Purgatory Ski Resort, Durango, CO

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Purgatory Ski Resort in Colorado and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets and lodging. Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort was founded by Ray Duncan, a long-time Colorado resident and oil entrepreneur who opened the resort in 1965. Purgatory Ski Resort is located in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of […]

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Purgatory Ski Resort in Colorado and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets and lodging. Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort was founded by Ray Duncan, a long-time Colorado resident and oil entrepreneur who opened the resort in 1965. Purgatory Ski Resort is located in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, 28mi/45km north of the city of Durango. On your way to the Purgatory Ski Resort, you will most likely pass through this historic city, which was named one of America’s Best Small Towns by Outside magazine, due to its wide array of shopping, dining and recreational opportunities, including more restaurants per capita than San Francisco. Over the years Purgatory Ski Resort has experienced many periods of growth and today has evolved into the perfect family vacation destination, which is known for its unmatched scenery and terrain for all abilities. It is said that you can never go back, but sometimes it appears possible. After a hiatus, Durango Mountain Resort is changing it’s name back to Purgatory Resort on Feb 15, 2015.

At Escape2ski you’ll find out – What to know…before the snow.

On the Slopes

  • Purgatory Resort has an uphill capacity of over 15,000 skiers and snowboarders per hour. This translates into more time on the slopes allowing skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels a chance to take advantage of the entire mountain. You won’t want to miss the spectacular views found all around the mountain, so make sure to take your camera.
  • Purgatory Resort is home to amazing fall line skiing and snowboarding. Look no further than the collection of intermediate terrain found off the Hermosa Park Express.
  • Want to get your heart beating on your first run of the day? Then ride the Purgatory Village Express to the top where you’ll quickly discover the challenging terrain of Upper Catharis, Upper Pandemonium and a real crowd favourite, the short run of No Mercy.
  • For those who want some tougher terrain, make the journey across the mountain to the Legends Lift where you can discover the terrain of Ray’s Ridge or Blackburn Bash.
  • In search of a terrain park, then you’re at the perfect location. Purgatory Resort is home to 5 Terrain Parks, equipped with enough rails, boxes and other features to entertain all ability levels.

Off the Slopes

  • Staying slope-side is an excellent option, just walk out the door and head to the slopes. The resort offers a quaint and cozy village setting with lodging, restaurants and retail and features wonderful views of the San Juan Mountains from either the village or the slopes.
  • Purgatory Resort also offers shuttle service, for a fee, from the airport to the resort and for those in need of groceries and other sundries the driver will make a quick stop in the city of Durango along the way.
  • If you have a day away from the slopes be sure to visit the city of Durango. Spend the day shopping, having lunch and visiting the many tourist attractions this city has to offer, including the 12,000 sq ft railroad museum. A shuttle service to the city of Durango can be arranged by calling 970-426-7282.
  • Purgatory Resort is a place where families can visit and truly make the most of their stay. On select evenings, childcare is available from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm to allow parents the chance to venture out by themselves and enjoy a quiet evening together. Again, reservations are recommended by calling 970-385-2144. Also the Snow Monsters Den childcare is available during the day.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
2029 ft / 619 m

Base Elevation:
8793 ft / 2680 m

Summit Elevation:
10822 ft / 3299 m

Skiable Area:
1525 acres

Average Snowfall:
260 in / 660 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 94

Beginner: 19 (20%)

Intermediate: 42 (45%)

Advanced: 23 (24%)

Expert: 10 (11%)

Terrain Parks: 7

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half / Mini Pipe: Yes

Jib Park: Yes

Services

Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free and Paid

Retail Shops: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Durango-La Plata CO, 42mi / 68km

Nearest Major City:
Durango CO, 28mi / 45km

Nearest Town/City:
Durango CO, 28mi / 45km

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-525-0892

Direct Phone: 970-247-9000

Snow Phone: 970-247-9000

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 18 to Apr 8

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Days Operating: Everyday

Operating Hours:
9:00am to 4:00pm : See website for any updates

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices

Webcams

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 11

Trams: 0

Gondolas: 0

Chondolas: 0

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Express Six: 1

Express Quads: 2

Express Triples: 0

Quads: 0

Triples: 3

Doubles: 3

Surface Lifts: 2

Lodging

Mountainside: Yes

Within 30mi / 48km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

Airport Convenience Ranking™

Durango-LaPlata County Airport  (DRO)
Distance: 42 mi / 68 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Helpful Links

Ski Resort Website

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Resort Shuttle Service

Airport Transportation