunday, February 7th during our Anniversary Weekend Celebration. And we’ll open it in 2065 at our 100th anniversary celebration!

Angels & Demons 50th Celebration on the Slopes
April 3, 2016

Party like an Angel or Demon!  Durangoans love to don a costume and this is your chance to get dressed up and hit the slopes!  As part of Purgatory’s 50th Celebration, enjoy a concert and carnival games on the ski beach, and be part of a world record attempt at “most angels and demons on a ski slope.”

Historical Photos Reenactment Contest

Over the years we have collected some fantastic photos here at Purgatory Resort.  Now is your chance to win prizes and be a part of Purgatory history by re-creating these timeless images.

Weekly winners will receive mountain gift cards, Purg merchandise, and other great prizes. One grand prize winner at the end of the season will receive a new pair of Line Sir Francis Bacon or Line Soulmate skis, courtesy of Pine Needle Mountaineering.

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Golden Pass Winnerssearch for the golden pass winners

As part of Purgatory’s 50th celebration, we hid a Golden Pass at a top-secret location somewhere in Durango. Congratulations to Caralise, Marie, Daniel and Brian for finding the Golden Pass! They each won a Purgatory Resort Season Pass.