Stellar ski season coming to a close at Powderhorn

A snowboarder takes advantage of some of the stellar snow conditions at Powderhorn Mountain Resort this past weekend. Powderhorn will close for the season Sunday.

It’s the last chance to hit the slopes at Powderhorn Mountain Resort.

After one of the best snow seasons in years and the opening of the Flat Top Flier high-speed quad lift, it’s been a memorable season for the resort.

Powderhorn will close at the end of the day Sunday, and there will be deals for those who want to get in a final few runs over the weekend.

Season passes for next season, which will be Powderhorn’s 50th anniversary, are on sale, and the rest of this season will be free for those who purchase a pass.

Saturday and Sunday, all full-day lift tickets will be half price. On Saturday, there will also be a pond skim and lots of prizes and giveaways.

“We really have a fun closing weekend planned,” said Ryan Robinson, the resort’s marketing and sales manager.

Excitement at the resort started with a great early-season snowfall and an official opening on Dec. 11.

But the real excitement surrounded the opening of the Flat Top Flier, which jets skiers and snowboarders to the top of the mountain in less than eight minutes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new lift on Dec. 19 signaled a new era for Powderhorn. Another improvement for the resort was the addition of more snow-making equipment.

Robinson said the season has been special.

“Skier visits are up over last year. This can be attributed to the new, high-speed, quad chairlift combined with incredible snow conditions,” he said. “The snow-making improvements, completed last summer, allowed us to maintain an excellent base even during periods of warmer weather.”

All lifts open at 10 a.m. for the rest of the season.

Thanks to some spring storms, the resort has maintained good snowpack throughout the season, and this week Powderhorn is reporting a 63-inch midmountain base.

“As an added bonus, we’ve received over two feet of new snow in the last week, so skiing will be excellent,” Robinson said.

All the improvements at Powderhorn are part of a $5 million capital-improvement project put together by the new ownership group that took over in 2011.

Part of the resort’s goal is to make Powderhorn an appealing year-round resort, and later this spring more than 12 miles of downhill mountain biking will be ready.

“We’re looking forward to carrying the momentum into the inaugural year of summer operations and lift-access mountain biking,” Robinson said.


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