Purgatory Announces 2021/2022 Season Pass and Capital Improvements
DURANGO, CO — Purgatory Resort and Hesperus Ski Area opened their pass sales for the 2021/2022 winter season earlier today. Headlined by new benefits including free season passes for kids ages 12 and younger, resort officials say one important detail hasn’t changed over last year: affordability.
“The last 12 months brought new uncertainties but two things never wavered: our confidence that we would return to skiing and our mantra of skiing first,” said James Coleman, managing partner of both resorts and all Power Pass mountains. “Our passholders have been so loyal during this unprecedented time – they believe in skiing, just like us. And we’re proud to offer them our very best value and access.”
Now through May 21, guests can receive the guaranteed lowest price of the season while locking in new benefits never offered before:
Kids 12 & Under Receive a Free Season Pass: Purgatory and Hesperus will offer a FREE season pass to kids ages 12 and younger. Previously, the popular Power Kids pass was available for kids 10 and younger. This no-strings-attached, no-purchase-necessary pass is one of the best values for families in North America, offering kids 12 and younger free direct to lift access every day in the winter (no blackout dates) to Purgatory and Hesperus and six Power Pass mountains in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas (year-round biking).
No Price Increase For Adults: The Power Pass family of passes – led by the collective’s best pass, the Power Pass – will start at $699 for adults, the same price as last year for guests 37-64.
Buy Now, Ski Now: For the first time, Purgatory will offer a new benefit that will allow 2021/2022 season pass holders to begin using their pass for the duration of the 2020/2021 winter season.
New Benefits: The mountains’ most popular season pass benefits, including discounted lift tickets, lessons, ski school, and discounts on food and beverage will move entirely online, allowing passholders to access their favorite perks with more convenience and fewer touchpoints.
“We can’t thank our loyal season pass holders enough for their support during this crazy year. So much of what we have come to expect on a day of skiing or riding was different this year,” says Dave Rathbun, general manager of Purgatory. “We will be able to look back at this season as a success, in great part thanks to the patience and cooperation of passholders who helped us keep everyone safely enjoying the mountain all season. We did it together and we can’t thank you enough.”
Guests who purchase 2021/2022 season passes will have through April 18 to use their new pass, when Purgatory is scheduled to close for the season.
Planned Enhancements at Purgatory
Resort officials set their sites on the future and announced Purgatory’s capital improvement plan kicking off this summer. The primary objective of the overall plan is in alignment with the resort’s mission: skiing first.
- Improvements to snowmaking infrastructure, including pump and compressor rebuilds and another 35% increase to our fan gun fleet
- Modernization of existing lifts including new electric motors, digital drives, communication lines, and spacing systems
- Replacement of two snowcats with new Prinoth machines to support the three new cats added to the fleet last year
- New Burton snowboard rental fleet
- Trail improvements through the removal of second growth, thinning, and removal of dead trees
- Deason Built mountain bike carriers that hold four bikes per chair for the Purgatory Express (Lift 1)
- New 65′ long treasure panning sluice
- Continued modernization of existing mountain bike trails
- Continued construction on Shangri-La, a multi-phase beginner mountain bike trail that offers a wide variety of terrain including berms, progressive turns, smooth singletrack, a tunnel, and several wooden “fly-over” bridge features
- New wedding ceremony site at the top of Purgatory Express
Summer in the San Juans
Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, Purgatory is looking forward to a return to a more traditional summer with family-friendly summer adventure center activities, numerous family reunions, group and wedding functions, and lift-served mountain biking.
Purgatory will play host to the Big Mountain Enduro (BME) mountain bike race on August 28-29, 2021. Additionally, on May 1, Purgatory will be regrouping with USA Cycling to discuss rescheduling the Collegiate Mountain Biking National Championships for October 14-17, 2021, canceled last fall due to the pandemic. “With events like the USAC Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships and Big Mountain Enduro, Purgatory will be firmly back on the national mountain biking map,” comments Rathbun. Purgatory held the first UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in 1990, the first town in the U.S. to officially host the event, which included cross-country and downhill races. Purgatory is scheduled to open for summer June 19 for daily operations through August 15 and weekends thereafter through October 10.