Powderhorn set to crank up the lifts

Ski area prepares to open as storm hits

Powderhorn Ski Resort’s lifts might begin to run at 9 a.m. today, pending an early morning decision by staff members.

“If it’s enough snow and we can open limited terrain, we’ll go for it (today),” said Sarah Allen, resort spokeswoman. “The storm is supposed to hit all through the night and more through the day. It’s a waiting game.”

The decision was to have been made by 4 a.m. by the mountain operations manager and the ski patrol director and posted on the resort’s Web site, powderhorn.com.

Allen said she was told 10 to 16 inches would fall overnight, but that much of the decision to open would depend on the density of that snow. Resort officials want an 18-inch base before opening. National Weather Service officials said Powderhorn likely would get 1 to 2 feet of snow overnight.

The weather service had a winter storm warning in effect on Grand Mesa until 6 this evening.

A winter weather advisory was in effect for the Grand Valley, where 3 to 5 inches of snow was expected by tonight.

The resort had to delay opening Thursday, because it didn’t have enough of a base.

Last season, Powderhorn delayed its opening from Dec. 7 to Dec. 10, then experienced a
December with the best snowfall in 25 years — 132 inches. The ski area was one of eight in the state to get record snowfall last season.

“If it’s going to do that every year, it’s a little bit scary at the beginning. But for snow all season long, I’ll take it,” Allen said.


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