Go Play: Powderhorn Mountain Resort is open! | PostIndependent.com

Go Play: Powderhorn Mountain Resort is open!

Powderhorn Mountain Resort opened early last weekend — Saturday, Dec. 7.
Powerhorn Mountain Resort |


Season: Dec. 7, 2013 - March 31, 2014

Elevation: Base — 8,200 ft.; Summit — 9,850 ft.

Hours from GJ by car: About an hour

Info: http://www.powderhorn.com


Powderhorn season pass holders get deals at five other Colorado ski resorts: Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort and Sunlight, Eagle Point in Utah, Brian Head in Utah, and Ski & Ride Las Vegas. Blackout dates may apply. An adult season pass with regular season pricing is $529.

Daily tickets are affordable at Powderhorn, too!

Adult (18-64) $59

Youth (13-17) $51

Pre-Teen (7-12) $30

Child (6 & Under) $15

Senior (65-74) $51

75+ $32

SOURCE: Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Known for its aspen grove powder stashes and family appeal, Powderhorn Mountain Resort offers plenty of snow, scenic Grand Mesa views and an affordability larger ski resorts simply can’t offer.

At a base elevation of 8,200 feet, the resort also provides plenty of playtime space — 600 groomed acres, three terrain parks and five lifts. The average annual snowfall is 250 inches.

For the 2013-2014 ski and ride season, Powderhorn completed a number of upgrades, including improvements to the West End and Easy Ryder lifts. Plus, Powderhorn’s mountain crew removed all diseased aspen trees from the glades over the summer.

“The guys have done a really good job going through glades, and trimming back bad aspen trees to create a more enjoyable experience,” Powderhorn Spokeswoman Gabrielle Michna said. “There are now more glades there for people to find their own powder stashes.”

Sunset Grille, Powderhorn’s main stop for après food and drinks, has expanded seating for guests this season as well. And new this year, food and beverages will be available for purchase at Lift 2, on the west end of Powderhorn’s ski area.

“It’s for people who don’t want to go back to the base area for drinks and food,” Michna noted. “It’s ideal for people who are hunting powder.”

New to skiing or snowboarding? Check out the Ski and Ride Season Pass Program. It includes three ski or snowboard lessons, along with a free season pass for the 2013-2014 season when the lesson program is done.

Visit http://www.powderhorn.com for more information and a full calendar of events.

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