Powderhorn having outstanding early season

Snowboarders have been enjoying early snow at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. As much as 40 percent of the mountain could open by Thursday.



Snowboarders have been enjoying early snow at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. As much as 40 percent of the mountain could open by Thursday.



There’s one essential ingredient to a successful ski and snowboard season, and Powderhorn Mountain Resort got a bunch of it two weeks ago.

The resort got nearly two feet of fresh snow in two days at the end of November and that allowed the resort to have two early opening weekends (including today) prior to its official opening this Thursday.

Ryan Robinson, the resort’s sales and marketing manager, said they are expecting another big year.

“We are really excited and that big storm we got didn’t hurt,” Robinson said with a chuckle about Thursday’s opening.

Last year was a huge success with great snowfall combined with the opening of the new high-speed lift, The Flat Top Flyer.

Those factors helped Powderhorn to a 45 percent visitor increase over the previous season. It was also the best season since the new owners took over in 2011.

The new lift and additional snow-making equipment were part of the $5 million capital improvement project for the resort.

Robinson said that snowmaking equipment has been an invaluable addition.

“It’s really been instrumental,” he said. “We doubled our snowmaking (equipment) last year. With the natural snow on the upper half and the snowmaking on the lower half, it’s been tremendous and has helped us get open early.”

Last year, the resort opened on Dec. 5.

This will be Powderhorn’s 50th anniversary and Robinson said they are planning for a big day next Saturday.

“We will build a snow fortress at the bottom for a band, we’ll have giveaways, games, drink specials and have a fire to roast marshmallows,” he said.

Robinson said Powderhorn has between 15-18 percent of the mountain open today. He’s also said they are looking at having more of the mountain open by Thursday, possibly as high as 40 percent.

This season, a full-day lift ticket is $71 for adults, $60 for youth (13-17), $35 for junior (7-12) and $18 for under 7. The resort also offers a variety of other ticket options including season passes and multi-day passes.

For a complete list of lift ticket prices and packages and more information about the resort, go to powderhorn.com.


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