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Purgatory Adds Ski Days to the Calendar!

Photo taken 3/12/19

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 through April 7 and will be open Saturdays and Sundays thereafter, although a closing date has not yet been announced.

Hesperus will be open everyday this week from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. as part of their regular operating schedule. Instead of closing for the season on Sunday, March 17, however, they will continue operations on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning March 22. Hesperus’ closing date is currently planned for Sunday, March 31.

Last night’s snowfall brought 13” to Purgatory Resort, bringing the total snowfall for the 18/19 season to 308”. Purgatory is now perched on a 98” base and Hesperus is at a 40” base. With the snow still coming (Open Snow forecasts up to 17” at Purgatory and up to 13” at Hesperus through Thursday), guests and employees alike are relishing that winter has returned in full force this year.

“Last year, we all did the best with what we had,” said Mountain Capital Partners (MCP) managing partner James Coleman. “But this winter? It’s like everyday is a celebration. Guests are loving it. Employees are taking more laps. The stoke is so high across the board and we’re eager to keep that going well into spring.

While Purgatory and Hesperus do not release skier visit data, Coleman says that both ski areas  are enjoying double-digit growth over last year.

“As always, our priority is skiing and we’ll keep skiing as long as we can and as conditions permit,” Coleman said.

As Purgatory and Hesperus fan the flame (or, in this case: snow) of optimism, the resorts, together, with the MCP network of ski areas including Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort and Pajarito Ski Area, put 2019/2020 season passes on sale Monday, March 11th.

Once again, the Power Pass is the crowning jewel of the tiered pass options, offering unlimited access to all 3,400 acres of skiing across all resorts and – new for this year – unlimited, year-round access to MCP’s newest addition: Spider Mountain, the country’s first year-round, lift served mountain bike park, located outside of Austin, Tex. The adult pass price is $599, the same introductory price as last year.

As part of MCP’s commitment to making skiing affordable and accessible to everyone, all of the ski areas within the MCP family will also continue to offer Power Kids, a FREE season pass for kids ages 10 and younger. No parent purchase is required, and this pass is valid everyday through the 2019/2020 season.

The introductory 2019/2020 season pass sale ends April 26. For a complete list of pass options and prices, visit or

While officials at the Durango-area ski resorts are eyeing the 2019/2020 season, they still have  both feet (skis) firmly planted in the remaining days of this winter.

“This season has been special – not just because of the snow, but because we’ve been able to see, first-hand, our community and our guests support us through the challenges of the last year and a half,” Coleman said. “We’re not taking a single powder day for granted.”