Powderhorn gets 39 inches of snow over weekend

Does the thought of 39 inches of fresh powder on Powderhorn Ski Resort make you feel faint? Do you feel a fever coming on? Ski fever perhaps?

The season’s biggest weekend snowfall undoubtedly had many locals calling in sick to work, school and life as the resort racked up 700 to 800 visitors Monday. The first day of the work week is usually the slowest of the week for skier numbers, Powderhorn Ski Resort spokeswoman Sarah Allen said.

“With that much snow, I definitely would be skipping work,” she said. “It was originally forecasted that we would get five to 10 inches, and we got 39 inches. People were watching the snow saying, ‘Oh my gosh, it hasn’t stopped.’ “

Fresh powder thrilled skiers, which was evident by the whoops, hollers and squeals of excitement heard across the mountain in the past few days, Allen said.

Those with the resort’s plus passes are one lucky bunch. For $50, the resort offered discounts on ski passes and a free week of skiing this week. Another deal available March 1-7 offers four lift tickets for $139, redeemable through the season’s end, March 28. The tickets are transferable, and there are no blackout dates within those times. Those with season passes at other mountains around the state can ski for free at Powderhorn by staying a night at the Inn at Wildwood. One-night stays start at $119.

Pump 10 gallons of fuel into your vehicle at any Shell gas station and use the receipt to buy one lift ticket and get a second ticket free. That offer is also good at Monarch Mountain.

Grand Mesa often sees large snowfalls in late February and March. Powderhorn could stay open past its March 28 closing date if the resort saw healthy enough skier numbers into the spring to warrant an extension, Allen said. (Hint, hint: If you want Powderhorn to extend its season this year, keep skiing.) However, warmer temperatures in the Grand Valley at this time of year tend to redirect locals to other springtime activities, and skier numbers plunge.

Last year’s total snowfall was 202 inches, with 200 to 250 inches of snow being about average. To date, it appears snowfall this season will be above average, Allen said. Skiers numbers at the mountain this year also are healthy, but the resort doesn’t release those numbers until after the season.

Heavy snowfall last weekend canceled a resort event for the public to launch homemade contraptions, called a dummy jump.

The dummies would land in a trough, but 3-foot-high snow drifts covered the area, making the event impossible. The event was moved to this Saturday. In any other context, resort officials are unlikely to complain about too much snow.

Powderhorn has been labeled as one of the state’s top 10 resorts for snow this year and has garnered some national media attention this year for stellar snow conditions, compared to the state’s larger, well-known resorts, Allen said.


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