Skiing & Snowboarding ~ Purgatory Resort

Purg-Logo-Red_600Purgatory Resort (formerly Durango Mountain Resort) is an easy 30-minute drive from downtown Durango with no mountain passes to stress over.  Durango boasts some of the best weather and skiing and snowboarding in the Southern Rockies.  Purgatory has a new high-speed quad that replaced the Legends Lift (Chair 8), new trails, several terrain parks, new ski and snowboard programs for families and children, and is increasing their snow-making capacity.  Purgatory Resort has long been a favorite of skiers and snowboarders from all over. Come and experience the difference with a discounted Purgatory Ski package!

Lodging at Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Resort also offers a huge variety of resort lodging options. Whether you are looking for a deluxe ski in / ski out condo or budget-friendly, slope-side lodging, we have something for every budget. Check out all of the lodging options at Purgatory Resort!

Ski / Snowboarding Packages at Purgatory Resort

To help you save time and money, we offer a variety of ski packages to Purgatory Resort.  Let our local travel experts help you plan the perfect winter vacation to Durango.  Enjoy big discounts on lift tickets when you combine them with your lodging.  Optional equipment rentals, lessons, and other winter activities like snowmobiling and horse-drawn sleigh rides are also discounted when included in your package.

Purgatory Ski Packages

Something for Everyone at Purgatory Resort:

Purgatory Resort has long been known as a fun, family destination for skiers and snowboarders in Southwest Colorado, and now the secret is out.

Purgatory Resort’s ski area spans more than 2,400 acres with 723 acres of maintained terrain. 40 miles of groomed Nordic trails are blanketed by 260 inches of snow (over 21 feet). 10 chairlifts serve the 75 trails, the longest of which is two miles, with premier moguls as well as gentle, forested beginner terrain.

Purgatory Resort – Mountain Statistics

The town of Durango, Colorado is at 6,580 feet in elevation with a population of approx. 17,000 (55,000 in La Plata County). Purgatory Resort is a beautiful drive – 25 miles/40km north of Durango on Highway 550.

Purgatory Resort | Trail Map | Village Map

Base/Top Elevation 8,793 ft/ 10,822 ft (2680m/3299m)
Skiable Terrain / Vertical Drop 1,360 acres of skiable terrain / 2,029 ft (618 m) vertical drop
Trail Difficulty 23% Beginner 51% Intermediate 26% Advanced / Expert
Trails 88
Average Annual Snowfall  260 in. (660 cm)
Total Lifts 10 Lifts:
1 High Speed Six Person
2 High Speed Quad
3 Triple Chairlifts
3 Double Chairlifts
1 Magic Carpet
Terrain Parks:
  • Pinkerton Starter Park (beginner)
  • Angel’s Tread (beginner to intermediate)
  • Pitchfork Terrain Garden (intermediate to advanced)
  • Divine Comedy (intermediate to advanced)
  • Paradise Freestyle Arena (advanced)
Snowmaking  21% – (250 acres)

Purgatory Resort has been the recipient of many honors and accolades. Snow Country Magazine ranked it “the second-least-crowded ski area on the continent.” It’s long been known that the San Juan Mountains with its majestic Needles and La Plata Ranges jutting up around the resort provide views compared more commonly to the Alps than the Rockies. Jean-Claude Killy called it “the most beautiful scenery this side of the Italian Alps.” A SKI Magazine readers poll picked Purgatory Resort as #1 for best weather among North American resorts!

Purgatory Resort can also entertain the summer visitor with many different activities such as the alpine slide – great fun for the whole family. For those more daring souls, try mountain biking down the mountain after a scenic chairlift ride to the top. Purgatory Resort hosted the Durango World Cup July 11-15th of 2001 and hosted the World Mountain Bike Championships in 1990. Visitors are invited to ride the chairlift for free, then explore the top and hike or ride the lift back down. There is a small fee to ride the chairlift for mountain biking and the alpine slide but it is definitely worth the experience.