Purgatory Ski Resort

Purgatory Ski Resort
Purgatory Resort has great groomers
Purgatory Colorado
Purgatory Ski Resort
Purgatory is very family friendly
The base area has great facilities
Purgatory Resort
Previously called Durango Mountain Resort
On-mountain Purgatory Lodging
Good options for ski-in ski-out lodging
Purgatory Ski Resort
Purgatory Ski Resort
Purgatory Resort Colorado
Great intermediate runs
More blue groomers
Great for families
Cat skiing is based at the resort
Snowmobiling is available from the resort
Snow biking at Purgatory CO
Durango Colorado

Purgatory Ski Resort

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Purgatory Ski Resort

 The Purgatory Ski Resort can't quite decide on it's name! First it was Purgatory and then the Durango Mountain Resort, except all the locals still called it the Purgatory Ski Resort. Then in 2015 under new ownership the name officially reverted back to Purgatory Resort. Either way, the name “Purgatory” is far from apt, as skiing there could never be considered as a place of temporary punishment, torment or suffering!

Purgatory Resort doesn’t receive as much snowfall as some of its neighbouring resorts, and whilst you might not get the glamour and the celebrity sightings that you get at the big Colorado ski resorts, the plus is that you don’t get the big crowds.

Purgatory Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The reputation of Purgatory Ski Resort is that of a mountain that is mainly suited to beginners and intermediates. Whilst 40% of the trails are rated as black or double black, the majority of these are bumps runs, so advanced riders will need to really, really love moguls to enjoy Purgatory Mountain Resort. Unfortunately the tree skiing is very limited and the ski area is completely below the tree line so there are no alpine bowls.

Durango Mountain Resort a.k.a. Purgatory is particularly fabulous for strong intermediate skiers and boarders, and one of the stand-out characteristics of the ski area is the many terraces, rollers and banks. Some of the runs feel like a mini boarder cross course or a rollercoaster, and it’s fantastic to catch air off some of the lips (so long as that’s your intention!). Twin-tippers will also enjoy the three terrain parks and the halfpipe.

The 1,605 acres of ski terrain at Purgatory Resort is serviced by 12 lifts including one high speed 6-person lift and a high speed quad chair.

Where is Purgatory Colorado?

Purgatory (Durango Mountain Resort) is hidden away in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado in the four corners area. The Purgatory ski resort is 27 miles (about a 30 minute drive) north of the town of Durango, and there are shuttles between the town and resort.

Durango has its own airport, the La Plata County Airport, with flights from hubs such as Denver, Albuquerque, and Phoenix. See the how to get to Purgatory page for more information.

Purgatory Lodging

Purgatory Resort has a range of lodging options including condos, vacation homes and a hotel. Purgatory Resort lodging can be rather expensive, but just down the road at the Silverpick Lodge it’s possible to find quality accommodation at a fraction of the price. The other option is to stay in the historic town of Durango where there are a range of Durango hotels as well as lots of very inexpensive motels.

Purgatory Accommodations Listings


Durango is a college town so it’s got plenty of life with great pubs, restaurants and shops. The ski resort has various activities such as snowmobiling with Snowmobile Adventures, snow biking, tubing, and spa treatments. Other Durango winter activities include fly fishing, museums, a soak in the Trimble hot springs, a historic train ride, or a trip to the Mesa Verde National Park. The park is home to fascinating ancient Indian cliff dwellings that date back more than 800 years.

Why Ski Purgatory?

The resort scores really highly with us for its family friendly approach. The Purgatory ski resort is very family oriented with a great ski school programme, plenty of activities, inexpensive child care and low cost skiing. Students and others who appreciate an inexpensive ski vacation are also attracted to the resort, particularly if they stay in off-mountain lodging.
Tours In/Near Purgatory Ski Resort

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

SW Colorado Powder Tour
11 Nights | 9 Days Skiing | 5 Resorts
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Get off the beaten path in South West Colorado away from the crowds where you can have the powder all to yourself. Resorts visited include Telluride, Purgatory, Crested Butte, Silverton & Monarch Mountain.
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USD 4,798
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