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Just for Parents

Here are our best parent-tested, kid-approved tips for planning your ultimate family trip to Purgatory Resort:

Book Early

Purgatory offers some of the best deals around – perfect for family-sized budgets. Plus, the earlier you buy, the more you can save. Check out our list of specials here.

Visit Animas City Adventure Park

Animas City Adventure Park is the best place for families: kids (and the young at heart!) can slide through houses, in a tunnel, past a train and through some gentle slopes or even a couple great tree skiing trails. View Animas City on the trail map

Check Out the Family Drop-Offs & Wagons

Let’s be honest: sometimes the hardest part of a family ski adventure is getting from the car to the slopes, especially when you have little ones in tow. Purgatory helps lighten your load.

The arrival court just south of the main base area parking lot can be used for dropping off and picking up friends and family. Valet parking is also available here, and costs $25/day ($35/day during Christmas holiday season).

In Village Plaza, Purgatory Greeters are ready to answer your questions and, yes, even help you lug your gear. (You can’t miss them: they’re wearing cowboy hats!)

Also in Village Plaza, Purgatory provides free all-terrain wagons that are made especially for moving kids and gear around the Village.

children group ski lessonDiscover the Ski School and Child Care Options for Kids

Group instruction is available for kids and teens ages 4-17 in Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding. Students are grouped by ability and ski or ride on terrain appropriate to the group’s level.We also offer half-day Strider Snowbike Lessons for children ages 3-4. Friends & Family lessons are available, too, so parents and kids can learn together!

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For children ages 4 years and younger, The Den is Purgatory Resort’s on-site Guest Childcare Facility, providing full day and half day child care right in the Base Area.

Learn more about The Den

snowman brother sisterMore Ways to Have Fun

Knowing the nearest place to get hot chocolate can make all the difference in a child’s – and a parents’s – day on the slopes. View Purgatory’s Village map and Resort Area map to find all restaurants and service facilities on the mountain.

Beyond skiing and snowboarding, Purgatory is home to family-favorite activities, including sleigh rides, dog sledding, snowmobile tours and tubing. Plus, Purgatory’s calendar of events is full of FREE family activities happening all winter long.

If your alpine adventure includes taking your family to town, be sure to check out the Durango Train, one of the most popular and memorable family activities in southern Colorado.

And don’t forget to build a snowman and have a snowball fight!