Purgatory

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Purgatory
Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke

Overall

4.5

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.

12/13 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
Superb!

5 / 5

Apr 06, 2011
JJeffrey
While not a huge resort, Purgatory offers great advanced intermediate skiing on varied terrain with a back drop of breath taking beauty.
Superb!

5 / 5

Jan 05, 2011
GGreg
Close proximity to Phoenix for driving. Durango is a nearby town to go to while at resort. Laid back feel. San Jaun Mountains
Poor!

2 / 5

Nov 05, 2009
BBuddy
needs to update the lodging
Very Good!

4 / 5

Aug 22, 2009
RRichard
Located in the San Juans of Southern Colorado - surrounded by 14,000 peaks - great snow
Very Good!

4 / 5

Mar 27, 2009
JJ
Have an excellent adaptive ski program and don't have to drive up a mountain to get to the resort. Friendly staff also. Some interesting dining experiences in town also.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Dec 13, 2008
TTony
Mainly chose Purgatory because it was easy to get to by car and offered family oriented environment. Also, the cost was less than other resorts we had been to in the past.
Superb!

5 / 5

Mar 12, 2005
JJonna
The Mountain is beautiful and the program for the kids was great. The Terrain for beginner skiers is great.
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