Half pipe coming to Powderhorn

New owners plan to make good on their promises to improve the experience at Powderhorn Ski Resort, starting with the installation of a half pipe  for the upcoming season.

The new half pipe will be located near the base of the resort and stretch 300 to 350 feet with 13-foot-high walls and a 16 percent to 17 percent grade. The half pipe will be the first for the 45-year-old resort.

“We are holding true to our promise of improving the guest experience,” said Andy Daly, a member of the ownership group that purchased Powderhorn at an August auction.

“The park snowboarders and skiers are critical for the experience we want to achieve at Powderhorn. We hope this will be one step toward a more friendly mountain for young customers,” Daly added.

Passes for the upcoming ski season at Powderhorn are available at an early bird price of $399 for adults through Oct. 14. To purchase passes or obtain more information, call 268-5700 or visit www.powderhorn.com.

Located a 45-minute drive east of Grand Junction, Powderhorn offers 600 acres of groomed trails and terrain parks served by four chair lifts. The ski area receives an average of

250 inches of snow a season, although there’s capacity for snowmaking equipment to cover 21 acres.

Daly, along with brothers Ken and Tom Gart, purchased Powderhorn and about 700 acres of undeveloped land for a total of just over $1.4 million.

The three bring considerable experience and financial resources to their venture.

Over the course of a career that began in 1970, Daly has managed nine ski resorts and once served as president and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. The Gart family has been synonymous with sports in Colorado for more than 80 years.