Facilities & Services


Facilities & Services

There are two different hubs for facilities at Purgatory Resort. The Columbine Base Area is at the bottom of the resort where the beginner slopes are located and a few facilities such as lift ticket sales and ski school. Further up the mountain is the central gathering place in the Purgatory Village pedestrian plaza, with most of the amenities located here.

The Purgatory Ski Resort facilities and services are well developed and modern. However the service itself is a little on the amateurish side with lots of young workers who don’t quite keep their eye on the ball.

Eating On Mountain

There are several options for daytime dining in the Purgatory Village.

Purgy’s in the Purgatory Lodge is good for a quick brekkie, and for lunch they have self-service cafeteria style dining. They proudly serve Starbuck’s coffee but little pride is placed on making a good coffee. Like many other establishments in SW Colorado, they burn the hell out of the coffee and the milk.

The Village Market is a cute little spot for breakfast or lunch, or for lunch you could have a pizza or panini at Creekside. If you choose the former make sure you go with lots of friends because the smallest pizza they serve is a 16 incher.

If you don’t want to return to the main base area, there are a few dining options on-mountain. Just below the top of lifts 1 and 2 is the Powderhouse where you can buy hotdogs and pizzas, or sneak upstairs for a beer at the Pitchfork Pub. On the backside of the mountain is Dante’s just off lift 5 where you can buy burgers and Mexican food and perch on the deck on sunny days. Dante’s Backside Bistro is a full service restaurant with really spectacular views, but it’s only open on Fridays and the weekends.

Brown-baggers can sit out the front of Purgy’s on a deck chair and watch the action coming down the mountain, or there are picnic tables near the Legends lift and the #3 chair.

Child Care

At Purgatory Ski Resort they have a Snow Monsters program for kids. Sounds scary! Indoor child care for ages 2 months up to 3 years is called Blizzard Babies. The Powder Pigs child care is for 3 and 4 year olds with a combination of indoor and outdoor play including cross country skiing. The child care is available on an hourly basis or as a half day or full day program. The costs are very reasonable in comparison to other Colorado and Utah ski resorts.

Ski School and Snowboard Lessons

Purgatory Resort provides standard group ski and snowboard lessons for adults. Prices are very inexpensive in comparison to other Colorado and Utah ski resort costs. Private lessons are also relatively cheap. They also have a range of speciality programs including telemark, cross country and snowbike lessons, and a well developed Adaptive Sports program.

Kids ski school is also very economical. The kids ski school for the wee ones operates from the area out the front of the ski and board rental. Parents have a great viewing spot on the deck outside Hoody’s.

Purgatory Ski Rentals

Purgatory Ski Rental in the Village Center Building offers a range of ski and board rental packages for adults and children. Prices are very good. Also in the Village Center, the Performance Peak ski shop specialises in demo skis and boots.

Around the corner in the Kendall Mountain Building, Bubba’s Boards is dedicated to snowboards. 

Next to the lower chairlifts at the Columbine Base area, Gold Medal Sports offer cheaper equipment rentals. They cater to all levels of riders but most of their business is associated with beginners.

Cliffside and Bike Rental (46825 Highway 550 Durango) also have cheap rental packages. Equipment rentals also include demo skis, snowboards, and snowshoes. The shop is located next to the Needles Country Store opposite the Olde Schoolhouse Café, 2.5 miles south of Durango Mountain Resort.

Durango Ski Rentals

There are various ski and snowboard shops in the town of Durango on Main Ave and Camino del Rio, with very competitive prices for equipment rentals. Shops include: the Ski Barn (3533 Main Ave) with a large range of kids and adults equipment; and 2nd Avenue Sports who don’t have cheap basic rentals.