First-time, first-year students carrying at least 12-credit hours for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters receive ski passes from Mountain Capital Partners as part of their admission package. Students considered full-time after each semester’s Census Date will be eligible for a ski pass and a unique opportunity to connect with the Durango community.
The passes are good at Purgatory Resort, 25 miles north of Durango, and Hesperus Ski Area, just 11 miles west of Durango. Winter operations typically begin for Purgatory in mid-November and by late December for Hesperus. Purgatory is known for its steep tree skiing and stunning views of the San Juan Mountains, and Hesperus Ski Area is a student’s ultimate access to powder turns after class, as it is the largest night-skiing operation in the Southwest.