Durango Mountain Resort

Skiing at Durango Mountain Resort
A skier catches some air on a jump at the Durango Mountain Resort. | Photo by Greg Thomas / flickr

Staff writer

The Durango Mountain Resort offers 1,360 acres of skiable terrain, and it’s popular with families because its lift tickets are cheaper than those at the larger resorts and 45 percent of its 88 runs are rated intermediate and another 20 percent rated beginner.

The ski area is located 27 miles north of Durango on U.S. 550 and is better known locally as Purgatory, its name when it was founded in 1965. The name was changed by new owners in 2000 to identify the ski resort more closely with Durango.

The elevation at the ski area’s base in Purgatory Village is 8,793 feet, while the summit is at 10,822 feet, giving the resort a vertical drop of 2,029 feet. Durango Mountain’s latest additions are the new, $50 million Purgatory Lodge and the Purgatory Plunge zipline.

The annual snowfall is 260 inches, a bit less than the average Colorado ski area, and Durango Mountain covers 250 acres with snowmaking equipment. The ski season runs from Thanksgiving until early April.

Durango Mountain has 10 lifts with a total capacity of 15,050 riders an hour. Three are secondary lifts taking riders from the lower Columbine area to Purgatory Village.

The ski area offers three terrain parks, the Paradise Freestyle Arena that runs along the lift line for the Needles lift, the Pitchfork Terrain Garden that is midway up the Engineer Lift, and the Divine Comedy that is low on the mountain and is known to locals as “DC.”

Durango Mountain Resort
1 Skier Place
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-9000