Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We'll be out with the video camera today to capture all the festivities. Smile for the camera!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Building a Park
Then Justin started work on the deck and knuckle for the kicker. Here's what it looked like before he demolished it.
Pushing the snow
Pushing snow up to the edge
The view out the window as he grooms the knuckle and landing
Monday, December 29, 2008
I think this one is my personal favorite so far.
FYI- everything is now open except Cannonball and Bear Claw
Saturday, December 27, 2008
We're going to bundle up and get out for some photos today. If you see one of us with a camera, muster some Kodak Courage and ham it up for us!
Friday, December 26, 2008
12/26 Friday Feed
And if you've never seen the Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, here's a great video from last year. Kudos whoever you are!
p.s. We can tell it's last year's because it's the year the fireworks got a little close to the crowd :) Watch to the end and you'll see what I'm talking about, plus you can hear some of the reaction in the crowd. What a finale!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
This storm is expected to bring heavy snow with high winds. If winds get too high with low visibility, we have to shut our lifts down for safety reasons. Roads could also be very bad.
Bottom line is, it could be an epic day BUT if you are coming please be prepared. Check the road conditions, leave early, take your time and have the proper gear in your vehicle. Please call our snow report tomorrow morning at 970-268-5300 as I will give an update on what we know at that time for snowfall, winds, temps and road conditions/closures.
Powderhorn Forecast (NOAA)
Colorado Road Conditions
Satellite of the storm
Naughty or Nice?
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Anothe 7-11 inches expected today! We've already had 61" in the month of December, pretty darn good!
The top of the Grand Mesa is CLOSED right now. You can get to Powderhorn right now through Mesa. For road conditions please visit http://www.cotrip.org/
If you get some great photos of you and your friends, email us! firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, December 22, 2008
We could get up to 22 inches by Christmas Eve! Now that's a good present. Check out the forecast. It's a little windy today. The kind of wind where you might expect to see a girl and her little black dog fly by.
Random picture of the day:
UPDATE: 1:30PM Lower Sweet Misery (to tower 10) and Second Thoughts now open! 3" more since this morning but heavy winds are not allowing it to build on the base stake.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Pow Pow Pow
Conrgats to Alyssa who has won first tracks today. It'll be good!
Please be careful coming up, roads will be a little slick. But remember, bad roads = good skiing & riding.
UPDATE: 9:30AM Upper Sweet Misery and Hooker are now open!
Friday, December 19, 2008
(You have to turn your volume up pretty high, I'll try to get that fixed by next week).
UPDATE: 2:15PM West End will open tomorrow morning with Tenderfoot, Redeye and Snowcloud. More terrain on that end could open throughout the day tomorrow. It all depends on what the wind does (it's very gusty today).
We'll be taking pictures and video as much as possible all season long. Here is the link to our photo & video gallery.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
For those that like to keep track, we've had 35" since we opened. Let's hope it doesn't stop! I'm going to try and get out tomorrow morning and get some video done so we can post it on the web. That way you can see what the slopes are looking like for the weekend. If Ski Patrol will put up with me, maybe I can get a ride up the West End and gets some shots over there!
UPDATE: Junction Park is now open with the flat rail and a double kink rail.
UPDATE: 3:45PM 5 inches of new snow has fallen TODAY! There's still sporadic wind gusts and that's expected through the night. Listen to Magic 93.1 in the 7:00 hour tomorrow morning...I'll be giving away FIRST TRACKS for Saturday!! The winner will get to load the lift right behind ski patrol and enjoy the fluffy goodness about 15 minutes before we release the crowd! Disclaimer (aka don't be a sore loser)- this will not delay the time we normally load public. Watch for more chances to win throughout the season!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
What the ??
Looks like just about anybody can get a staff pass around here.
UPDATE: 10:00am- Two small rails are now open on EZ. Upper Maverick is now open. Looks like lots more runs will be opening tomorrow morning!
UPDATE: 12:45pm- Lower Bill's Run has been opened! And it's dumping right now!
Monday, December 15, 2008
What are ticket prices going to be the next few days?
Lift tickets will remain at $30 until we open the West End lift.
When are some rails going to be put in?
The terrain park crew is waiting for more snow before it's safe to set rails. Up to another foot of snow is expected in the next 36 hours. I'll keep you posted on terrain park developments.
Will Powderhorn be laying off employees?
We have absolutely no plans to lay off any employees. We're doing well right now considering the economic situation. Our pre-season sales were up about 3% over last year which was a record. Snow is a must though!
When will you update on terrain openings?
As soon as more terrain is opened, Ski Patrol calls me and I post it on the snow report. I'll also update the blog each time until all runs are open.
How does the snow reporting work?
Ahhh the most important part of the day! Our groomers and snowmakers get done between 4 and 5am. They leave us a voicemail with all the details on new snowfall, base, and what was groomed. There are two snow reporters and we rotate days. We roll out of bed and pick up the message . We change our website, Colorado Ski Country website, and record the message for the snow line. Which, by the way, is 970-268-5300. If it's snowing throughout the day, we'll post updates as we get them from Ski Patrol.
Have another question? Something random you just want to know? Drop it in the comment section and we'll reply!
UPDATE: 11:30am Dude is now open
Another question came in...
How do you decide when certain terrain is ready to open?
