Local's Programs

New This Season!

Purgatory Ski & Ride School introduces the Burton Riglet Park for young snowboarders! Children ages 3-7 who are enrolled in our Snowburners program will learn to ride miniature park features by using Burton’s innovative Learn-to-Ride Technology. Our Riglet Park emphasizes safety and learning in a fun, playground-like setting.  Young snowboarders learn to balance while riding over mellow rollers and small features. Check out the video!

Introducing Snowburner classes for 3 year olds!  These classes are either in the morning or afternoon on Thursdays.  Young skiers will learn utilizing the Magic Carpet and snowboarders will begin in our new Riglet Park.

New for Teens!  We’ve introduced a morning beginning ski or snowboarding 8 session program called Free@Last.  This program is for beginning and green level students ages 13-17.  We’ve also extended the upper age limit for our All Terrain Pioneer program.  Advanced students can now stay in this program until age 17.





Snowburners at Durango Mountain ResortSnowburners is an 8 session program designed for skiers and snowboarders of all levels from ages 3-12.  The program focuses on learning new skills while emphasizing safe skiing and riding.  Morning and afternoon classes are available for ages 4-12 on Saturday and Sunday. We also offer Thursday morning and afternoon classes for our 3-5 year olds.  Morning sessions meet 9:00 am - 12:00 noon.  Afternoon classes meet 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  Participants must be of age by January 1, 2015.  Space is limited and classes are filled first come, first serve.

Registration Fee    $280 (registration ends December 15th)






All Terrain Pioneers

This is an 8 week advanced program for skiers and snowboarders ages 7-17.  It is designed for strong intermediate skiers and riders.  This means participants can easily link turns with speed control on blue runs.  They will experience all aspects of advanced skiing and riding including bumps, tree skiing, racing, terrain park, and the half pipe.  Full day classes meet once per week for 8 weeks.  Space is limited and classes are filled first come, first serve.

Registration Fee    $380 (registration ends December 15th)





Men's & Women's Clinics at Durango Mountain ResortFree@Last


New this season… Free@Last!  Leave the parents behind and make new friends. This is an 8 session program for teens ages 13-17.  It is designed for beginners and those who already alpine ski, snowboard or telemark ski on green level terrain.  Spend 3 hours every Saturday learning new skills, exploring the mountain and having fun!   Average class size is 6-8.  Classes meet from 9:00 to noon. Space is limited and classes are filled first come, first serve.

Registration Fee
    $280 (registration ends December 15th)

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Men's & Women's Clinics

Meet new ski buddies while improving your skills in a group of men or Clinics at Durango Mountain Resort - Purgatorywomen of similar skill level. The Men’s and Women’s Program is a 2 ½ hour alpine ski, snowboard or telemark clinic that runs every Wednesday for eight weeks with the same group of students.  These clinics are designed for individuals who have previous experience skiing or snowboarding.  The program includes lessons, video analysis, ski demo opportunities and a wine and cheese event.  Although we make every effort to keep the same instructor with their group for each session, we cannot guarantee it.

Class is on Wednesdays:
- January 7, 14, 21, 28
- February 4, 11, 18, 25

All participants must sign a Release of Liability on the first day in order to participate in the program.  These forms will be available at the check-in desk.

Lift Tickets and equipment are not included. Please contact the Purgatory Ticket Office (970-385-2168) for information about season pass prices.

A minimum of 4 participants enrolled in the same discipline (i.e. Ski, snowboard, telemark) required to form a class.  Groups are formed based on ability levels and similar goals.

Meeting Place
On the first day (January 7th), please join us in the Durango Mountain Club for check-in and a breakfast beginning at 8:30 am.  After breakfast, all groups will meet on the snow at 9:30 by the base of Lift 1.

New for this Season
Refer a friend who hasn’t enrolled in the program for the last 2 seasons and receive a punch card for 3 glasses of beer or wine at any of our food & beverage outlets.  Please call 970-385-2149 and mention your referral prior to the start of the program.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact
Ski & Ride School at 970-385-2149

                  online registration will be available soon.


Getting Started

Ski & Ride School LogoAll participants in the program must read, sign and submit a Release of Liability Form in order to participate in the program.  Please bring form with you to the first session.

We'll make sure you get comfortable with your abilities...and mostly, having fun with family and friends and enjoying the great outdoors at Purgatory!

Learn to ski and snowboard from the "Best in the Southwest."  Purgatory is an official Rossignol Experience Center & Burton Method Center featuring specialized equipment and teaching programs designed to make learning fun and easy. Our top pros offer tips and full instruction to help first time beginners to all mountain experts quickly become better, stronger, and more confident. Private and group lessons are available for Children Click Here for more info on Burton Learn to Ride at Durango Mountain Resort!ages 4-12 and Adults 13 and up.

Click Here for more info about the Rossignol Experience Center at Durango Mountain Resort


Join us Friday, November 28th as we kick off the ski season at Purgatory!  We'll be open weekends only until conditions permit daily operations.  Call the Ticket Office at 970-385-2168 for more details on operations and early season discounted lift tickets.

Save 20% on Early Season Stay & Ski Specials!

Join us as we kick off the ski season at Purgatory! Save 20% on lodging and enjoy early season discounted lift tickets.* Book online or call 800-525-0892 and make your reservations today!

Rocky Mountain Getaway at Durango Mountain Resort*Resort opens Friday, Nov. 28. Call 970-385-2168 for operation dates and early season ticket pricing. Some restrictions may apply. Valid through Dec. 11, 2014.
Are you ready for another awesome Winter Season at PURGATORY!?!

Get your lift tickets, rentals, lessons and lodging online now and save, just a click away!

Opening Day is Friday, Nov. 28.  Please call our Ticket Office for details on operations and early season lift ticket pricing. 970-385-2168

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Winter at Purgatory!

With such an incredible summer behind us, now we're all kicking into high gear to get the mountain ready for Mother Nature. We will be opening for the 2014/2015 winter season the day after Thanksgiving. Until then, you can still come up to the resort to enjoy the changing seasons, as we still have lodging available and the Village Market & Deli and Real Estate Showroom will also be open. Call 800.525.0892 to make your reservations.

See you soon & THINK (lots of) SNOW!