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Purgatory Resort opens for winter season

A cold snap allows Purgatory Resort to begin snowmaking operations on Oct. 29. Roughly three weeks later, the mountain opened for the season on Saturday with an 18-inch base on its two open trails. (Courtesy of Purgatory Resort)

Purgatory Resort in Durango marked the beginning of the 2023-24 winter season on Saturday, welcoming skiers and snowboarders who arrived for first chair with a complimentary pancake breakfast.

This winter Purgatory is scheduled to be open daily until April 14, 2024, then on weekends, Friday through Sunday, until April 28, 2024.

“We can’t wait to kick off another incredible winter season at Purgatory,” said Dave Rathbun, General Manager of Purgatory Resort. “Our mountain operations team has been working around the clock to deliver a great early-season experience, and we are excited to welcome everyone back to the slopes on Saturday.”

Early-season conditions exist and the current terrain is suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders only, with no beginner terrain available. Purgatory Resort plans to open more terrain and lifts as soon as conditions permit.

Guests will upload Purgatory Express Lift 1 and lap Engineer Lift 2 on the Westfork and El Diablo trails.

Due to early season conditions, skiers and riders will download from the top of Lift 1 when they finish skiing or riding to return to the base area.

A mini-version of the popular Headwaters Terrain Park debuted Saturday with three tube and two box features.

The open terrain has an average 18-inch base depth.

Purgatory reminds skiers and riders that safety is a top priority when early season conditions exist. Stay on open trails, keep speed in check and maintain a safe distance from others on the mountain.

For the most up-to-date information regarding open lifts, trails, and snowfall totals, visit Purgatory’s snow report.

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