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2020/2021 Opening Day Is This Saturday!

Purgatory is celebrating its 55th season, with the 2020/2021 opening day set for November 21. Resort officials announced that the resort plans to open for the ski season at 9am on Saturday, November 21. Skiers and snowboarders will ride on the high-speed six-person Lift 1 with Lift 2 as needed and specific trails will be […]

10 Days Til Our Scheduled Opening Day!

Let the Countdown to Winter 2020/2021 Begin! We’re only ten days away from our scheduled opening day of November 21! It looks like our snow dance worked, with Purg receiving 6″ of fresh snow this past week. This little boost from Mother Nature has helped our mountain operations team in their snowmaking efforts, and the […]

Snowmaking for the 2020/2021 Season Begins!

Snow fell on the mountains around Purgatory Resort late Sunday night and into Monday. A dusting was visible from the base area, with the summit of the resort receiving a few inches. With the snow came colder temperatures, allowing the resort to begin snowmaking for the 2020/2021 ski season.  “We will hopefully be making snow […]

Fall Backgrounds and Wallpapers for Your Phone

looking down a chairlift line with mountains and aspens at twilight
Welcome fall with these picturesque wallpapers for your phone   It’s the first day of fall! We’re excited to enjoy cool, crisp mornings in the mountains as the aspens begin to change from green to gold. Celebrate the new season with our wallpapers and backgrounds, no matter where you are this time of year! To […]

First Snow of the 2020/2021 Season!

first snow purgatory resort
Purgatory Resort and the surrounding mountains just received its first notable dusting of snow, creating excitement for the 2020/2021 winter ski season. Snow in the high country was a welcome sight, with a scheduled opening date of November 21 coming up on the horizon.  Are you ready for winter? Keep the stoke alive and tag […]

Inferno Stats Infographic

boy riding Inferno Mountain Coaster with resort in background
Today marks the second anniversary of the Inferno Mountain Coaster’s opening! Located by Lift 4 in the base area, the Inferno has offered thrills and smiles to kids and adults alike, and is one of our most popular attractions. If you haven’t had a chance to experience its switchbacks, make sure to do so this […]

Enjoying Fall at Purgatory

Needle mountains with yellow aspen and pine trees
Crisp mornings, bluebird skies and gorgeous pops of yellow, orange and red. These are just a few things we love about fall in the mountains! Read on for tips on how to maximize your autumn in the San Juans.  Where to Spot Leaves You don’t have to wander far from Purgatory Resort’s base area to […]

Winter 2020/2021 Update

the mountains and moon with snow
Dear Purgatory Guests and Friends, We’re in the middle of a great summer at Purgatory Resort. Our team and I are so thankful we have been able to provide our guests with alpine adventures during these uncertain times. With operations shifting to weekends after this Sunday, August 16, and the evenings becoming chillier, we’re thinking […]

Partnership for Local COVID Relief

Purgatory Resort officials announced a new partnership between the resort, the Coleman Charitable Foundation (CCF) and the Durango Chamber of Commerce to provide local small businesses with COVID-19 relief. The resort and foundation are collectively donating over $60,000 from the ski area’s first season pass sale in order to fund the program. “We are honored […]

Meet the Purgatory Bike Park Trails

mountain bike trail scenic purgatory summer
The Purgatory Bike Park features almost 20 trails that include fast, flowy downhill as well as cross-country style riding. Trails range from mellow and fun for riders of all skill levels, to steep and technical that challenge even the most experienced riders. Read on to learn about some of our favorites and check out the trail […]

Late Season Wildflowers Around Purgatory Resort

wildflowers scenic chairlift sunrise
The San Juan Mountains are lovely this time of year, especially with wildflowers in full bloom right now. If you didn’t get to check out the early season wildflowers, you won’t want to miss these three late season wildflowers. Here are three beautiful blooms you can still catch on the tail end of summer.  Fireweed  […]

July 29 Photos

the night sky at Purgatory
We can’t decide if we love early mornings or late evenings more at the resort. Mornings bring a sense of peace and calm as the sun crests over the Needles and illuminates the mountains. At night, the stars shine even brighter in the dark wilderness sky. Spend the evening with us and see for yourself! […]

Announcing Bike Park Leaderboard Contest

mountain bike purgatory bike park action
Today is International Ride MTB Day! Have you heard of the Bike Park Leaderboard? This fun tool allows our passholders to track days ridden and vertical feet gained at the Purgatory Bike Park. This year, we are teaming up with our friends at SPY Optics to give away a prize package to the top two […]

Photos From July 15

The wildflowers are in bloom with lupine, phlox, paintbrush and more providing pops of color around the mountain. When you visit, make sure to stick around for sunset and to witness amazing alpenglow on the San Juan Mountains. Check out photos of both, featuring Nesta the happy rottweiler, taken on July 15 below. If you haven’t booked […]

4th of July in the San Juans

Temperatures are looking hot this weekend. Escape the heat and retreat to the mountains for the 4th of July! Not sure what to do? Here are a few of our favorite activities. RZR Rentals Purgatory Resort’s partner Colorado Outback Adventures offers RZR rentals. Also called side-by-sides, these all-terrain vehicles are perfect for off-road terrain and […]