Storm after storm that hit the southern Colorado resort outside of Durango has left the mountain with very deep snow, and record-breaking conditions. Purgatory received 21 feet of snow in ten weeks at one point. Resort officials tell OnTheSnow they expect the quality mid-mountain base depth to withstand an additional week of skiing and snowboarding.
Purgatory now will be open March 31 through April 6, from 10 a.m-4 p.m. Three chairlifts (Chairs 1, 3, and 8) will be in operation, providing access to both the front and backsides of the mountain, with additional chairlifts in the Columbine Beginner's Area available as needed. Lift tickets will be $40 for adults and season passes still will be valid.
"The conditions this season have exceeded our expectations and we felt we owed it to the snow gods to stay open one more week," says Purgatory's Hank Thiess.