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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 […]

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 4 weeks when Purgatory is scheduled to open 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 […]

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 […]