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Purgatory Ski Resort

Purgatory Ski Resort

Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

54

Rank in
Region

32

Rank in
State

16

Best time for snow at
Purgatory Ski Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Purgatory Ski Resort

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Monday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Tuesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Wednesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Thursday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Friday
Day
0"
Night
0"
True Snow: 268" per year
Snow Quality Rank

47

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

87

Purgatory Ski Resort is ranked No. 87 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

10.5%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

7.0%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

31.0%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

87

Purgatory Ski Resort is ranked No. 87 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

47

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

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Core Strengths of Purgatory Ski Resort

Core Strengths
Travel Ease
rank
35
score
83.1
Snow Quality
rank
47
score
66.2
Overall
rank
54
score
69.5

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

2029 ft

10822 ft
Base Elevation: 8793 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Purgatory Ski Resort

Purgatory's snow record is below average in Colorado. 10.4% of winter days with 6 inches or more of snow is middle of the pack for western destinations, while 7% of months with 90 inches or more and 31% of months with 30 inches or less are worse than average. Snow density as in most of Colorado is as light as it gets. Fortunately competition for powder at Purgatory is less intense than most places due to its remote location.

Accumulation and Preservation

Purgatory averages 80+% open at Christmas due to moderate terrain not needing as much coverage as many places. Purgatory's snow preservation is excellent. It’s over half north facing and ski elevation is 8,800 – 10,800 feet. Surfaces are mostly packed powder to late March, and into April on some of the higher slopes.