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All Terrain Pioneers

Join us on Saturday, January 6th or Sunday, January 7th to participate in our optional Skills Assessment for kids who have already skied or snowboarded (not first timers). Meet in the Columbine Area at 10:15 am or 1:15 pm with your child ready to ski or board.  Please stay in the Columbine Area until your child returns with their instructor. See you there!

All Terrain Pioneers (ATP)

Email Purgatory Ski & Snowboard School with any questions about this program.

Registration Fee: $415

kids atp 580x302ATP is an 8 week program for participants ages 6-17.  It is designed for green to black ability level skiers and snowboarders.  This means that participants must, at a minimum, be able to easily link turns with speed control on green runs and be able to ski or snowboard all day.

ATP gives intermediate and advanced skiers and riders instruction and experience with bumps, trees, racing, terrain park, and the half pipe.

These full day classes meet once a week for 8 weeks, January–March. Space is limited and classes are filled first come, first served.

New This Season

  • Season long rentals are now available as add-ons for ATP participants. A discounted rate of $100 will include skis/snowboards, boots, and poles. A mid season tune up is included with seasonal rentals. Season long rentals will be available for pick up at Purgatory Sports (2615 Main Ave.) 10/16/17!
  • Children ages 3-7 ski and snowboard for FREE at Purgatory with a free 7 and Younger Lift Ticket.  You may also purchase a 7 and Younger Convenience Pass for $29.
  • Hot cocoa is FREE (limit one per participant, per class).
  • We’ve gone paperless! All paperwork is done online – no extra trip to the office is required
  • Bring your child to the mountain on select dates to be assessed prior to his or her first day so we can begin the teaching (and the fun!) right away.  We will email you the schedule.

How to Register

Online reservations start September 12th, and end December 1st. Please contact Purgatory Ski & Snowboard School at 970-385-2168 or email us at purgschool@purgatoryresort.com if you have any questions about our program.
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Program Dates

Saturday Session
8:45am – 3:45pm
January 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 24
March 3, 10
Sunday Session
8:45am – 3:45pm
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 4, 11

Program Information

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  • All participants must have a season pass or lift ticket. Please make sure your child has an attached season pass, lift ticket or a 7 and Younger Convenience Pass before dropping him/her off. Contact the Purgatory Ticket Office (970-385-2168) for information about season pass prices and student pass specials.
  • Fully functional and proper sized equipment is required. All ski equipment must have current DIN bindings, metal edges and brakes. Non-DIN bindings are not acceptable. All snowboards must have bindings, metal edges, a P-tex base and a safety leash.  Please use snowboard boots rather than winter boots.  Please contact your local rental shop if you have questions about equipment.
  • There will be no classes held over President’s Day weekend, February 17, 18.
  • There will be no changing classes after the second week.
  • We make every effort to keep the same instructor with their group for each session, but we cannot guarantee it.
  • A minimum enrollment of 4 students in the same discipline with the same ability level is required in order to form a class.
  • There are no refunds or make-up days for missed sessions.
  • If the participant is going to be late please contact your instructor via cell phone or wait at the bottom of Purgatory Village Express (Lift #1) for the class.

Meeting Place

  • All sessions meet in the Columbine area located at the entrance of the resort. Classes begin promptly at 8:45am and end at 3:45pm.
  • On the first day of the eight week session, accompany your child to the check-in area located between Lift 7 and 9 in the Columbine area. Check in begins at 8am.  
  • Please do not put your children in their skis or snowboard (boots o.k.) when waiting in line to check-in on the first day.


Required Paperwork

Signing a Release of Liability is included as part of the online registration process this season.  If for some reason you do not register online, parents must sign a Release of Liability form at check-in for each child in order for them to participate in the program.


Requests made at least 14 days prior to start of the program will receive a full refund; within 14 days a 50% refund; on or after the first class, no refund. Cancellations and refunds must be made at Purgatory Snowsports School or by calling (970) 385-2149.

Attendance and Tardiness

  • There are no refunds or make-up days for missed classes.
  • If the participant will be late, contact your instructor or wait at the bottom of Purgatory Village Express (Lift 1).

What Your Child Needs to Bring

  • Clothing and gear appropriate for conditions: neck gator, goggles, only one pair of socks, snow pants, and non-fleece mittens or gloves.
  • Helmets are required.
  • Snacks, lip balm, sunblock, hand warmers on cold days.
  • Hot cocoa will be available for FREE during breaks (limit one per participant, per class).
  • A sack lunch, Mountain Card or lunch money. Mountain Cards can be purchased at the Main Ticket Office or Purgatory Sports (2615 Main Ave.)  location.