I called up Bill Bruchak, our Ski Patrol Director for an answer to this. He said they are take each run on a case-by-case basis. They think about things like- snow depths, what's under that snow, forecast, density of the snow, how many people we expect on that run, how will it hold up, and most importantly the safety factor. Next time you ski a ski patroller, give them a big hug because they do a lot of work to get a run open. Most runs get ski packed which means they spend hours just side-stepping in their skis to build a base on the run. This helps it ski well all season long.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Lift tickets will only be $30 today for adults, seniors and youth. All others are normal price (since it's cheaper).
PLEASE be careful driving up to the resort today. Roads are slick!
We do not recommend taking lessons today as beginner area is limited.
More terrain could open throughout the day as ski patrol assesses the coverage.
The high today is only 17 and more snow is expected, plan accordingly!
All mountain services are available, so make time to check out the new Trader Cafe or the new menu at the Wildewood Restaurant.
We're literally waking our employees up and calling them in. It's fair to say it will be a crazy day so please have patience! We have plenty of new employees that are about to get trail by fire!
See you on the slopes!
UPDATE: 12:30pm Equalizer is now open top to bottom. Snowing lightly off-and-on.
UPDATE: 1:30pm Looky Looky and Lower Maverick now open.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Watch Out for Mary Poppins
Wind gusts up to 55 mph are expected today. When it's this windy, it feels like all our snow is going to end up on people's doorsteps in Mesa. But thankfully the track-packing we did this week will help hold what we have.
There's no new snow yet, but the storm is supposed to get going around 11am today. Accumulations aren't high today since it's going to be so windy. But they're still saying 8-12" tonight.
Here's the infrared so you can see the storm.
I wish that thing up in Montana was ours!
I feel like a weather girl....all I need now is one of those clicky things that change the screen.
No snow accumulation yet but the forecasted accumulation has increased! We're looking at 10-16 inches overnight and another 8" possibly tomorrow. yay!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Forecast says 2-4" tomorrow and another 8-12" Saturday night! No matter what, that's good news.
To answer a couple questions:
If we open Sunday, we do not recommend booking any first timer lessons. It's unclear at this time how much beginner terrain will be open.
Employees should contact their manager regarding Sunday. The best thing to do is plan to work that day, but check your email or the website first thing Sunday morning for the news.
Regardless of what happens, I'll post an update very early Sunday morning (as soon as I hear from the mtn crew). I'll let you know what call we make, how much snow we've had so far, and any other info that may be helpful.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
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I talked with our CEO and with the storm looking favorable, we will try to open Sunday. BUT we won't be able to make the call until early Sunday morning. We're talking middle of the night here.
My plan is to wait for the phone call from our mountain manager (which could come as early as 2am) then start hitting the website and media. Either way, I'll post on the site what we're doing. If we're opening, we'll have a full snow report online and at the snow phone 970-268-5300.
It's all caffeine and snow dances from here on out!
Temperatures are still very low this morning so we're still making snow around the base area.
If this storm is as big as they say, things are going to get very interesting around here this weekend. I'll be in contact with the mountain crew each morning and will continue to post updates. As soon as we make the decision about opening, I'll hit the web, TV stations, newspapers and radio. If you're in our text message club, you'll get an alert sent straight to your phone. If you want to sign up for that (it's free) go here.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Everything is blanketed in that beautiful white right now. We had a good snowmaking night last night as temperatures were in the teens. Our high today and tomorrow will be in the upper 30s but the sun is low enough that it's not causing any melting.
The NOAA forecast is calling for HEAVY SNOW on Sunday!! We're counting on that storm to bring us to where we need to be to open. Looks very favorable right now.
Going to Walmart or the mall right now can make an otherwise normal person completely lose it. So we've got some easy ideas for you if you've got a snowrider on your list.
Powderhorn Gift Cards are available here. These are good for any good or service at the mountain.
The Buddy, Burger, and Beverage deal is now available. Click here for a great gift for couples.
And the Alpine Trader has hats, stickers and more items coming to their online store.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Fridays (beginning this week)
Grand Junction location only
Each time you attend the class, your name will be entered to win one of several Plus Cards! I'm checking it out this week...and if I can move my legs afterwards I'll keep at it.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Check back here and on the website for daily updates. Let's hope it comes soon!
Sorry, forgot to mention the webcam is now live again!
Snowing lightly but steady!
Friday, December 05, 2008
Winter Kickoff Party
Get your season pass photo, buy a Plus Card or lift ticket, grab some free stuff from Mtn Dew, and shop for some new stuff!
Then look for us in the Parade of Lights, 5pm tomorrow night. We'll have our King or Queen of the Mounatin riding with us. We've also put together a small army of snowriders to hand out candy and coupons.
See you tomorrow!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
It's A Sign
We will be making a decision on Monday regarding our opening day. Check back here on the blog or the website Monday afternoon for the update. I'll also be letting all the media know what we decide. Snow is possible Sunday/Monday so we'll see what happens!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
We still need to add some jewels to the fur but I think it's looking pretty good. You know you want to win! Listen to Magic 93.1 or the Vault 92.3 for your chance to qualify.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
The plan is still for December 11th and we'll revise that if we need to next week. Stay tuned to the blog for updates. Otherwise, pray for snow!
All Hail the King
The winner receives 2 Plus Cards, a nights stay at the Inn at Wildewood, and gear from Gene Taylors! We'll call the winner Friday afternoon. Then you and your family/friends can ride in our sleigh as the King or Queen of the Mountain this Saturday at the Parade of Lights.
Make sure to stop by Gene Taylors this Saturday from 10am-2pm for our Winter Kickoff Party! Get your season pass photo, buy lift tickets or plus cards, get some free stuff, and have your equipment tuned up.