Tucked into the southwestern corner of Colorado, you’ll find the Durango Mountain Resort, which is home to one of the oldest ski resorts in Colorado…Purgatory!
Although the name is now officially Durango Mountain Resort, it is still Purgatory to many, many skiers.
To get to Durango, you can drive from several not-too-distant major cities, including Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.
If you prefer to arrive by air, you can fly directly into Durango Regional Airport from both Phoenix and Denver, with daily service into Durango. Often, you will be able to find great package deals that include airfare, lodging, lift tickets and other great amenities.
Purgatory originally opened in 1965 and now has 85 trails which are served by 10 lifts including one high-speed six person lift, one high-speed quad, four triples, three doubles and one magic carpet lift.
With a base elevation of 8,793 ft. (2,680 m.) and a summit elevation of 10,822 ft. (3,299 m.), the ski resort has a vertical drop of 2,029 ft. (618 m.) and 1,325 acres of skiable area. Annual snowfall is generally more than 21 feet!
Purgatory has a great mix of trails with 21% beginner, 46% intermediate and 33% advanced/expert.
This resort is a terrific place to go if your family includes different levels of skier ability.
The ski resort also has four terrain parks including Paradise Freestyle Arena, Pitchfork Terrain Garden, Divine Comedy and Angels’ Tread.
When you get hungry at the Durango Mountain Resort, you will find a great variety of choices, including:
- Purgy’s, which is the place to go for breakfast before heading out to the mountain. They open at 8am and offer many delicious options for a hot breakfast. For more information, click here.
- Creekside Italian Kitchen, which offers pizza, pasta, hot sandwiches, cold salads and kids meals, along with a full bar with a fine selection of local microbrews.
- Hoody’s Hangout which is perfect if you’d like to relax on an outdoor patio, order a drink, and watch all the activity in the village around you.
- PowderHouse, which is located on the mountain and will give you a great view of the Pitchfork Terrain Park while enjoying pizza, hot dogs, soup, salads and sandwiches.
- Dante’s Mountain Restaurant, which can be found on the spectacular Backside of Purgatory and specializes in scenic views and delicious food with a busy food court.
As for places to stay, both the nearby town of Durango and the Durango Mountain Resort offer hotels and condos with stunning views and terrific amenities. These include:
- Purgatory Village Condos and Hotel, which offers ski-in/ski-out accommodations and a restaurant, bar and coffee shop. Here you will be able to choose a hotel room or, if you’d like a one or two-bedroom condo, complete with kitchen. For more information, click here.
- Purgatory Lodge, which is a luxurious hotel located in Purgatory Village and offers ski-in/ski-out convenience. The Lodge offers condos with two to four bedrooms, along with spectacular views of the surrounding area.
- At the Lodge, you will also find Purgy’s Day Lodge, where you will find fantastic skier and guest services if you would just like to come for the day. For more information, click here.
All in all, Durango Mountain Resort is a friendly, accessible ski area with some of the best views and weather that you’ll find anywhere in the United States.