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Purgatory Resort is Condé Nast’s #10 “Best Ski Resort in the U.S. and Canada”

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Imagine going on a ski trip where you spend less time traveling and more time skiing and riding unique terrain while surrounded by inspiring mountain views. Located in the heart of the stunning San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, Purgatory Resort features uncrowded slopes, family-friendly activities and an epic backcountry skiing operation. These are only […]

MLK Weekend Kicks Off with Powder Day

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Snowflakes lightly fell to the slopes as excited skiers and snowboarders waited to load Lift 1 at 9am on the morning of Friday, January 17. The snow report indicated that one inch of fresh snow had fallen overnight, with more expected to fall throughout the day. As the day went on, the snow began to […]

New Year’s Eve 2020

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Spirits were high for New Year’s Eve 2020 at the mountain as people gathered on The Beach for the final hours of 2019. The annual torchlight parade and fireworks show bedazzled spectators in what might be our best show yet. As we watched the red glow of torches weave their way down the slopes and […]

Purgatory Resort Hits Over 100″ of Total Snowfall for the Season!

The 2019/2020 season has been off to a great start at Purgatory Resort. First came the earliest backside opening in history, followed by the earliest full mountain opening. And now, we’ve hit over 100″ of total snowfall for the season! This most recent storm has gifted us with a total of 32″ in the past […]

Christmas Eve Photos

Christmas Eve morning started as a gorgeous, bluebird day. Throughout the day the clouds built as the storm moved in and by late afternoon it started dumping snow and will do so through the night (4-8″ is predicted tonight alone with more tomorrow)! Skiing around the mountain we found stockings hung by the snowboard with […]

3-Day Winter Itinerary at Purgatory Resort

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Purgatory Resort is located a short 30-minute drive from downtown Durango, Colorado, and is the perfect place to plan your Southwest ski vacation. With over 1,635 skiable acres, numerous activities and countless events, Purgatory is a go-to winter destination. Whether you’re bringing the whole family, organizing a friend trip or planning a romantic getaway, Purgatory […]

Purgatory Snowcat Adventures Now Open!

The powder was deep and the stoke was high on the first Purgatory Snowcat Adventures trip of the 2019/2020 season!  The group enjoyed face shots of light, untouched powder on numerous untracked runs throughout the day— check out photos below. Want first tracks all day? Come experience cat skiing for yourself! Our expert team will […]

We Opened the Entire Mountain! Photos from December 13 and 14

We opened the entire mountain on Friday, December 13, making for one of the earliest openings of Lift 8 in history! Check out the epic lines and awesome powder from the beginning of the weekend in the photos below.  Wondering how conditions will be the rest of the week? Check out the snow report for […]

Photos From December 5

It’s been an awesome early season and the snow keeps on falling! Check out photos snapped the morning of December 5 and don’t forget you’ll save when you purchase lift tickets online in advance. Buy here.    

This Year’s Gifts Won’t Fit Under the Tree… 

This holiday season, we thought we’d get a jump start on our gift-giving. GIFT 1: OPENING THE BACKSIDE SATURDAY! We’re kicking off December with one of the earliest openings of the backside accessed by Lift 3 ever! Fun fact: Hermosa Park lift was originally a double chairlift installed in the summer of 1972. We know […]

Opening Day Photos

Big snowflakes fell this morning and stoke was in the air. Skiers and snowboarders in line munched on delicious blue corn pancakes topped with POWDERed sugar and sausage, compliments of Chef Joe and his team. First chair was loaded up at 9am sharp and the season was underway! Check out photos taken today from Ryan […]

Opening Day Preview 2019/2020

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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 […]

Photos From November 21

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Resort officials announced today that Purgatory Resort will open on Wednesday, November 27 for the 2019/2020 season. The resort was originally scheduled to open this Saturday. Sam Williams, senior director of mountain operations, said they made the difficult decision to reschedule opening after nearly two weeks of above-average fall temperatures. While this week’s winter storm […]

Brian Head Resort Joins The Power Pass!

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Utah-based resort joins the largest ski and outdoor collective in the Southwest. Purchase your Power Pass by clicking here.   Durango, Colo. – James Coleman, managing partner of Mountain Capital Partners, today announced an acquisition agreement to manage and operate Brian Head Resort in Southern Utah. Mountain Capital Partners currently owns and operates seven ski […]

Prepping for the Season: Snowmaking

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Our snowmaking team has been hard at work. Check out some of their recent progress below.