Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We have a lot to be thankful for, especially you, our guests that come back year after year. We're also thankful for the dusting of snow overnight and cloudy skies.

Enjoy your day with family and friends!

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Thanksgiving Miracle

The NOAA forecast is calling for snow on Thanksgiving Day! We will certainly be giving thanks if that happens. It's good to see the flakes back in the forecast, along with lower temps. We've had about enough of this sunny weather.

See the forecast

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Getting Oriented

We're having our employee orientation today. Thankfully Powderhorn is a place where lots of people return to work each season. We have seasonal employees that have been doing this for 15-20 years!

It's a little like returning to school every year. You hear a lot of "So how was your summer?" and "Where did you go for vacation?"

The only thing we're missing are yearbooks.

We want to welcome our brand new employees this season too! Welcome to the family.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

November Winner

Congratulations to Emma Leigh Larsen of Fruita, CO! She is the winner of our e-news trivia contest for November. Two lift tickets are on there way to her mailbox. The answer was Thunder Mountain.

Want a chance to win? Subscribe to our action-packed, highly informative, super-fanstastic newsletter here.

Theme Music

Do you have a soundtrack for skiing and riding? Personally, I don't like skiing with my iPod but it seems that I have a "ski song" every year that is playing in my head. It's kinda like having your own theme music while you ride.

This year's song for me is "Kids" by MGMT.

I know someone who loves to ride to Steve Miller Band's greatest hits album. What's your song or soundtrack for the slopes this year?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Care Flight Practice

Every year the St. Mary's Care Flight lands here and teaches a class at pro ski patrol orientation. Hopefully you never have to take a ride with them, but if you do, you're in good hands.

Rental Shop

The rental shop is going through a major upgrade this season. Manager Amanada Pilley came up with some great ideas....then realized she had created tons of work. But she and her crew are getting the job done and it looks great. Some of us never even realized there were so many windows in the shop!

When you enter the shop, you'll see the telemark, cross-country and snowshoe center to your right. There are two registers to help the line move fast.

Skiers will go to a much easier boot corral this season before moving on to their skis.

We've ordered lots of new skis for our high performance rentals.

Stop by the rental shop this season to check out our Taste of Colorado high pro series featuring companies right here in Colorado. We've started with Icelantic and High Society.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Local Video Showcase

Every once in awhile we jump on You Tube and check out all the cool videos being posted by Powderhorn locals. I stumbled across this one today showcasing the runoff last spring via our webcam. Very creative idea! It's cool to see the change as the snow disappears and the mountain greens up.

It's by "Big C"....whoever you are, good job and let us know if you're reading this!

If you've made a video at Powderhorn, let us know so we can show it off!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Sunset at 5pm today (click to enlarge)

Give thanks that we live in such a beautiful area...and have a great weekend

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Terrain Park Update

Everyone is super busy right now and that includes our terrain parks crew. They've just finished making repairs and giving our rails and spiffy new paint job. A new feature is being ordered soon....we'll keep you in suspense for just a bit longer.

The guys also plan to give serious attention to the beginner park this year making it a great place to learn jumps and rails. The bigger park will see construction of his & her's jumps of different sizes.

Just need the snow now!

Who's There?

The animals around here always keep things interesting. Yesterday I heard a lot of activity under the floor of my office. At first I assumed someone was working on the building. After awhile I realized it was a critter that didn't sound so small.

Lot of scratching and banging was going on in the ducts. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a just a bit nervous. I fully expected to see something pop its head through my vent. And eventually that's exactly what happened!

Hello Mr. Raccoon!

They're cute but I hear they're also ferocious little buggers. If it happens again I'm ready to snap a picture....and then run for it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Give the Gift of Powder

Can you believe that there are already Christmas advertisements everywhere? It seems as soon as Halloween was over we were hit with Christmas. With the economy freaking out, I think we're all looking to shop wisely this holiday season.

So we thought we'd jump on the early Christmas shopping bandwagon and give you some ideas. This is a complete list of all available Powderhorn deals that would be suitable to purchase for someone as a gift.

Cash Cards- gift cards that can be loaded with any amount and good for any Powderhorn good or service. Popular gift idea: load a card with $53, the price of an adult lift ticket.

Buddy, Burger and Beverage- $120 available online beginning Dec. 5th. Valid Monday-Fridays for 2 lift tickets, 2 burgers a the Sunset Grille, and 2 age-appropriate beverages. Take care of your parents or a couple of friends in one easy shot.

Magic 93.1 Learn To Series- $330 includes 3 full days of either ski or snowboard lessons, 3 days of rentals, 3 lift a FREE season pass upon completion of the program! Click here for dates and details.

Weekend Getaway- Starting at $97/night at the Inn at Wildewood. Includes half price lift tickets. The Inn is slopeside with amenities such as Wildewood Restaurant, Bear's Den lounge, happy hour specials, free continental breakfast, sauna, and massage by appointment.

Alpine Trader & Cafe- Gifts for any age snow lover. From baseball caps and stickers to outerwear and tons of Powderhorn apparel.

Plus Card- $50 (available until Dec. 31st) Card holder received $7 off every lift ticket, 5th days free, and a week of free skiing Feb. 23- March 1st.

Happy shopping!

Smells Like Winter

You snow dancers are doing a great job. We picked up a couple more inches of snow overnight! For those that like to keep track, we've had 6 inches in the last week. We plan to begin making snow this Friday depending on temperatures.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Ski Swap & Denver Expo

Don't miss the Powderhorn Patrol Ski Swap this Saturday! It's a great place to get deals on equipment, get your season pass photo, or snag a Plus Card.

Two Rivers Convention Center
7am-4pm (come early for best stuff)
$2 to enter

You can buy your tickets in the lobby for the Warren Miller show. It will also be at Two Rivers, 8pm. Your stub is good for a Buy One, Get One Free lift ticket!

If you're a front ranger- come see us at the Denver Ski & Snowboard Expo this weekend!

Colorado Convention Center
Friday 12-10pm
Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
$12 to enter

Huge deals on equipment, resort specials, DNA rail jam, and lots of fun contests. Stop by the Powderhorn booth for 2 for 1 lift tickets! We'll trade you some stickers for a Red Bull or's a long show.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Snow Alert

This should help you recover a little from your election hangover....we received snow all over the mountain last night! This is the first storm to bring snow at the base area. It's snowing off and on today, let's hope for at least a few inches of accumlation!

Check out the webcam

And check out the comment left by Adam on our previous post. Leave him some feedback if you've driven that in the winter.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

This Just In...'s snowing Dippin' Dots!

We Love Low Pressure

It's snowing! Up to 12" is expected over the next 36 hours. While sunny skies are nice, we're ready for a steady stream of low pressure systems. Nothing makes us happier than watching the weather forecast and seeing that big "L" heading our way.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Test Dummies

Everyone was pulled out of their offices this morning to act as test dummies on the new Magic Carpet. It was most definitely magical...although slightly ridiculous looking.