Durango, Colo. –  Purgatory Resort opens for ski season on Saturday, Nov. 17 with top to bottom skiing and snowboarding on the frontside of the mountain.  Lifts 1 and 2 will begin daily operations on Nov. 17 from 9am to 4pm with access to the trails Westfork, El Diablo, Upper & Lower Demon, and the Bank which will also offer several terrain park features. 

“We’re very excited to start the ski season at Purgatory Resort with top to bottom skiing on the six-pack this Saturday,” stated James Coleman, managing partner of Purgatory Resort.  “Mother Nature has given us nearly two feet of snow already, plus prime temperatures to make plenty of snow for opening day.  This is a fantastic start to a great ski season.”

Lift tickets are available at the Ticket Window: 
$59 adults
$46 teens
$39 kids (ages 11 & 12)
$49 seniors
Kids 10 and under, and those 80 and older ski free everyday at Purgatory

Pre-purchased, discounted lift tickets are available online at PurgatoryResort.com.

“Our snowmakers have done a phenomenal job in getting the mountain ready for opening day,” stated Sam Williams, senior mountain operations director at Purgatory Resort.  “Thanks to our advanced snowmaking system combined with cold temperatures, our crews have been extremely productive with making snow, and they’re already working to get more terrain open.”

Traditional first chair festivities will be held on the ski beach at Lift 1, Purgatory Village Express, at 9am to kick off the ski season. On Saturday, the Powderhouse on-mountain bar and restaurant, Purgy’s Slopeside restaurant, the Bear Bar, and the Village Market & Deli will be open.  Purgy’s will host après ski with samples of Colorado Native Amber Lager, and free giveaways by Coors, including a pair of skis.   

The Purgatory Ski & Snowboard School will offer lessons and Purgatory Rentals and Expert Edge will be open daily starting on Saturday. 

Retail shops such as Purgatory Sports and Alpine Chic.  Woodhouse Day Spa at Durango Mountain Club will be open Fridays through Sundays, noon to 7pm, plus holidays.  YogaDurango will host one-hour yoga classes at the Durango Mountain Institute on Saturdays and Sunday at 8:30am.  

Purgy’s is offering a special Thanksgiving dinner buffet available at noon and 2:30pm on Nov. 22.  For a menu and pricing, visit PurgatoryResort.com


FREE Power Kids Pass!  All kids who are ages 10 and younger receive a FREE season pass simply by registering online, picking one up at the on mountain Ticket Office, or stopping by Purgatory Sports at 2615 Main Avenue.  No purchase is required for the free Power Kids pass which provides direct-to-lift access with no blackout dates to Purgatory, Hesperus Ski Area, Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Sipapu Ski Resort near Taos, NM, and Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos, NM.  The pass is valued at $399.  For more information visit PurgatoryResort.com.

New Thrills this Winter!

The new Inferno Mountain Coaster in the base area will open this winter for the first time.  The Inferno is 4,000 feet long with a 300 vertical drop and was created by the Aquatic Development Group.  The ride includes nine switchbacks and one 360 degree loop.  Individual carts can go as fast as 25 miles per hour and the track rises up to as high as 40 feet in the air in some areas.

The Inferno Mountain Coaster will be open for the Thanksgiving holiday week, Nov. 17 through Nov. 25 from 10am to 4pm.  Rides are $20 per person.

The mountain coaster’s name is inspired from Purgatory’s historic theme which was originally derived from Dante’s Divine Comedy.  Many ski trail names at the resort also follow this theme, including Styx, Pandemonium, Hades, Pitchfork, El Diablo, Limbo and more.  The new coaster is open during winter and summer seasons.

New Trails!  Purgatory is opening two new gladed tree skiing trails on the front side of the mountain.  Mark's Park is an intermediate trail with natural terrain park features, and the other trail is a beginner gladed tree skiing trail near Lift 2.    Total number of trails 101

New Places to Shop!  Purgatory is opening two new retail shops in the Village Plaza.   “Branded” will feature logoed apparel and gift items, and the Board Shop features snowboard gear and apparel.  

Something New for the Taste Buds! Purgatory is adding the Waffle Cabin to the Columbine area.  The Waffle Cabin specializes in hot and fresh "original" made-to-order Belgian sugar waffles and warm chocolate-drizzled Belgium waffles, plus hot cocoa, soft drinks and more.

Purgatory Resort is part of the Southwest’s largest ski area collective, owned and managed by Mountain Capital Partners, along with other ski resorts, including Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Hesperus Ski Area, and Nordic Valley Ski Resort, plus Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures.  Mountain Capital Partners has invested a grand total of $40 million in capital improvements over four consecutive seasons.


Media Contact:

Kim Oyler  |   koyler@MCP.ski   |  (970)749-2086


About Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Resort is recognized as a top value, year-round resort. Snow enthusiasts enjoy the winter wonderland with 101 trails, seven terrain parks and 1,605 skiable acres. With 12 chairlifts and rarely any lines, it’s simple to zip around the mountain and enjoy the spectacular scenery amidst the rugged San Juan Mountains. Other winter activities include dog sledding, tubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, backcountry skiing, snowmobiling and more!  The new Inferno Mountain Coaster just debuted at Purgatory Resort in August and will be open all seasons throughout the year. In the summer, Purgatory provides outdoor fun and adventure, with an exciting zipline, alpine slide, summer tubing, scenic and mountain bike chairlift rides, hiking and mountain bike trails, bungee trampolines, disc golf, UTVs, paddle boarding and more!  For more information or to book a vacation, call 970-247-9000, visit www.purgatoryresort.com, or follow @skiPurg on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  For details, visit www.PurgatoryResort.com.