Located in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado, Purgatory Mountain Resort is a super friendly south western ski resort,
ideal for families and skiers that want to kick back on Colorado ski vacation.
Skiing on Purgatory Mountain sprawls across 1,360 acres with ten lifts
flanking the Front and Back sides, wrapping East to West with 88 trails, 5
terrain parks, plus a few steeps and heart pumping glade trails. Purgaotry Mountain Resort offers a convenient, well planned ski base
and a small pedestrian village with The Purgatory Lodge as its centerpiece - the
place to stay during your Durango Colorado ski vacation.
The Purgatory Lodge, opened in 2008 (part of a $50 million improvement), is the
closest to the lift as you can be. This full service hotel offers suite lodging
with large condo style units steps from slopes all styled in rich Rocky Mountain
Purgatory Lodge features ski lockers just a few steps from the Purgatory Express
six passenger lift - so its easy to get first and last tracks. Purgatory
Lodge units range from spacious two-bedrooms to four-bedrooms - all with
beautiful views of the surrounding Needles Mountain Range or Purgatory Village
and the ski slopes. Units have full kitchens, granite countertops, stainless
steel appliances, gas fireplaces, comfortable living rooms with flat screen
TV’s, private balconies, WiFi and a washer/dryer. The bedrooms are spacious with
their own TV and big tiled bathrooms with Jacuzzi tub and walk in shower.
What's really nice about staying at The Purgatory Lodge, beside being slopeside,
is that you are treated to Durango Mountain Club Membership, which means
concierge services, ski valet, access to the outdoor heated Jacuzzi tub and
swimming pool with views of the slopes, and the Club's private game room for the
kids next to the private Mountain Club Room which serves complimentary
Continental breakfast. In the afternoon, enjoy après ski drinks and a dinner
menu in this lovely Club Lounge setting. Everything is easy at the Purgatory Lodge, from the
heated parking garage to the ski lockers to drinks at the outdoor spa tub. The
Trimble Spa offers therapeutic massage and body treatments downstairs in The
Staying at The Purgatory Lodge you can enjoy the Skier Village Plaza offerings
from Purgy’s Restaurant and Bar to the Bear Bar at Purgatory Beach (fun to hang
out at the base plaza on a sunny Colorado ski day), to a small collection of
shops and restaurants. You are also super conveniently close to ski
school, kids camp and day care, plus horse drawn sleigh rides that leave from
For off the slopes fun, Durango offers Hot Springs, Cascade Canyon Ice Climbing
even for kids and first timers, dog sledding, sleigh rides, 18 km of Nordic ski
trails, night skiing at Ski Hesperus in town, four Durango local breweries, and
scenic train rides on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway.
Downtown Durango is a must visit some afternoon or evening (a half hour drive).
This lively western cowboy and miners’ town is home to over 100 restaurants, and
enough modern shops, boutiques, and art galleries to keep a non-skier happily
browsing along Main Avenue. Ken and Sue’s is a fantastic Durango restaurant – great
local cuisine creatively prepared and a bargain versus most ski resort
Durango is not only one of the friendliest ski resorts we have encounters, but
Even Trip Advisor named Durango Mountain Resort as the best value
ski resort. Durango Mountain Resort often offers great ski and stay packages at Purgatory
Lodge, as low as $99 with your lift ticket – the best value and the place to be
for first and last chair without the drive.
Durango on Purgatory Mountain has been through ownership and name changes
(Purgatory to Durango and back) since opening in 1965, now owned by local
James Coleman who has merged this mountain with Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski
Resort and Pajarito Mountain Ski Area of New Mexico to create the largest
Southwest ski conglomerate. Staying at Durango Mountain Resort
is a great value, much less expensive than nearby resort of
Vail Resort for example, with a great vibe.
Durango Ski Lunch Tip: Ski to Dante's
at the Backside Bistro for the best views of The Needles and Engineer Peak, table service, and a great
Colorado tapas style menu.