Powderhorn announces early opening

Early snowfalls have enabled Powderhorn Mountain Resort to announce an early start to the ski season.

Powderhorn plans to open Dec. 7, nearly a week sooner the originally scheduled.

“We are looking forward to a great start of the season. With more snow in the forecast, we are excited for a snowy ski season,” said David Smith, marketing manager at Powderhorn. “The mountain is looking wonderful, the staff is ready and we cannot wait for the smiles of our skiers and snowboards to hit the slopes.”

The ski resort atop the Grand Mesa east of Grand Junction expects to start the season with four chairlifts operating and about half of the terrain open. The Sunset Grill and new West End Grill will be open, as will the ski and ride center.

Additional trails will open as conditions allow. The opening of the tubing hill will be announced in coming weeks.

Season passes to Powderhorn will remain available at early season rates through Dec. 10. Season passes include resort discounts and tickets at other ski resorts.

Powderhorn also offers a $99 learn to ski and ride package to first-time skiers and snowboarders age 8 and older.

For pass and package purchases and more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.