Powderhorn cuts back summer events

Three years after launching new recreational and entertainment activities in the hopes of drawing more off-season visitors, Powderhorn Ski Resort is scaling back its summer events schedule and instead focusing on adding winter offerings.

The resort still will be open for weddings, family reunions and other private events, and the third-annual Flat Top Festival has been moved from August to the weekend before Color Sunday. Powderhorn will support Ride the Rockies next month. But other events and activities have been canceled.

A disc golf course created just a couple of years ago will be closed, and a series of mountain bike and hiking trails resort staff created around the same time will not be maintained. Events held in previous years, such as wine dinners, an archery shoot and a live music series, have been taken off the calendar.

Wildewood Restaurant and Alpine Trader, a retail shop, will be dark most of the summer.

“Things are a little bit different,” Powderhorn spokeswoman Sarah Allen said. “We’re kind of shifting our focus and pouring most of our effort into our winter operations.”

Allen said the resort decided to change directions this past winter at the behest of owner Steve Bailey.

Powderhorn will now embark on a three-year push to expand its winter business. She said employees are forming group and event coordinating teams and will meet with Grand Valley businesses, schools and community groups to market not just skiing and snowboarding on the slopes, but the snowshoe and cross-country trails that are available.

“It’s a great place to learn,” Allen said of the resort. “We have a wide variety of things to offer families.”

She said resort officials also are engaging in preliminary discussions about establishing a tubing hill and an ice skating rink. Officials are exploring areas on the mountain where those amenities could be added.

“That’s still a ways down the road,” she said.


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