New half-pipe marks changes at Powderhorn

New owners want to broaden mountain's appeal by adding half-pipe and improving the ski experience

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Powderhorn was sold at auction to new owners who have decades of experience in the Colorado ski industry and who recognize what Powderhorn is (a great little local mountain) and what it isn’t (a world-class resort that will attract the beautiful people from all over the globe).

Because the sale wasn’t finalized until the end of September, the new owners haven’t had time to make many changes for the upcoming season.

“Everything they’re doing this year is focused on the ski experience,” said Sarah Allen, spokesperson for Powderhorn.

Outside, the biggest change will be a new half-pipe, which will be visible from the parking lot. The half-pipe will be 300 to 350 feet long, with 13-foot walls. According to Allen, many visitors requested it and it can be enjoyed even by those who have no intention of flying, flipping and twisting above the snow.

“It’s really not just for the skiers and snowboarders who like terrain parks,” Allen said. “You can cruise up and down the walls — you don’t have to jump out of the walls.”

The resort is also increasing its snowmaking capability, which is a necessity for building a half-pipe. It also enables it to open earlier, with better snow and could extend the season a bit longer in the spring, as well.

Inside, a bit of remodeling has created a greater area for indoor picnics by knocking out a wall behind the guest services counter. Removing the wall also increased the dressing area, so getting ready to hit the slopes shouldn’t be quite as difficult.

“The focus this year is to build a strong foundation with the entire Western Slope,” Allen said.

Grand Valley residents know Powderhorn like the back of their hands.

Located on the northern edge of the Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat-topped mountain, Powderhorn is just 45 minutes from Grand Junction. The mountain rises to nearly 9,900 feet, assuring superb dry powder and views unlike any other resort.

The mountain features 44 runs with plenty of space for all ability levels as well as three terrain parks, the new half-pipe and glade skiing that has a state-wide reputation. On average Powderhorn receives 250 inches of powder each season.

Powderhorn is a full-service ski resort featuring:

• Ski & Snowboard School with group and private lessons as well as special programs.

• Children’s Learning Center for kids ages 3-7

• Rental Shop with ski, snowboard, telemark, cross-country and snowshoe packages.

• Alpine Trader & Cafe for apparel, gear, gifts, snacks, coffee and sandwiches.

• Sunset Grille & Bar is a cafeteria style restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages.

• A full season of great events for everyone. The full events calendar can be found at http://www.powderhorn.com

Deals

New deals and packages are available to help individuals and families get to the mountain this year.

• All current & upcoming deals with be posted and updated throughout the season on our ‘Hot Deal’ page on our website: http://www.powderhorn.com/rates/

• Text ‘Powderhorn’ to 69302 for special deals on lift tickets, gear, food and beverages throughout the season.

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