Purgatory

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Purgatory
Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke

Overall

4.6

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.

13/14 Historical Snowfall

Purgatory vs
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 $100
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall156″ 179″

Purgatory Reviews

Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 17 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Have your say on Purgatory
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 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 / 5

Nov 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 / 5

Nov 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 / 5

Oct 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!
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 17, 2017
MSMatthew S.
Purgatory ski resort,a short 25 minute drive North if Durango CO is absolutely amazing. Great trails, shirt lift lines, quick lift rides, a variety of areas all with separate lifts makes this a great place to ski or ride. Super friendly locals. And Durango is an absolutely awesome town as well. I skiied Purgatory and Telluride last Christmas and I... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 13, 2017
BABrian A.
Best family friendly resort in Colorado and no lift lines! Great variety of terrain for all skiing and boarding abilities. Still has a great local vibe and fun on mountain food options with epic views.
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 31, 2012
JJonna
The Mountain was beautiful. The Kids ski school program was great. The runs for a beginner skier is great
Superb!

5 / 5

May 19, 2012
DDana
Purgatory is where I've gone the most # of times & it's always a blast. There are many others I'd like to go to, but this one's close enough to drive to & snow conditions are usually good. Terrain is versatile for all levels of skiers.
Superb!

5 / 5

Aug 30, 2011
BBarbara
The mountain is great for all ages and abilities. Also, the people there are so friendly!
Superb!

5 / 5

May 15, 2011
BBarbara
Long runs, great lodge with outdoor fireplaces and lounge chairs, quick access to chairs, fun historic community nearby.
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