Known as a top family-friendly resort, Purgatory Resort features incredible skiing and snowboarding for all abilities with 91 trails, 10 lifts, rarely any lift lines and slopes that aren’t crowded. There’s something for every member of the family with a variety of winter adventures, including tubing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, horse-drawn sleigh rides and more. Enjoy convenient slopeside lodging, restaurants, shops and other great amenities.
Best Gear for Keeping Families Warm. There are plenty of places to cut corners and save money on Colorado’s ski slopes but having quality gear is not among them. Our must-haves include these Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Top and Bottoms, Hestra Classic 3-Finger Snow Glove (also available in junior sizes), Minus33 Merino Wool Balaclava, and Obermeyer’s I-Grow Ski Jackets and Pants which provide a simple way to lengthen the sleeves and cuffs of your child’s jackets and pants (our quickly-growing kids could wear them 2-3 seasons!) Columbia has a similar line of expandable winter jackets for kids. Nothing kills a good ski day like having a whining, cold child so be sure to have a bulk supply of hand warmers available (and you can even find rechargeable hand warmers that are like a portable pocket heater).
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Purgatory Resort – Colorado Family Ski Vacation
Season dates and hours
November 21, 2021 – April 2022 TBD (season may be extended to weekends in April, weather permitting)
What family-friendly amenities does your resort offer?
Purgatory Resort in southwestern Colorado not only features incredible skiing and snowboarding and many other fun activities for all ages. Enjoy tubing, dog sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, and more. The Bear’s Den is the resort’s licensed daycare facility for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years old with age-appropriate activities, and also offers a fun activities for kids 8 weeks to 10 years old when mom and dad want a date night (on select evenings throughout the season). Purgatory’s Snowsports School offers ski and snowboard lessons for kids ages 4 years and older. Lodging amenities include an outdoor heated pool with slide and hot tub, fitness center, spa, game rooms and more. Many units feature multiple bedrooms, living rooms and full kitchens. With a variety of restaurants in the base area, with many featuring kids’ menus, there’s something for everyone.
Adult lift ticket prices?
Child lift ticket prices and at what age kids ski free?
Teen (13-17) $75; Children 12 & under FREE
Is there on-site childcare and if so, what is the starting cost?
Located slopeside in the base Village area, The Den is a licensed facility providing a safe, interactive and engaging environment for children 8 weeks to 5 years old with age-appropriate activities. Lunch and snacks are provided for children who are eating table food. On select nights throughout the season, The Den offers a “Kids Night Out” for children 8 weeks to 10 years old with fun activities and a kid-friendly dinner so parents can enjoy “date night.” See website for any COVID restrictions and cancelations.
What is the starting cost of ski/ride school? Ages?
Purgatory’s Snowsports School offers a playful learning experience for kids ages 4 to 12. Child specialist instructors are certified and trained to teach kids and help improve a child’s confidence and skills while exploring kid-friendly areas. A variety of program offerings are available, check out purgatoryski.com. Half-day starts at $99; full-day $199.
Where can families go for deals on lift tickets/lodging or special promotions?
Purgatory Resort’s website features deals on lodging packages that include discounts on lift tickets. Sign up for Purgatory’s eNewsletter that delivers exclusive offers on lift tickets and lodging deals not found anywhere else. www.PurgatoryResort.com
What area (off-mountain) activities would appeal to families for their winter vacation?
The Durango area is steeped in rich history, endless outdoor recreational opportunities and just about everything else you might want to do. Explore the area, and find fun and new adventures at every turn, including a vibrant and friendly mountain town with a variety of unique restaurants, shops, interactive kid-friendly museums, an indoor ice rink and more. Visitors to the area can take a ride back in time on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, or experience World Heritage Center Mesa Verde National Park and Chimney Rock National Monument. The area offers endless activities for loved ones to spend quality time together.
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