Powderhorn hopes to open, with heavy snow forecast

Powderhorn Ski Resort officials have their skis crossed that a weekend of snow and cold temperatures, coupled with a promising forecast, will allow the ski area to open Tuesday.

“We are hopeful,” Powderhorn spokeswoman Sarah Allen said.

The ski area on Grand Mesa received 4 inches of snow Friday and Saturday and 5 inches Sunday. Cold temperatures at night allowed the ski area to produce snow on both nights, Allen said.

Temperatures on Sunday night and this morning were expected to stay in the upper 20s, which would have prevented making artificial snow. However, the National Weather Service forecast called for a staggering 6 to 8 feet of snow atop Grand Mesa and south toward Crested Butte by Thursday. If the forecast holds, Allen said, the ski area may be ready to open Tuesday.

“This is what we’ve been looking for,” Allen said.

Every member of the Ski Patrol was expected to show up for work today, and the heads of the Ski Patrol and mountain operations will check conditions, she said.

Although Powderhorn officials want to ski and know there are many others in the Grand Valley ready to hit the slopes, they won’t open the area until it’s safe, Allen said.

“It’s difficult when you see big snowfalls on the other side of the state,” she said. “Last year, we had all the snow. It’s cyclical.”


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