Four join new management team at Powderhorn resort.

Four people have joined a new management team assembled to operate Powderhorn Mountain Resort in its first season under new ownership.

Sam Williams has been hired as mountain operations manager, while Dave Smith has been hired as slope operations manager. Tricia Tittle is the new sales and communications manager and Steve Gould the new food and beverage director.

“We have an amazingly strong management team here at Powderhorn, and the addition of Sam, David, Tricia and Steven is the icing on the cake,” said Daren Cole, general manager at Powderhorn.

Williams brings to his new position experience as owner of a local construction company. He also worked at the Copper Mountain resort in snow grooming, ski patrol and summer maintenance positions. He’s skied at Powderhorn for most of his life.

“Sam’s history and connections in the valley are unparalleled and a testament to our commitment to the community,” Cole said. “He is a strong and dynamic leader with an eye for detail and customer service.”

Smith will be responsible for snow making and grooming as well as terrain park maintenance. He worked for four years as director of slope operations at Angel Fire in New Mexico and 13 years as a slope groomer at Aspen. Smith is the U.S. Snowboard Association 2010 national champion in the skier cross 19+ division.

“Dave has amazing grooming and terrain park construction skills. There is going to be a vast improvement in the way our mountain is maintained,” Williams said.

Tittle brings to her new job experience with mountain resorts in Colorado and Utah as well as Gateway Canyons Resort and Summit Canyon Mountaineering.

“Tricia has such a connection to the business community in the valley,”

Cole said. “She is a perfect fit as our sales and communications manager. She will be the catalyst to year-round business and enhance our relationships and build partnerships within the valley.”

Before joining Powderhorn, Gould worked five years overseeing resident dining at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. He also worked as a chef at restaurants in Durango and holds a degree from the Western Culinary Institute in Portland.

“Steve’s passion for skiing and food are a pefect fit to take our culinary offerings to a new level,” Cole said. “With the capital improvements we have made to the Sunset Grill, he has a great platform to build from. He has some cool ideas to provide an entirely new experience on the food and beverage front.”

Located on the Grand Mesa east of Grand Junction, Powderhorn offers 600 acres of groomed trails and terrain parks served by four lifts. For more information, call 268-5700 or log on to