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Purgatory Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Cascade Village by The Ivy Group
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £489
Apple Orchard Inn & Cottages
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £288
Quality Inn Durango
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £206

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Located in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado, Purgatory is a super friendly south western ski resort, perfect for families and folks that want a genuine kicked-back Colorado ski vacation. Purgatory offers a convenient well-planned ski base with a small pedestrian village and great lodging just steps from the slopes. Durango Colorado offers plenty to do besides skiing - but the skiing on Purgatory is so pleasing - you may not need any other diversions.

16/17 Historical Snowfall


PurgatoryArapahoe Basin
beginner20 %10 %
intermediate45 %30 %
advanced30 %37 %
expert5 %23 %
total runs94 109
ski area1,525ac 960ac
summit elevation10,822ft 13,050ft
total lifts11 8
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$89 USD (£69 GBP) $100 USD (£77 GBP)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall156″ 180″

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Purgatory Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 23 reviews

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Very Good!4.2 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Purgatory ReviewsKyle E.
advanced skier
Purg is one of my favorite off peak ski resorts. Peak season the place is inundated with Texans. The nick name "traverseatory" does hold true as the mountain is layed out in a staircase pattern of steep than flat and so on. My personal favorite area is anything off of lift 8. Purg has that locals feel and additude when not in a peak weekend. ... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Purgatory ReviewsScott H.
expert snowboarder
Purgatory offers a family friendly and affordable ski destination that has something for everyone in your group. The uncrowded slopes, attentive instructors and a great mix of terrain will keep a smile on everyone’s face. All the expected resort amenities are available but renting an Air B&B in Durango, 30 minutes away, opens up all the shopping &... More
Average!3.5 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Purgatory ReviewsMark W.
expert skier
Purgatory has great value for a Colorado mountain keeping its lift tickets at a very reasonable price. Great ski school for beginners and optimal terrain for intermediates. However the lift layouts can be frustrating and snow can be inconsistent.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Purgatory ReviewsJoel S.
expert skier
Purgatory is a wonderful resort with something for everyone! None of the pretensions of the Monster resorts like Vail. It has a decidedly small town feel and is tons of fun!! Granted there really aren’t other close resorts to compete with, it’s still worth the trip, tucked out of the way in the beautiful San Juan Mountains!... More
Superb!5 / 5May 03, 2019
ACAlec C.
intermediate snowboarder
Loved it, great time with some buddies from flagstaff for the weekend. Park had great features for all skill levels. Groomers were kept nice each day. Friendly staff. The town also had plenty of options for dining and nightlife (Durango)... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 06, 2018
ESEli S.
intermediate snowboarder
Fantastic resort! Great time. Went with two friends for the first time and it was a blast. The college passes we’re great and the lifts were fast. The parks also were very well maintained... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 30, 2017
PHPeter H.
intermediate snowboarder
This was definitely an incredible trip. The resort was clean, well organized, ans had a good vibe about it. With around 100 trails, this mountain feels like a hidden gem. There were no lines at the lifts on the backside of the mountain! Definiteoy a great mountain to check out.... More
Good!3.8 / 5Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
Purgatory is awesome. The terrain is very unique with massive rollers everywhere. Super fun and usually easy to avoid crowds. Park is average sized but usually well maintained. Decent food and drink specials. Fun atmosphere, especially when "the beach" has a lot of visitors. Easy place to end up meeting new people and starting a party. Go to... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 21, 2017
PSPetr S.
expert snowboarder
Like the name says it's purgatory somewhere in between. Awesome turns to be had in the trees just have to find em. Check out the compound if u know where it's at it's not marked on any map gots to ask a local!... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 19, 2017
SGSaul G.
Visited Purgatory resort March 2017. Was my first time skiing so I rented my gear from them and they were very helpful. The mountain itself has plenty of green slopes for a beginner to shred. Would definitely recommend!

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