Storm brings ski season to Powderhorn

Better late than never.

Overnight snowfall allowed Powderhorn Resort to open some of its runs to skiers and snowboarders Sunday, three days later than scheduled.

Sarah Allen, spokeswoman for the resort, said the overnight snowfall, which totaled 10 inches, brought the resort’s base to 24 inches and allowed the resort to open several of its runs, including Equalizer, part of Bill’s Run and E-Z.

“We made the most last-minute call ever,” she said. “We decided at 3 o’clock this morning we were going to open.”

As more snow accumulates this week, she said the resort will expand the number of runs open to the public, she said.

“It’s supposed to keep going,” she said. “We’ll take all we can get.”

The resort was forced to push back its opening date due to scant snowfall at the time of its scheduled opening, Dec. 11.

Allen said roughly 400 people skied during the resort’s opening day, which allowed it to ease into its 2008-2009 season.

According to National Weather Service forecasts, Powderhorn is expected to receive 5 to 11 inches of new snow today. More snow is expected to fall Tuesday and Wednesday.

Grand Junction, according to forecasts, is expected to see less than an inch of snowfall today,  with more snow expected to fall throughout the week.


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