From its vantage point high in the San Juan Mountains, the ski resort of Purgatory offers some of the best views of Southwest Colorado and access to excellent winter and summer sports. Purgatory is the local name for the Durango Mountain Resort, an alpine destination located 26 miles (42 kilometers) north of Durango. Since 1965, skiers and snowboarders, along with hikers during the summer season, have frequented the resort. Enjoy all the amenities of North America’s largest ski resorts while still experiencing a traditional, family-run charm.
Explore the 1,360 acres (550 hectares) of ski fields owned by the resort. You’ll find trails for everyone in your party, regardless of experience level. Learn the ropes with beginners’ lesson or descend the toughest trails that lead from the highest peaks. When you’re not out in the snow, enjoy the shopping, fine dining and live entertainment, all within the resort. Relax after a long day with a spa, cool down in the fitness center or warm up before a cozy fire.
Ski season at Purgatory runs from November to March, depending on snowfall. Each year the Durango Mountain Resort receives an average 260 inches (661 centimeters) of snow. Visit in the summer to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, zip lining and an alpine slide. Enjoy Music in the Mountains during July.
Use a convenient network of highways, bus routes and shuttle services to reach Purgatory. Fly to the Durango county airport or drive from the nearby cities of Denver or Albuquerque. Once you arrive, you’ll find valet parking so you can have peace of mind during your stay on the mountain. Make a reservation in one of the many hotels within the resort before arriving to avoid disappointment.