Photo Credit: Scot DW Smith, Purgatory Resort
For the first time in resort history, Purgatory will be open for skiing and snowboarding in May. Mountain officials announced this morning that Purgatory Resort will continue to operate for two more Saturdays, and the historic 2018-19 season will conclude after Saturday, May 4.
Purgatory Village Express (Lift 1) will be turning from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturdays and officials say they’ll have nearly half of the mountain open tomorrow, including five terrain parks. The resort’s mid-mountain base depth is currently 55”. Discounted lift tickets will be available at the window: $49 for adults (18-64), $37 for teens (13-17), $32 for kids (ages 11-12) and $39 for seniors (ages 65-79 - guests ages 80 and older ski free). Kids 10 and younger receive a FREE Power Kids season pass that’s valid everyday this season and the 2019/2020 winter, too.
Saturday, May 4 will be Purgatory’s final day of operations for the 2018-2019 season.
This winter season has been a banner year for the resort: Purgatory picked up 359” - nearly 30 feet - of snow this winter, a feat accomplished only two other times since the Durango-area ski resort opened in 1965.
“We haven’t seen snow like this in over 40 years,” said Dave Rathbun, Purgatory’s general manager. “In March alone we received more than 100” of snowfall, which hasn’t happened here since 1979. Our guests and loyal pass holders will be talking about this season for years to come - and we’re thrilled to be able to share these great conditions in the month of May for the first time in our history.”