Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Conditions can only be described as epic right now. We had another 8" in the last 24 hours. This makes an amazing 2.5 FEET since Saturday! It's still snowing heavily, at a rate of an inch an hour I'm told. Best runs to hit right now- Thunder Mt. Glade, Mad Dog Glade, and Yoohoo. See you in the powder!

3:30pm UPDATE-
Well what can I say....the story hasn't changed! Still snowing like crazy. We're up to 16-17" in the last 24 hours. Tomorrow should be nothing short of amazing. Time to use a sick day!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Bring It On

Doesn't this look nice? (click to enlarge)

It's snowing steadily right now and looks to continue off and on all week. If you can, get up here this week sometime. The snow is amazing and you'll have fresh tracks all over the place. If you're stuck at your desk all week, no worries, it'll still be nice and fluffy for you this weekend.

The month of March is known in Colorado as powder month...I don't want to jinx it...but maybe it's starting a little earlier this year?

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Powder Crashes

Powder days are so fun partly because when you crash it doesn't hurt. It's just really funny. Here are some shots of a few of us crashing today. I'm such a good sport that I'll show one of my own. A ton of the pictures from today have been uploaded on the photo gallery at

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Powder Day!

What perfect timing. 14" on a Friday night. It's only 8:15am and I'm watching the top parking lot fill up with those fighting for first tracks. We're heading out to start taking pictures for the day. It looks like we could get the perfect combination today of fresh snow and sun. So get up here, your secret stash is waiting!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Text 2 Win Contest

Congratulations to Emily P. our first winner in the Text 2 Win Contest! She won an Atomic Snowboards hat and Mt. Dew canteen. There are 3 more of those prize packs and then the Grand Prize is a set of 2007 Atomic Snowboard bindings!

If you want to play just text the word 'DEALS' to 95495. You'll get an instant reply letting you know if you won or not. If you're a winner, the message will give you details on how to claim your prize. There's no charge from us, but standard text message rates apply depending on your wireless plan. Contest ends 2/26/07.

Those on the text message list also get powder alerts and special deals sent straight to their phone. More deals are coming before the end of the season so make sure you're in the loop!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Women's Week

X Chromosomes only! Women's Week begins today and runs through the 28th. Lift tickets are 2 for $66 for all women, all week. Plus there are women's clinics, apres wine & cheese parties, chair massages, skin care product demos, and you can register to win a night's stay at the Inn at Wildewood.

Women's Clinics
$32 lesson only
Feb. 21, 24, 28
All skill levels welcome

Apres Parties
Feb. 21, 24, 28
Wine, cheese, chocolate, free chair massages, skin care products, door prizes from the Alpine Trader

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

New Powderhorn Video

Here's the newest video from Powderhorn! This one covers all the events of the Thunder Mt. Freestyle Fest. Thanks to Joe Funk for putting this together.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Profile: Lift Operations

Who are the Powderhorn employees you encounter the most during your visit? Well hopefully it's not Ski Patrol. It's our Lift Operations crew. Powderhorn employs around 35 lift operators. This group goes through pre-season training and must pass a 100 question test before serving the public. Those that are lift attendants must get an 80 or above. The lift operators must have a 90 or above.

The lift operators are those people you see sitting inside the shacks at each lift. These individuals are in total control of all operations of the lift. They control stops, slows, restarts, brake functions, and all safety features. They constantly monitor all aspects of the lift system. When the lift has been stopped, a phone call is made to the operator when the lift is cleared to start again.

Lift Operations has 3 levels of experience. Each level takes further testing, hours of experience, and in-depth knowledge of all functions & mechanics of the lift.

These folks work hard and serve a crucial role in the safety and experience of our guests. Give a "Lifty" a hug next time you are on the loading platform....ok, maybe just say thanks.

Friday, February 16, 2007

The Craziest Thing I've Ever Seen

This clip is taken from one of the Warren Miller films. I don't remember which movie it was, and I don't remember anything else about the movie. All I remember was the crazy flying-squirrel-man. My biggest question is; how would you know for certain this would work? As I stood in the helicopter I would be thinking "hmmm if I'm right about this, it's going to be really fun. If I'm wrong, I'm dead."

