Purgatory Ski Resort

Purgatory Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Colorado in USA. The resort is in the town of Durango, CO. We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Purgatory stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Purgatory is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Purgatory Ski Resort.

Purgatory Lodging:

Purgatory Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Purgatory has a total of 85 ski trails, which are serviced by 10 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 1,200 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 486 hectares, 2 square miles, or 5 square kilometers.

Purgatory's slopes see on average 260 inches (102 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 21 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
1,200(5 km2)
Annual Snowfall
260"(102 cm)

Purgatory Ski Resort Elevation

Purgatory Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 10,822 feet, or 3,298 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 8,739 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,083 feet (635 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 10,822 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
10,822'(3,298 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,083'(635 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
8,739'(2,664 m)

Purgatory Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
50.9out of 100
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Purgatory can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 77% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Purgatory has 1,200 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Purgatory is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 23% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 77%.
23%(276 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
51%(612 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
26%(312 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Purgatory Ski Resort good for beginners?

Purgatory can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 77% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Purgatory Ski Resort Location

Purgatory Ski Resort is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Durango, CO.

Durango, CO 80424 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
37.46596, -107.98150

Getting to Purgatory Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Purgatory Ski Resort), its coordinates of 37.46596, -107.98150 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Durango, CO to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Purgatory.

San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman FieldALSAlamosa, CO116 mi
Grand Junction Regional AirportGJTGrand Junction, CO118 mi
Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy FieldASEAspen, CO135 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Purgatory Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Purgatory Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
SilvertonSilverton, CO13,847 ft100%30 mi
TellurideTelluride, CO13,320 ft89%34 mi
Wolf CreekPagosa Springs, CO11,904 ft50%65 mi
PowderhornPowderhorn, CO9,850 ft58%74 mi

Purgatory Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation10,822 ft
Base Elevation8,739 ft
Vertical Drop2,083 ft
(23% Beginner,  51% Intermediate,  26% Expert)
Skiable Acres1,200
Avg. Annual Snowfall260 inches
Purgatory Ski Resort Mountain Stats