Powderhorn opens for ski season

Ryan Schramm
Ryan Schramm

Powderhorn Mountain Resort has opened for the ski and snowboarding season — earlier than last year and with 75 percent of terrain available on the first day.

“Powderhorn plays a vital role as a major employer on the Western Slope. And with such a strong opening this year, we are able to once again provide over 300 jobs in the local economy,” said Ryan Schramm, the new general manager at Powderhorn.

Pacific Group Resorts Inc. brought in Schramm after the owners of Powderhorn entered into a long-term lease with PGRI to operate the resort.

Powderhorn opened Dec. 13, 10 days earlier than last year. The Flat Top Flyer, West End, Easy Rider and Magic Carpet lifts were in operation, serving 33 of 42 runs and 75 percent of terrain.

Favorable weather conditions and expanded snowmaking operations enabled Powderhorn to offer guests top-to-bottom skiing and riding on opening day.

Additional improvements are planned to further expand snowmaking capacity to provide top-to-bottom coverage for the 2019-2020 season.

In implementing the Mission: Affordable program, Powderhorn doubled the number of pass holders for the 2018-2019 season — 54 percent of them new pass holders. What’s billed as a quad pack is available through Dec. 21, offering four lift tickets that can be used anytime during the season for $189.

Located on the Grand Mesa east of Grand Junction, Powderhorn offers 1,600 acres of terrain suited to a range of abilities and preferences. For more information, call 268-5700 or visit www.powderhorn.com.