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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. to 4 p.m. both Saturdays and officials say they’ll have nearly half of the mountain open tomorrow, including five terrain parks. The resort’s mid-mountain base depth is currently 55”. Discounted lift tickets will be available at the window: $49 for adults (18-64), $37 for teens (13-17), $32 for kids (ages 11-12) and $39 for seniors (ages 65-79 – guests ages 80 and older ski free). Kids 10 and younger receive a FREE Power Kids season pass that’s valid everyday this season and the 2019/2020 winter, too.

Saturday, May 4 will be Purgatory’s final day of operations for the 2018-2019 season.

This winter season has been a banner year for the resort: Purgatory picked up 359” –  nearly 30 feet – of snow this winter, a feat accomplished only two other times since the Durango-area ski resort opened in 1965.

“We haven’t seen snow like this in over 40 years,” said Dave Rathbun, Purgatory’s general manager. “In March alone we received more than 100” of snowfall, which hasn’t happened here since 1979. Our guests and loyal pass holders will be talking about this season for years to come – and we’re thrilled to be able to share these great conditions in the month of May for the first time in our history.”

While Purgatory does not release skier visit data, Rathbun says the ski area is enjoying double-digit growth over last year.

While the ski season continues at the Durango ski resort, the 2019-20 season pass sale ends at midnight tonight.

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 this year – unlimited, year-round access to Mountain Capital Partners (MCP) newest destination addition: Spider Mountain, the country’s first year-round, lift served mountain bike park, located outside of Austin, Tex. The adult Power 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.