Flat Top Flyer nears completion at Powderhorn
Excitement is building at Powderhorn Mountain Resort.
Nothing creates more excitement and anticipation than the first snow of the fall and that’s what hit Powderhorn on Thursday.
With opening day right at two months away, there’s plenty of excitement centered on the near completion of the improvements being made at the resort.
The new Flat Top Flyer, a high-speed, detachable, quad chairlift, is in the final phase of construction with upper terminal installation happening now. Work on the new lift began June 1 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-November.
“We are looking forward to a great upcoming season,” Powderhorn Mountain Resort General Manager Sam Williams said in a news release. “We know that all the hard work and effort that has gone on this summer to upgrade our facilities will continue to enhance our guest experience and will make for a positive season.”
The new lift is the main upgrade, but the resort has a number of improvements as part of a $5 million capital-improvement project.
Another improvement project is the 8,000 feet of increased snowmaking, which nearly doubles the current snowmaking coverage to 42 acres.
The resort is also expanding its snow-grooming fleet to include a winch cat, for grooming and rebuilding steep slope areas; and a new snow cat that is 33 percent larger than the traditional vehicle. The newest snow cat will make the grooming process more efficient.
“The excitement around here is really building,” said Dave Smith, slope-operations manager. “The lift and the snowmaking are nearing completion, and we are looking forward to the start of a new era at Powderhorn.”
Another upgrade at the resort is in the rental shop.
“We have changed the layout of the rental shop to be more user friendly in all aspects. We converted the shop into a Pay-Last system. All renters will be able to go through and get their rental items first and pay at the end, with equipment in hand,” said Dusti Reimer, resort spokesperson.
The final upgrade won’t be finished until next spring, but that won’t be a problem for the ski season.
More than 3,000 feet of new mountain-bike trails have been completed and 12 to 15 miles of singletrack trails are planned. The trails are expected to be done late next spring.
Powderhorn Mountain Resort is scheduled to open Dec. 17.