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Snowburners at Durango Mountain ResortSnowburners is designed for skiers and snowboarders of all levels from ages 4-12.  The program focuses on learning new skills while emphasizing safe skiing and riding.  Participants must be of age by January 1, 2014.  Space is limited and classes are filled first come, first serve.  Average class size is 6-8. Class times are 9:00 am -12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Program Cost:
Registration   (October 28th – December 16th)    $240
Late Registration (December 17 – January 3rd, space permitting)  $259

Saturday Snowburners Calendar:
January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 22, March 1*

Sunday Snowburners Calendar:
January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 2*

Thursday Snowburners Calendar (4 – 5 year olds only):
January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6*

*All programs meet 8 sessions over a 9 week period
(No classes President’s Day weekend on February 15th, 16th and 20th)

Getting Started

All parents/guardians of participants in the program must read, sign and submit a Release of Liability Form in order for their child to participate in the program.

Print the Release of Liability Form. Click Here.

Purgatory Ski and Ride School - Best in the SouthwestMeeting Places
• All Saturday and Sunday sessions (including 4-5 year olds) meet in Columbine area, which is located at the entrance to the resort.
• Thursday 4-5 year olds sessions meet at the base of chair lift #4, directly across from the exit of the main rental shop on the second floor of Village Center.
• Please arrive 30 minutes early on the first day.

Attendance and Tardiness
• If you are late for a session and the class has left the Columbine beginner area, we will be unable to locate your class.  Please do not call DMR if you will be late.
• It is very important that all beginners attend every session.
• If you are unable to attend a session, there will be no make-up session.

• Registration is fully refundable until December 23, 2013, after which 50% of the registration fee is refundable through January 3, 2014.  After January 3, 2014, registration is not refundable.
• There are no refunds or make-up days for missed sessions.

Items your child will need to bring
• Appropriate warm clothing: Hat, eye protection, only ONE pair of socks, snow pants, mittens or gloves.  Helmets are required.
• Ski passes are not included with the cost of registration. Please make sure your child has a ski pass or lift ticket on their person before dropping him/her off.  Please contact the Purgatory ticket office for pass prices 970.385.2149.  (Contact the Purgatory ticket office to learn more about the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade student pass specials.)
• Please apply sunscreen and take your child to the restroom before class.
• Fully functioning skiing or boarding equipment. Your child will have a much better experience if he/she has equipment that is the proper size.  If you need extra advice, help, or seasonal ski rentals, please call Purgatory Ski Rentals, 970.382.2182.
• All snowboarders must have a snowboard with metal edges, a P-tex base and a safety leash.  Please use snowboard boots rather than winter boots.


Purgatory 2014-2015 All-Season Pass Sale

All-Season Passes for Purgatory’s 2014-2015 winter season are available at the lowest rates of the year now through Saturday, April 26.  All-Season pass holders receive unlimited skiing and riding with no blackout dates at Purgatory and can ski free at other participating resorts.  In addition, All-Season pass holders enjoy free summer activities at Durango Mountain Resort before the ski season even begins, as well as savings provided by Durango-area partners throughout the year just by showing your pass.  Visit for more details.


Ride a Train from 1880!

This March, ride the steam train 26 miles each way on the 5-hour round trip train ride to the Cascade Canyon. This trip takes you through the San Juan National Forest and along the Animas River in the comfort of heated coaches. This wilderness destination is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities, or a walk along the Animas River.

For a shorter day and boarding closer to Durango Mountain Resort, start your trip at Rockwood, just 10 miles south of DMR! This boarding option makes the total roundtrip time just about four hours and you still experience the most memorable and scenic parts of the ride.

To book online, go to and click the Book Now button. If you wish to board at Rockwood or would just like to speak with someone about the trip, please call 888-872-4607 or 970-247-2733.