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Non-Skiers Guide to Purgatory

Non-skiers rejoice! Maybe you’ve taken our free lesson for first timers and decided skiing or snowboarding is just not for you. You can still enjoy Purgatory Resort and the surrounding areas with many great events and activities!

Activities at Purgatory

Inferno Mountain Coaster
Our newest thrill leaves you in control as you take in mountain views during 9 switchbacks and one 360-degree loop. Children 36″+ can ride with an adult.

Tubing
Located in the Columbine area, the tubing hill offers multiple designated tubing-only lanes! This activity is perfect for those those at least 36″/3 years old.

Scenic Snowcat Tours
A unique experience, Purgatory offers both scenic snowcat tours and 5-course gourmet dinners. Reservations are required.

  

Snowshoe Tours
Snowshoeing is easy with the help of the chairlift, included rentals, and our friendly and knowledgeable guides. Check out the special Alpenglow tours for spectacular colors and on-mountain apres drinks and snacks. Reservations are required.

Sleigh Rides
Get whisked through the snow by beautiful draft horses while enjoying breathtaking views. 

horse drawn sleigh ride base area

Snowmobiling
Professional guides will show you how to operate snowmobiles and guide you through a variety of terrain options. This fun activity is suitable for drivers ages 16+ and passengers ages 4+.

Shopping
The village plaza is a great place to shop ’til you drop! Offering everything from apparel and gear for the whole family to jewelry, toys, gifts, Purgatory souvenirs and more. 

Dining
If activities have left you famished, grab a bite or drink at one of the base area outlets. If you want to watch the skiers and boarders Purgy’s Slopeside and The Bear Bar & Grille are great options.

Spa
Treat yourself to relaxing massage at The Woodhouse Day Spa, voted the #1 day spa in Durango!

Activities in the Area

Historic Train
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been operating since 1882 and is known in the winter for it’s magical Polar Express rides.

Downtown Durango
Located 25 miles south of Purgatory Resort, Durango has a charming downtown with shopping, art galleries, restaurants, breweries, and year-round recreation opportunities. 

downtown durango snowy night

Hot Springs
Soak in the hot, relaxing pools after a day playing outside in nearby Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa.

National Parks & Monuments
While you’re in the area visit and learn about Ancestral Puebolan ruins. A favorite, Mesa Verde National Park, offers some of the largest and best-preserved sites in the United States. 

 

Winter Events

Snowdown
Locals look forward all year to this can’t-miss event, held January 29-February 1, 2020.

Skijoring 
Come watch (or participate in) this fun event held February 15-16, 2020 in nearby Silverton.

Ouray Ice Festival
When was the last time you were at an ice climbing festival? This unique fundraiser is held Jan 23-26, 2020.