Friday, April 13, 2012

Season Recap

Season Recap

In a year that was down for many resorts across the United States, Powderhorn Mountain Resort has many reasons to celebrate. The season started on August 4th, 2011, with the purchase of the resort by Andy Daly and Ken, Tom and John Gart. With the purchase came a sigh of relief from the residents of Grand Junction, the surrounding communities, and loyal customers of the resort.

Powderhorn's luck continued when, on the day before we opened for the season, we received 16 inches of fresh powder. Throughout the 2011-12 season, we were blessed with consistent snow conditions and strategic powder dumps. Presidents' Day is the perfect example; while many Colorado ski resorts received just a few inches, Western Slope residents awoke to 19 inches of fresh snow at Powderhorn. The previous week, the resort received 10 inches and the following week, we received an additional 35 inches of snow to bring the total to 64 inches in a three week period.

While most resorts had to open late or close early this season, Powderhorn had almost 90 percent of its terrain available on opening day. Within a few weeks, 100 percent of the mountain was open. On closing day, we had over 95 percent of the mountain open. Throughout the season we consistently had some of the best conditions in the state.

Snow conditions aren't the only thing we are celebrating this season. While most resorts saw a decline in numbers across the board, we experienced increases in many different categories. Pass sales for the 2011-12 season were up 15 percent, and overall skier days were up 5 percent while there was a statewide average decline of 7 percent. In addition, pass sales this spring for the 2012-13 season are already up almost 27 percent over last year.

Guest satisfaction also was up this season and much of that increase can be attributed to the new ownership and management.

We hope all of you were happy with how this season turned out and welcome any comments and suggestions to make the next year and the coming years even better! Thanks for the great season and we look forward to many more!

Thursday, April 12, 2012



Jump Into 2012-13 Season Pass Sale
Just 4 more days to get the absolute best prices of the 2012-13 season! Adult Full Season Passes start at $399-the same as this season's pre-season price! We can only accept credit cards for season pass purchases at this time, no cash or check sales. You can purchase online through April 15.

We will also be selling on-site at the Telluride Mountain Film Fest on Tour and the MOG (Manufacturers of Outdoor Goods) Sale

Telluride Mountain Film Fest On Tour
Come watch some really cool films as part of the Telluride Mountain Film Festival goes on tour with Grand Junction's Colorado Mesa University being one of the stops! This is a benefit for the CMU Outdoor Program. Doors open at 6:30pm and the film begins at 7pm.

MOGSale 2012
Join us at the 9th Annual MOG (Manufacturers of Outdoor Goods) Sale Saturday, April 14th from 9am-4pm in the parking lot behind Summit Canyon Mountaineering (5th and Colorado) in Downtown Grand Junction.There will be great deals from all kinds of vendors at this sale and this will be the last day to purchase your pass in person at the best prices of the 2012-13 season.

CDA Chef's Dinner
Join CDA on April 13th for a sumptuous feast prepared by some of the top chefs in the area, all for a great cause. There will be a live and silent auction including trips, lodging as well as a Powderhorn 2012-13 season pass up for auction.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Western Weekend

Join us March 10-11 for some good ole fashioned western entertainment! Don't forget to dress up.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

3-3-12 Snow Totals

Here are some numbers to ponder:
Snow totals
24 Hour: 6"
48 Hour: 21"
This week: 36"
Past 2 weeks: 56"

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dummy Jump 2012

The 3rd Annual Dummy Jump will take place March 17th. If you're building a dummy, here are some helpful tips: Give it some weight. Dummies need to be a little heavy to pick up the speed needed for a 20 foot jump and serious airtime.Make sure it slides straight. If using skis, measure them at tip, middle and tail to make sure they're perfectly parallel.Have fun with it! Get creative. Materials we've seen used in the past: bathtub, washing machine, wheelchair, keg, and a toilet. Just don't use hazardous materials or fireworks.For a video of the Dummy Jump from last year, click here. Click here for some pictures from the past for creative ideas
Do's and Don'ts

Form a team
Make your dummy family-friendly
Make your dummy heavy but manageable for 2 people to move
Have a theme
Pay attention to balance (your dummy has to make it to the jump to jump)

Make clean up too difficult for us
Use pyrotechnics
Use any toxic materials
Expect your dummy to survive

Judging criteria:
Destruction on impact

Details:Dummy Jump Saturday, March 17th at 2pm- Release the dummies!
Cost: $10 to enter a dummy
Please have your dummy to the mountain by 8am. Check in at Guest Services. Our crew will help unload and transport the dummy to the snow. Dummies will be on display at the lift line.