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Families Love Spring Break at Purgatory!

Clear blue skies, smooth groomers, and long, sunny days that feel like they never end–welcome to spring skiing at Purgatory! With excellent beginner terrain, lessons for the whole family, plus plenty of thrills for intermediate and advanced skiers, Purgatory is your #1 destination for spring break! Here’s your guide to creating the perfect spring break […]

Valentine’s Day at Purgatory

With only a few days before the 14th, perhaps you’re realizing it’s time to make some plans with that special guy or gal in your life. Strapped for ideas? Purgatory’s got you covered. Dinner at Purgy’s You can enjoy dinner in town any old night, but why not kick things up a notch and head […]

Introducing Community Benefit Days

This Sunday, Purgatory will host our first Community Benefit Day, previously known as Locals Benefit Days. The name and program have changed a bit, although the heartbeat of this initiative–to positively impact local non-profits–remains the same. A New Name Purgatory decided to change Locals Benefit Days to Community Benefit Days to better reflect the program […]

New Year’s Day Powder! See the Photos

Mother Nature kicked off the New Year with 22 inches of snow! It was an epic powder day at Purgatory Resort, with face shots and fluffy turns galore. Here are a few of our favorite pictures from the day! Check the snow report for the latest trail openings and mountain updates! Plan your next day […]

Purgatory Snowcat Adventures Start Mid-Jan!

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Backcountry skiing and snowboarding has been gaining in popularity and with good cause. Providing access to untouched powder, amazing lines, incredible scenery, and no crowds, backcountry skiing is truly a special experience. Don’t have the gear? Don’t know where to safely go? Don’t want to slog uphill? Let Purgatory Snowcat Adventures take care of that […]

Holiday Event Guide 2018

The holidays have arrived and Purgatory Resort is celebrating with plenty of festive events, activities, and experiences for all ages! Here’s a roundup of our favorites from Christmas through New Years Eve. You don’t want to miss these memory-making activities at the resort. Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit Purgatory 12/22/18 Santa and Mrs. Clause are […]

DC Terrain Park is Open! Get Our Park Feature Rundown

With cool temperatures over the last week and hard work from snowmakers and the park crew, DC Terrain Park is open for the season! Plus, we’re making snow in Pitchfork and we’ll be working on Paradise once snowmaking is complete at Lift 8.   Here’s what you can expect at DC Terrain Park, from top […]

Columbine Area Opens Tomorrow!

The snowmaking temperatures have been fantastic, our snowmaking crew’s efforts have been relentless and we’re excited to announce that Purgatory will not only be open top to bottom tomorrow (see the video) but we’ll also be running the Graduate Lift and Columbine Magic Carpet! Graduate and the Columbine Magic Carpet services one of our beginner […]

Top to Bottom Skiing!

Purgatory opens this Saturday, November 17, and we are stoked to announce that we will be open top to bottom! We managed to get a few minutes with Sam Williams, Purgatory’s senior director of mountain operations, to tell us what we can expect beginning Opening Day: PURG: Top to bottom access! What trails will be […]

12 Days to Go!

Purgatory is scheduled to open one week from this Saturday – November 17! Every department is absolutely crushing it right now as we prepare to open. Like you, we can’t wait for this winter season to begin! Our snowmakers continue to make snow at every opportunity. Last week, we put in another 60 hours of […]

Snowmaking Continues

Snowmaking continues at Purgatory! Earlier this week, we picked up 2” of natural snowfall (bringing this season’s snowfall total to well over a foot already) and we’ve been making snow at every opportunity. The snow is hanging on really well up top and our snowmaking strategy is still progressing according to plan. Open Snow meteorologist […]

Snowmaking Begins!

Welcome to the snowmaking season at Purgatory! Last night, at about 10 p.m., we fired up the snowmaking system and made snow for a solid 12 hours. Thanks to the cold front that came through (which brought temperatures in the teens on the mountain), we had a nearly perfect – and extremely productive – first […]

First Snow–See the Photos!

Winter is just around the corner and El Niño is off to a great start with over 3″ of snow falling overnight at Purgatory! Plus, OpenSnow is forecasting up to 13 more inches by the end of the week. Keep an eye on our live cam as the snow continues to fall, then head up […]

The Snow’s Coming

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Yesterday, we shared Unofficial Networks’ post that our mountains could start seeing snow as early as this weekend. Plus, snow was spotted Pigeon and Turret just this afternoon – check it out! With natural snow in the forecast, we talked with Josh Hamill, our head of snowmaking, about how Purg is preparing to create its […]

Here’s Where to Spot Autumn Colors at Purgatory

Fall colors are popping up around the mountain! Peak season is upon us, which means it’s time to break out the camera! Whether you’re a professional photographer looking for the best portrait spots or simply want the perfect Instagram shot, look no further! Here’s our roundup of the best places to see fall colors around […]