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Prepping for the Season: Snowmaking

snowgun firing with mountains in background
Our snowmaking team has been hard at work. Check out some of their recent progress below.

October 28 Snow

First Snow of the Season!

snow falling with orange trees
This morning, less than a week after fall activities closed, Mother Nature brought the first snowfall of the season to Purgatory! More is in the forecast through Monday. Check out some photos below, snapped by Grady James on October 18.

First Snowmaking Test of the Season!

snow guns and yellow aspen trees
This morning, October 11, our snowmakers fired up the guns for the first snowmaking run of the 2019-2020 season! We’re testing out our snowmaking system as we continue to prep the mountain for our scheduled opening day, November 23. Check out the photos taken earlier today and don’t forget to nab some Deep Deals on […]

Fall Leaves Photo Roundup

yellow aspen and mountains
This fall has been absolutely gorgeous and the aspen trees are popping on the mountain! Join us this Saturday and Sunday for the final weekend of fall activity operations and enjoy the views from a scenic chairlift ride, the Inferno Mountain Coaster, the alpine slide and more. Don’t forget you’ll save 50% when you purchase […]

Meet the Double Amputee Who Crushes the Purg Bike Park

Bike instructor Dave Asselin with bike and mountains in background
At Purgatory, our greatest strength is our employees and today we are proud to recognize one of our newest team members, David Asselin. David left behind a successful career in the medical field and now lives the mountain lifestyle in his Sprinter van. He was drawn to the San Juans from the Front Range, and […]

New Mountain Biking Skills Park Makes Learning Fun

Do you ever find yourself at the Bear Bar, enjoying a snack or refreshment, while you watch the mountain bikers fly down the trails and think “man, that looks really fun!” Mountain biking sure can be pure joy but can have the opposite effect if you’re not in control, or trying out trails and features […]

Ladies’ Shop Rides: Camaraderie & Community

For years I’ve been interested in mountain biking. As a hiker, rafter and backcountry skier it seemed like adding mountain biking to my arsenal of sports was not only mandatory to be considered a real Durangoan but it also looked like a whole lot of fun. But all of these same years I’ve been finding […]

Why Our Operations Team Rocks!

Our Mountain Operations team has a big job full of myriad tiny details. Besides the obvious (running the lifts, grooming the runs) there are many unsung heroes out there, such as the mechanics that keep all of the equipment running, including the vehicles and cats used to get around. Not one, not two, but THREE […]

The Summer Races You Don’t Want to Miss!

Lace up your sneakers, grab some water and your favorite running partner, and get ready for the summer race season! Complementing a summer full of fun events, Purgatory offers a variety of foot races, suitable for all abilities from new and young runners to seasoned mountain athletes.  Make sure to sign up early for these […]

Purgatory Extends the Season into May

For the first time in resort history, Purgatory will be open for skiing and snowboarding in May. Mountain officials announced this morning that Purgatory Resort will continue to operate for two more Saturdays, and the historic 2018-19 season will conclude after Saturday, May 4. Purgatory Village Express (Lift 1) will be turning from 9 a.m. […]

Meet the Man Who Is Skiing Over 150 Days This Season

Every season some of us decide on a goal of the number of days we want to ski or snowboard during the winter. For those who don’t live near a ski area this might be 5 days during Spring Break. Maybe you’re a local with a flexible work or class schedule and are aiming for […]

A Few of Our Favorite 18/19 Powder Pics

With Purgatory crossing the 300″ mark today (we’re at 308″ to be precise and Open Snow forecasts even more through Thursday), we’ve compiled our most stoke-worthy photos (so far!) from the 2018-2019 season, including our favorite Instagram shots from YOU! Keep tagging us (@skipurg) in your powder photos for a chance to be featured on […]

Purgatory Adds Ski Days to the Calendar!

Winter Continues: Purgatory and Hesperus Add Ski Days to the Calendar   Durango, Colo: With Purgatory Resort crossing the 300” mark for total snowfall this morning and sister mountain Hesperus Ski Area reporting 188”, both ski areas announced today they are adding ski days to the 2018-2019 winter. Purgatory is extending the daily operating schedule […]

Our Favorite March Events

Bluebird days on the mountain are the epitome of spring skiing at Purgatory! What goes best with sunny skies and perfect weather? Our series of March events! Our classic lineup features plenty of exciting activities for the whole family, including opportunities for the kiddos to get creative and the adults to indulge in local brews! […]