First Time at Purgatory – Summer
Welcome to Purgatory Resort!
We look forward to your visit, and want to ensure that you have the best experience possible — whether you are staying at the resort or coming up for the day to enjoy our exciting summer activities.
Before You Arrive
Activity tickets: AM and PM sessions available. Please purchase online in advance. When arriving at the resort, please head to the outside ticket office window in the Village Plaza and have your confirmation email pulled up. A member of our ticket office will provide you with a wristband.
Bike Rentals: Adults and children can rent top-of-the-line mountain bikes from Purgatory Cycle Works Bike Shop. Bikes are available on a first come, first served basis. Advanced reservations are highly recommended.
Bike Lessons: Please reserve at least 24 hours online in advance.
Getting Around – Transportation
Upon arriving at the resort, head through the entrance and park in our Base Area parking lot or Upper/Lower Columbine Lots.
A FREE shuttle helps guests get between activities, with stops at the Village Plaza, Kids Off-Road Track, Twilight Lake and Buck’s Livery. Service follows our summer operating schedule (click here to view). The shuttle drives continuous loops, which take about 15 minutes.
Purgatory Village Plaza
Upon arrival at the plaza, you will find:
Ticket Office: Please visit the outside ticket office window to pick up your pre-purchased lift tickets. Please note that lift tickets may not be purchase at the window.
Shopping: Village Plaza offers great shopping including outdoor gear, quality apparel, Purgatory logo wear, souvenirs and more.
Restaurants: Find convenient and hearty breakfast options; lunch and dinner menus of gourmet burgers, fresh salads, grilled sandwiches, pizza and artisan ice cream — as well as steaks, fish and more. Purgatory Resort restaurants offer something delicious for everyone!
We want you to be cozy and comfortable during your visit. Bring gear and clothing appropriate for the weather and conditions, including a rain jacket and a long-sleeve layer for cooler moments in the day. The temperatures at Purgatory Resort in the summertime average a cool 75 degrees, making it perfect for shorts or pants, and a tank top or short sleeve shirt. Activewear, sunscreen and sunglasses are highly recommended.
Forget something? Purgatory Sports, located in the Village Plaza, has all of your summer needs!
For the Purgatory Bike Park
Make sure to wear clothing you feel comfortable riding in. Pants are not recommended, but if you are riding with pants, we suggest rolling them up at the cuff. We always recommend bringing a jacket as it gets much cooler at the top of the mountain.
Gloves are a must-have while riding. Gloves protect your hands and grip the bars over bumps.
All shoes must be closed-toe, protective, and have traction with your pedals. Pedals with cages are not recommended because they can be challenging step out of if you need to put a foot down quickly. If you have clipless mountain bike shoes and pedals, make sure you feel comfortable clipping in and out before using them.
Cycling helmets are necessary for riding the Purgatory Bike Park. There are two types of cycling helmets: standard and full-face. Standard helmets are great for first-timers on beginner trails. We recommend full-face helmets for intermediate and advanced trails.
Mountain Sun and Air
In high altitudes, it’s easier to catch a sunburn and to become dehydrated more quickly than you’re used to. Apply sunscreen liberally 30 minutes prior to partaking in summer activities, and reapply every two hours. Make sure to drink at least one 8-ounce bottle of water per hour. Also, bring along bars and snacks to replenish your energy throughout the day. Food, drinks and portable snacks are also available in the Village Market & Deli.
To learn more about our COVID guidelines, click here.
Mountain Biker’s Responsibility code
Mountain biking involves risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions and actions contribute to your safety and that of others.
- Stay in Control. You’re responsible for avoiding objects and people.
- Know your limits. Ride within your ability. Start small and work your way up.
- Protect yourself. Use an appropriate bike, helmet and protective equipment.
- Inspect and maintain equipment. Know your components and their operation prior to riding.
- Be lift smart. Know how to load, ride and unload lifts safely. Ask if you need help.
- Inspect the trails and features. Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your riding accordingly.
- Obey signs and warnings. Stay on marked trails only. Keep off closed trails and features. Ride in the direction indicated.
- Be visible. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, landing or are not visible.
- Look and yield to others. Look both ways and yield when entering or crossing a road or trail. When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead.
- Cooperate. If involved in or witness to an incident, identify yourself to staff.
Know the code! It’s your responsibility.