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Our Favorite Fall Color Photos

With peak fall colors showing up around the mountain, there’s no better time to look back on the stunning golden hues from the last couple years! Our guests love exploring the stunning mountainside among the changing aspens, on foot, on the scenic chairlift, and by ATV. And this year, we’ve added to the fun with […]

100 Days Until Ski Season!

Ski season begins in 100 days when Purgatory opens Saturday, November 17th! El Niño is in the forecast for the 2018/2019 season, which typically means more snow at Purgatory Resort. Released just this morning, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is currently predicting a 70% chance of El Nino conditions for this winter, which […]

Mountain Coaster Construction Update

Purgatory’s new mountain coaster is nearing completion! Construction crews are finishing track work, doing load tests and finalizing approvals ahead of the much-anticipated opening date, which is still unscheduled but slated for the summer operating season. Located near Eolus Condominiums and Lift 4, the 4,000-foot long coaster will zoom passengers through nine switchbacks, one 360-degree circle […]

Your Guide to Music in the Mountains!

The white festival tent is up and the wildflowers are blooming–that means it’s time for Music in the Mountains! Each year, Purgatory hosts several classical (and not so classical!) performances under the stunning peaks of the San Juan Mountains. We wanted to learn more about what makes this annual event so unique, so we asked […]

Everything You Need To Know About Carve Wars!

Carve Wars, the “high octane” chainsaw carving competition series, is taking over America! The action-filled two day event starts Friday at Purgatory, with a quick carve contest and time for the competitors to work on their overall masterpieces. We wanted to learn more about what makes Carve Wars so unique, so we interviewed Dave Hagan, […]

We’re Opening Monday! Here’s What to Expect

Summer is here and Purgatory Resort is reopening for daily operations on Monday, July 2nd! Come enjoy the cooler mountain temperatures, exciting summer activities (including the NEW kids off-road track), and fun for the whole family! Here’s what you can expect starting on Monday! Activities – open 9am to 5pm, daily starting July 2 Alpine […]

We’re Re-Opening! See the Details

On June 1st, a wildfire, called the “416 Fire,” was first reported in the Mitchell Lakes area of Hermosa, south of Purgatory Resort along the west side of Highway 550, and Purgatory was forced to temporarily suspend its operations. Firefighting efforts began as soon as it was reported and it continues to be an active […]

Mandatory Evacuations Lifted at Purgatory

La Plata County announced this morning that starting at noon today, 761 residences and 94 businesses that were previously under mandatory evacuation due to the 416 Fire could return to their homes and places of work. This includes Purgatory Resort; we’re encouraged and excited about this news! We are equally eager to welcome both our […]

How You Can Help the Durango Community

As the 416 Fire continues to burn in the San Juan National Forest outside of Durango, our guests–both local and from afar–have been asking us how they can pitch in. Our community has come together during this increasingly difficult time to not only support the firefighters, but those who have been evacuated from their homes […]

Our Favorite Kid-Approved Summer Activities

School’s out and summer has officially begun! With more free time and longer days to fill, we’ve got new additions to your summer itinerary. From our PACK summer camp to more than a dozen Total Adventure Ticket activities to plenty of kid-friendly events, turn this summer into one they’ll never forget! Learn more about PACK […]

Why We Love Our Mountain Moms

At Purgatory, we love finding ways to celebrate families. Families are the inspiration for everything we do on the mountain, from creating new summer activities (like the Inferno Mountain Coaster and new family-friendly mountain bike trails) to building new lifts and trails for the winter. Moms give and give and give–and we get to see […]

Find Your Adventure at Purgatory Resort

Located just 30 minutes from Durango and surrounded by hundreds of miles of pristine single track, Purgatory is the epicenter of Southwest Colorado adventure. From the Purgatory Bike Park to high alpine hiking trails to stand-up paddleboarding and yoga, your next adventure begins in the San Juan Mountains. To get a jumpstart on your summer […]

Our Favorite Photos From the 17/18 Season

That’s a wrap on the 2017-2018 ski season! From fireworks and night rail jams to pond skimming and powder days, we had a blast all winter long. All of us at Purgatory want to thank you for such a great season! To celebrate, we’re looking back at some of our favorite photos from the year. […]

Everyone Skis FREE for Closing Weekend!

This weekend, April 21-22, Purgatory Resort will offer FREE lift tickets to all resort guests for our mountain’s closing weekend! We’ve had a blast skiing and riding with you during the 17/18 season, and we can’t think of any better way to cap it off than by doing one more weekend for FREE.   Be […]

9 Reasons to Purchase by the 14th

With just a few days left before April 14th, this is the perfect time to take advantage of our no-interest payment plan. Purchase your Power Pass or Power Products by April 14th to receive 9 monthly payments. Your winter pass will be paid in full by November 30th–just in time for ski season! If you […]