Addition of mountain bike trails makes Powderhorn a year-round destination
It’s been quite a year for Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Back in December 2015, the resort cut the ribbon on the new Flat Top Flyer, a high-speed quad chair.
Then snow pummeled the mountain for most of the season, which led to a fantastic ski and snowboard season. When the resort closed for its winter season in late March, the resort had a 45 percent visitor increase over the previous season. It was also the best season since the new owners took over in 2011.
The new chair lift, along with additional snow-making equipment, was part of the $5 million capital improvement project for the resort. Construction of three new downhill mountain biking trails was also a part of the project.
The improvements were all part of the plan to make Powderhorn a year-round resort.
That became official on June 24 when Powderhorn opened the mountain to mountain biking.
Cyclists of all levels flocked to the resort throughout the summer to zip down the trails. The Flat Top Flyer was equipped with bike carriers and a rental shop was opened with bicycles and all the gear needed for the downhill mountain biker.
“The Grand Valley has always been a major mountain biking and tourism destination, so this will be really good for Powderhorn and the community,” Powderhorn General Manager Sam Williams said in June.
The three trails offer about 12 miles of downhill fun with two being specially built singletrack trails with jumps, berms and lots of fast two-wheel fun.
When the Flat Top Flyer was opened in December 2015, Ken Gart, one of Powderhorn’s owners, was already looking ahead to the resort welcoming cyclists.
“(Powderhorn) really has the potential to be one of the top (mountain biking) destinations in the country,” he said last December.
Additional trails are already being planned, but 2016 was a splendid start at making Powderhorn a downhill mountain biking destination.
As far as this year’s ski and snowboard season is concerned, the resort is off to a great start with another early December opening, plenty of snow and packed slopes.