Pay to Stay, Ski for FREE

Durango Ski Free

Skiing-slash-snowboarding is the best. But let’s face it: Shredding can be an investment. Not that it’s not worth it — it is — but any time you can save some money and get on the slopes, well, DO THAT.

That’s where we come in! The Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Durango is offering a sweet ski deal, brah: “Pay to Stay, Ski for Free.”

If you book a room with us for $95 or more, you get a free adult lift ticket to Purgatory Resort (the artist formerly known as Durango Mountain Resort). You’ll receive one free adult pass for every night booked. We partnered with Purgatory to offer this deal, which is good for the remainder of the season, so don’t miss out!

Purgatory is nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains and delivers some of the best skiing in Southwest Colorado — nope, scratch that — in the entire state. Stay up to date on snow accumulations and trail openings by checking Purgatory’s snow report.

We’re a short drive to Purgatory and because we’re located on Main Avenue (aka US Highway 550), getting there is as simple as turning north out of our parking lot, staying on the road for 30 minutes (26.1 miles exactly) then turning into Purgatory. Easy.

We’re also among the top-rated Durango hotels, so you get a great night of sleep in one of our updated rooms and a free day of skiing at Purgatory. Get on this deal and get on the slopes before spring arrives!

Our “Pay to Stay, Ski for Free” package is based on availability, so book your room ASAP to take advantage of this screaming deal. Guests must book directly at, or by calling us at (970) 247-4242. Blackout dates are Feb. 17, Feb. 18 and March 10-16.

Top Winter Activities in Durango, CO

Top things to do during the winter in Durango, Colorado:

  1. Purgatory Ski Resort

Purgatory offers a variety of ski and snowboarding activities. With beautiful runs, multiple restaurants, and less than 30 minutes from town you can’t go wrong.

Call the Econo Lodge in Durango to learn how you can

Ski Purgatory, & Stay Free– (970)247-4242.

  1. Polar Express

Take you and your little ones on a memorable ride to the North Pole on Durango’s very own Polar Express. Spend a magical evening in your PJ’s, drinking hot coca, and listening to stories on board the Durango Polar Express train. Visit the North Pole, and even meet Santa himself, all included with your ticket. Make things even easier by booking your train and hotel all at once! Click here for train and hotel package.

  1. Snowdown

Durango’s very own 5-day winter festival takes place the end of every January. With over 100 events, and days of festivities, this is one of the largest winter event in Colorado, and trust me, you won’t want to miss it. Check out more info on this years theme and schedule before you arrive (you wouldn’t want to show up under-dressed).

  1. Durango Train to Cascade Canyon

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gage railroad continues to travel 26 miles along the Animas River during the winter season. This ride offers breathtaking mountain views and river scenery, so be sure you pack your camera. Also, don’t forget the special event trains like: the New Year’s brunch train, Christmas Tree train, and Snowmobile packages with your train ride!

  1. SnowCats & Snowmobiling

There are many ways to experience a true snow adventure with breathtaking winter landscapes. The two best experiences that tie of these these both together would be snowmobiling, and snowcat adventures. Durango and the surrounding areas offer BOTH of these  winter adventures, now you just have to decide to do just one, or both.

Experience a unique ride in a snowcat with breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains. Purgatory offers multiple different snowcat adventures including: Dinner tours, snowcat and skiing and scenic tours.

Want to feel the wind in your face, while exploring the back country? Snowmobiling may be the perfect adventure, and the best part is that Durango offers multiple snowmobiling options. Here are a few of the most recommended snowmobiling adventures:

  1. Snowshoeing

Explore the beautiful San Juan mountain trails in the snow this winter. Durango offers many self-guided trails for snowshowing. Not an experienced at snowshoeing? No problem! Purgatory Resort offers guided tours and rentals all in one package!

  1. Sleigh Rides

Enjoy the brisk mountain air, and the jingle of the horses bell on a customized sleigh ride through a winter wonderland. With this adventure you can take a romantic ride, visit Santa, enjoy the beautiful Needles mountain range, and more. Pick the ride that most suites you and your party with either the Rapp Corral or Buck Livery sleigh rides.

  1. Dog Sledding

Head over to Durango Dog Ranch for a trip of a lifetime dog sledding through the San Juan Mountains. This family friendly activity is available for whole day and half day trips. Book your adventure at:

Don’t forget to book your room for your next Durango adventure. Click here for rates and availability at the Award Winning Econo Lodge Inn & Suites.