Q&A with Powderhorn lift operator Greg Powers

Powderhorn Mountain Resort lift operator Greg Powers chats with a skier on Saturday as the skier waits to board the lift.

Greg Powers, 51, has worked in lift operations for the past six years at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Originally from Sante Fe, New Mexico, Powers now lives in Hotchkiss. He started skiing in 1979.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The ability to work outside on the mountain.

Coldest day you’ve worked?

It was the first year I worked at Powderhorn and it was negative-20 degrees.

Worst day on the job weather-wise?

Late spring days when it’s warm and the snow is melting.

What has the reaction been
from skiers/boarders about
the new high-speed lift?

Everyone is very excited by the new lift and enjoys the reduced transit time to the top and the additional runs they are able to get.

Favorite Powderhorn run?

Whistle Pig.

From your perspective, what does the new lift mean for Powderhorn?

The high-speed lift moves Powderhorn into a different class of ski resorts. With the new lift, customers will be able to make more runs in a day, getting better value for their money, and we will be able to expand to summer activities, such as downhill mountain biking.

—Dale Shrull


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