Is Purgatory snowsure?

The snowiest week in Purgatory is week 4 of February. There are typically 4.0 snowy days during this week with 31cm of snowfall. Check out the Purgatory Snow History graphs below.Select any week of the year to see the typical Ski Conditions, Snowfall Amount and Temperature based on nowcast weather data over the last 11 years.

Average monthly snow in Purgatory

MonthSnow amount (week)Snow days (week)
December19cm2.6 days
January20cm2.5 days
February24cm3.3 days
March15cm2.6 days
April12cm2.2 days

Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Purgatory during October (week 3):

The average snowfall forecast during week 3 of October for Purgatory is 0 cm. There are typically 0.2 snowy days during this week. Purgatory prevailing weather and snow conditions during the third week of October at the middle elevation of the ski area at 2989m, based on historical averages over the last 10 years: At this time of year the usual freezing level (3928m) is far above the mid altitude of Purgatory. Snow falls on just one day every 5 years in Purgatory in the middle of October but on average there is one wet day this week every year. In the years when snow falls at this time of year, forecast model average snowfall for the week is 0cm. Temperatures generally above freezing both day and night in Purgatory during week three of October with average maximum temperature 6.6°C and minimum temperature 3.7°C at the mid altitude. Mostly sunny. On average, only two days each week are overcast and the other five days have some sunshine. Generally light winds (average 10km/h).

Snow History: Compare Resorts

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Snow Depths

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Purgatory and (2007 – 2018).



Lower Slopes
Upper Slopes
Fresh Snow

Average Snow Conditions in

Best ski days per week in Purgatory and (2007 – 2018)


Bluebird Powder Day
(Fresh snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Powder Day
(Fresh snow, limited sun, any wind)
Bluebird Day
(Average snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Very windy days

The most cherished days on the mountain in Purgatory are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall. Poorer weather conditions may prevail on Powder days when the visibility can be limited but the snow is significantly deep and fresh for keen powder-hounds. Bluebird days can suit many skiers that aren’t necessarily hunting powder but want to enjoy the snowy mountains in sunnier conditions and light winds.

Average Snowfall in

Graph showing the average precipitation (snow/rain) in Purgatory and (2007 – 2018)


Snowfall amount
(bar chart)
Days with significant snowfall.
Days with significant rainfall.

The snowiest weeks of the year in Purgatory are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks. The risk of a rainy day is shown but be sure to switch between elevations to see if lower lifts are rain affected or higher lifts remain snowy despite any rain further down the mountain.

Average Temperature in

Graph showing the average temperature and freezing level at Purgatory and (2007 – 2018)


Average temperature
Above freezing
Below freezing
Freezing level
Dashed line

The highest and lowest temperatures averaged for each week of the year in Purgatory are shown. Check out the risk of freze-thaw conditions prevailing at different elevations for any given week. We also show the extremes of temperature (blue/red dots) that reveal the chance of unusually warm or cold conditions.