For the first time in resort history, Purgatory, CO will be open for skiing and snowboarding in May. Mountain officials announced that Purgatory Resort will continue to operate and the historic 2018-19 season will conclude after Saturday, May 4.
This winter season has been a banner year for the resort, picking up 359” – nearly 30 feet – of snow this winter, a feat accomplished only two other times since the Durango-area ski resort opened in 1965.
“We haven’t seen snow like this in over 40 years,” said Dave Rathbun, Purgatory’s general manager. “In March alone we received more than 100” of snowfall, which hasn’t happened here since 1979. Our guests and loyal pass holders will be talking about this season for years to come – and we’re thrilled to be able to share these great conditions in the month of May for the first time in our history.”
While the resort does not release skier visit data, Rathbun says the ski area is enjoying double-digit growth over last year.