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Powderhorn is low key, but high fun.
Powderhorn is low key, but high fun.
Powderhorn Resort
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — The setting at Powderhorn is as gentle as the slopes which spread along the mountain’s frontside. Surrounded by mesas and buttes, Powderhorn has a kind of “high-plains drifter” feel, which it has had since skiing began on Grand Mesa in the 1940s. Once the resort opened, in 1966, it instantly became a getaway spot for Western Slope residents. The air makes for dry, easy-to-ride powder, warm weather and unique views. Its focus is families, beginner and intermediate skiers, offers 600 acres of groomed skiing, and it prides itself on a laid-back atmosphere and reasonable ticket prices.

Fun Fact: Powderhorn makes up for a lack of vertical with two quality terrain parks.

Average annual snowfall: 250 inches

Price: Adult full-day $53

Skiable Acres: 1,600

Lifts: 4 (1 quad, 2 doubles, 1 surface)

Terrain parks: 2

Season: Early December to early April

Terrain breakdown: 20 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 15 percent advanced, 15 percent expert

Location: Grand Mesa, 35 miles east of Grand Junction on highway 65

Information:, (970) 268-5700



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