Purgatory is back! Southern Colorado rejoices.


At long last, Durango Mountain Resort can officially be called by it’s God given name: Purgatory.

“I’ve always known this mountain as Purgatory”

- James Coleman, Purgatory Owner

Purgatory's logo is making a comeback.

Purgatory’s logo is making a comeback.

Sealing the deal on Wednesday, investor and skier James Coleman has officially purchased Durango Mountain Resort Purgatory from Chuck Cobb, owner since 2000. Purgatory, coming up on it’s 50th year anniversary, is nestled in the San Juan mountain and is often considered the local mountain for Durango residents.

The long time owner of Sipapu in New Mexico, this is part of a string of recent moves Coleman has made. Coleman is in the process of aquiring Pajarito in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona. With official ownership of Purgatory, that will makes 4 mountains in Coleman’s resort portfolio.

“Like many of the locals and our long-time guests, I’ve always known this mountain as Purgatory, and with next winter being our 50th anniversary, we believe it’s appropriate to officially change the resort’s name back to Purgatory,” Coleman said in a statement.

In addition to the name change, Coleman plans to add new terrain, upgrade the lifts, revert to it’s ‘retro’ logo, and include Purgatory in his brain child: the New Mexico Power Pass. The pass will include unrestricted access to Sipapu and Pajarito, plus free skiing at more than 25 partner mountains in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and others nationwide.

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Marc is the founder of The Crux Collective. In addition to playing in the mountains, he loves media creation. His vision for Crux Collective is to bring a fresh, modern approach to our outdoor world. Marc is based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Twitter: @brewingdigital

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