Turn up the volume to hear the narration by Warren Miller. This guy is parachuting at only 15 feet above the ground at times!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


I'm stuck on the couch at home today because my stomach hates me. And of course we had 7" of snow last night and of course it's sunny today. The makings of an incredible day on the mountain and I'm spending the day wrapped in blankets watching daytime TV ahhhhh! Well I won't regale you with tales of me and my sprints to "worship the porcelain god." I hope everyone that's out skiing today is having an amazing time. For the rest of us, there will still be freshies for the next couple days so I'll see you on the mountain!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Snow is Back

If there is one thing we hate at ski areas it's unseasonably warm temperatures. Any temperature starting with a 4 is evil unless it's the end of March or early April. Last week felt like the end of March...we were all resisting the urge to put on Hawaiian shirts. But the snow is back! We've had 8" in the last couple days and it has been snowing hard all day today. Check out the webcam at to see what it's doing up here.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Thanks to the Jibij Team

Powderhorn would like to thank the whole Jibij crew for coming over this weekend! They judged the comp on Saturday and hung out in the park all weekend. Want to see what the Jibij shop has to offer? Buy goodies online at



Congrats to the winners of the Jeep Terrain Park Challenge! And a huge thank you to everyone who came out to compete and watch. These guys will be heading to the regionals Feb. 24 at Monarch Mountain.
Ski Advanced
1st Dacre Dunn
2nd Taylor Roberts

Ski Intermediate
1st Tyler Hutchinson
2nd Ethan Bell
Snowboard Advanced
1st Josh Christensen
2nd Brett Buescher
Snowboard Intermediate
1st Ryan Barbone
2nd Anthony Nall
And this was the best accidental flip we have ever seen
There's tons more going on today at the Thunder Mt. Freestyle Fest. Games of PIG in the park, high ollie contest, and rail jam plus tons of giveaways and the Jibij Team is hanging out in the park with everyone

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Thunder Mt. Freestyle Fest

The biggest competition weekend is almost here! Come up this weekend and compete, play in the park, get in on some photo shoots, or just to hang out and watch. Here's the details-

February 10
Jeep Terrain Park Challenge- a classic slopestyle competition. $15 to enter, winners advance on to the regionals at Monarch Mt, Feb 24. Open to ALL abilities. Winners also get medals and a prize pack. The comp will be judged by the Jibij Team out of Boulder, CO. They'll also be playing in the park and doing some photo shoots. Atomic Snowboards and Gene Taylors will be supplying ski & snowboard demos all day (park specific equip). Plus a DJ will be playing in the park. Tons of giveaways all day!

February 11
The DJ will be in the park again for games of PIG all day, a high ollie contest, and rail jam ($5). The Jibij Team will be hanging out again plus we'll do more giveaways!

Thanks to our sponsors- Jibij, Atomic Snowboards, Gene Taylor's, Traz, Ogio, Magic 93.1, Mountain Dew.

Also, the park guys have been hard at work building new features. 2 huge butter/beginner boxes are done as well as a new flat-down rail. Next to be built is a 30' urban down rail.

The boxes in production:

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Powderhorn Webcam

Yay we got a webcam up and running! Now you can roll out of bed, check the snow report and get a live shot of what it's looking like up here. The link is right on the homepage at with the snow report. The picture updates automatically.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Did You Know...

Bill’s Run used to be called Sidewinder.

The blue tower jib in Junction Park is the actual tower 16 from one of the original Powderhorn lifts installed in 1966.

Powderhorn employs about 250 people in the winter season.

There are bear dens near Redeye and Cannonball.

Whistle Pig is another name for Marmots who roam the base area in the summer… and often get inside the lodge.

Powderhorn has its own water plant that purifies water directly from mountain springs.

The Grand Mesa was referred to as Thunder Mountain by native Indian tribes.

Cow Camp is named after an actual old cow camp in that area. An old cabin structure sits on the side of that run but is only visible in the summer

Monday, February 05, 2007

Harold Harvey

We'd like to extend our sympathies to the entire Harvey family. Harold Harvey was one of the founders of Powderhorn and essential to the growth of this mountain. For all he did at Powderhorn we are incredibly grateful.

Harold loved the Grand Mesa and everything it had to offer. If you ever stopped in Mesa Lakes Resort for lunch, chances are Harold chatted with you for quite some time and always made sure you were enjoying yourself. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harvey family.

Thanks for everything Harold!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Jon Hartman Interview

Coming up February 10-11, Powderhorn will host the first ever Thunder Mt. Freestyle Fest. The Jibij Team will be here to ski & celebrate with us as well as judge the slopestyle competition. Mr. Jon Hartman so graciously answered a few questions for us.

Name: jon "heart breaker" hartman
Years skiing: 2 months
Sponsors: Jibij, Echo mountain, Anon, Scott, Disciple
Hometown: boulder
What are the perfect conditions to ski? a cold icy rail with chese graters under it and a croc for danger
Describe your perfect park feature. A pig supsended in the air that you could jib
Favorite ski company? Scott
Favorite clothing company? goodwill
Favorite beverage? beer
Describe your best trip so far. Either whistler or urbans in utah
Favorite activity other than skiing? skateboarding
What do you have planned for the rest of your season? get gnar on some sick grindage
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