Purgatory Kicks Off Ski Season Saturday Nov. 17

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DURANGO, Colo.  Purgatory Resort opens for ski season Saturday, Nov. 17 with top to bottom skiing and snowboarding on the frontside of the mountain.  
Lifts 1 and 2 will begin daily operations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 17 with access to the trails Westfork, El Diablo, Upper & Lower Demon, and the Bank, which also will offer several terrain park features.  
“We’re very excited to start the ski season at Purgatory Resort with top to bottom skiing on the six-pack this Saturday,” stated James Coleman, managing partner of Purgatory Resort. “Mother Nature has given us nearly two feet of snow already, plus prime temperatures to make plenty of snow for opening day. This is a fantastic start to a great ski season.”
Lift tickets are available at the Ticket Window:  
  • $59 adults (ages 18-64)
  • $46 teens (ages 13-17)
  • $39 kids (ages 11 & 12)
  • $49 seniors (ages 65-79)
  • Kids 10 and under FREE
  • 80 and older FREE
Pre-purchased, discounted lift tickets are available online at PurgatoryResort.com.
“Our snowmakers have done a phenomenal job in getting the mountain ready for opening day,” stated Sam Williams, senior mountain operations director at Purgatory Resort. “Thanks to their hard work and Mother Nature giving us great snowmaking temperatures, our crews have been extremely productive, and we’re working to get additional terrain open as quickly as possible.”
Traditional first chair festivities will be held on the ski beach at Lift 1, Purgatory Village Express, at 9am to kick off the ski season. Take a ski break and head over to the deck at the Powderhouse, Purgatory’s on-mountain bar and restaurant, which features its outdoor grill and full-service bar. Or re-fuel in the base area at Purgy’s Slopeside Restaurant, the Bear Bar, or the Village Market & Deli. Enjoy après ski on opening day at the Bear Bar with samples of Colorado Native Amber Lager, plus free giveaways by Coors, including a pair of skis.   
The Purgatory Ski & Snowboard School will offer lessons for beginners and intermediate skiers and riders.  Stop in at Purgatory Rentals and Expert Edge for all ski and snowboard gear needs. Get a jump on holiday shopping at Purgatory Sports, Alpine Chic, and Burton which will be open daily.  
For Thanksgiving, enjoy a little skiing along with a special gourmet dinner buffet at Purgy’s, Nov. 22. For a menu and pricing, visit PurgatoryResort.com.
FREE Power Kids Pass!  All kids who are ages 10 and younger receive a FREE season pass simply by registering online, picking one up at the on mountain Ticket Office, or stopping by Purgatory Sports at 2615 Main Avenue. No purchase is required for the free Power Kids pass which provides direct-to-lift access with no blackout dates to Purgatory, Hesperus Ski Area, Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Sipapu Ski Resort near Taos, NM, and Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos, NM. The pass is valued at $399. For more information visit PurgatoryResort.com.
New Thrills this Winter!
The new Inferno Mountain Coaster will open this winter for the first time. The Inferno is 4,000 feet long with a 300 vertical drop. The ride includes nine switchbacks and one 360 degree loop. Individual carts can go as fast as 25 miles per hour and the track rises up to as high as 40 feet in the air in some areas.
The new coaster will be open on weekends, plus holidays throughout the winter season, including Thanksgiving week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 17 through Nov. 25. Rides are $20 per person.
The mountain coaster’s name is inspired from Purgatory’s historic theme which was originally derived from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Many ski trail names at the resort also follow this theme, including Styx, Pandemonium, Hades, Pitchfork, El Diablo, Limbo and more.  
New Trails! Purgatory is opening two new gladed tree skiing trails on the front side of the mountain. Mark’s Park is an intermediate trail with natural terrain park features, and the other trail is a beginner gladed tree skiing trail near Lift 2. With these two additions, Purgatory’s trails now total 101.
New Places to Shop!  Purgatory is opening two new retail shops in the Village Plaza. “Branded” will feature logoed apparel and gift items, and there will be a new snowboard gear and apparel shop.
Something New for the Taste Buds! Purgatory is adding the Waffle Cabin to the Columbine area. The Waffle Cabin specializes in hot and fresh “original” made-to-order Belgian sugar waffles and warm chocolate-drizzled Belgium waffles, plus hot cocoa, soft drinks and more.
Purgatory Resort is part of the Southwest’s largest ski area collective, owned and managed by Mountain Capital Partners, along with other ski resorts, including Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Hesperus Ski Area, and Nordic Valley Ski Resort, plus Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures.  Mountain Capital Partners has invested a grand total of $40 million in capital improvements over four consecutive seasons.
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