Monday, November 30, 2009


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and has recovered from tryptophan comas! We're back at it, getting in the final touches for opening day. Have you seen the website? We're so excited we're even counting down the milliseconds until we open.

It would be nice to see another storm in the forecast before we make any decisions about changing the opening day. Start prayin for low pressure!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ullr Weekend

Between our snow dance and The Outdoor Junkie's snow party/ski day....we better get some love this season!

A group of snow-lovers celebrated this weekend by skinning up the mountain and rode the white stuff in tribute to Ullr.

The hat definitely helps
Those piles of man-made snow look so some, fluffy and inviting...but they're deceptive piles of ice capable of taking down any level skier!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Official Snow Dance

Today was our employee orientation/party/official snow dance. It was great to see everyone back and so excited for the 09-10 season!

After all the formal stuff was complete, the food & beverage department cooked us up a big dinner.

Then it was time for the main event...

That would be one of our Ski Patrollers in his high-tech fire resistant suit...made out of tin foil. Safety first!

Once the fire was sufficient, the snow dancing began.

Hey, we're not claiming to be professionals...but I'd say it was a pretty effective dance.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

28 Days

Yep, that's it. But...let's hope it's even less!
Are you ready for Opening Day?

Have you blocked out December 17th on your calendar?
Do you have your boards waxed and edges tuned?
Are the batteries charged in your camera?
Have you washed your long underwear since last season?
Do you have your pass or Plus Card?
Have you already decided who's getting the coffee that morning? And who's driving?
Do you have 2 alarm clocks, in case one malfunctions?

Get it together people! Your season depends on it :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Snow Pics

After two storms we've hit at least 30" already this pre-season. Let's hope that's a good sign for snow this winter.

Here's some pics of the snow and folks playing at Powderhorn this past weekend. Thanks to Nicky, manager of the Inn at Wildewood for snapping these.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bright Lights, No Sleep and Fish Tacos

A small Powderhorn delegation is over here in Denver selling tickets and chatting with stoked skiers & riders at the Ski & Snowboard Expo. With one day down, we're getting ready to start the busy Saturday.

It started to sleet here in Denver last night and that only made people more excited to gear up. We saw a line around the block last night for the Warren Miller show at the Paramount. People are ready!

The bright lights of the convention hall really wear you down after 10 hours but hanging out with everyone is really fun. This lady had the cutest snowboard bear in memory of her brother who was lost recently. Thanks for stopping by and chatting with us!

We've had very little sleep...there's a lot of catching up to do with our friends from other resorts. But we're ready to go so come down to the Colorado Convention Center and get your deals! We've got 2 lift tickets for $53 and FREE Wahoo's Fish Tacos!

p.s. looks like a few new inches of snow at the mountain! Not sure how many, everyone is too busy dealing with the Job Fair today to answer my constant badgering about the snow :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Denver Ski & Snowboard Expo

We're hoping in the car right now to head over to Denver for the next 4 days. Snow is in the forecast for the high country (3-7" at Powderhorn tonight) so the skis are being inconspicuously packed.

If you're a front ranger, come to the CO Convention Center Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for the big ski expo. We'll have lift tickets 2 for $53, no blackouts! It's also a great time to find deals on new gear.

See you at the expo!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


The guns are in we just need temperatures to drop. We're looking for temps below 25 degrees to make snow. Dew point and humidity also play vital roles. It really is a science. Looks like temps will be dropping and more natural snow is on the way. Even better!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Tis the Season

The season of travel...and deals...and getting ready. Not THAT season. Is anyone else already frustrated with the number of Christmas commercials on TV? It's not even Thanksgiving yet! Sheesh.

Sorry that was off topic.

This week we're continuing our preparations as we head rapidly toward opening day. All our seasonal managers are coming back this week for our big Managers Orientation. This is when we discuss changes/new programs for the season, exchange ideas, and catch up after a long summer. We're also loading up the car to head to Denver this week for the big Ski & Snowboard Expo at the Colorado Convention Center. If you're in the area, come by Friday, Saturday or Sunday and score 2 lift tickets for $53 at the Powderhorn booth. You'll also find lots of good deals on gear.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Ski Swap! If you didn't pick up your pass, we'll begin mailing them out this week.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Ski Swap

Wow it's November already? It's good when the pre-season goes by fast don't you think? Flipping our calendars over to November just kicked up our blood pressure up a notch. So much to do, so little time!

This week we're preparing for the big Ski Swap this Saturday at Two Rivers Convention Center. Grab some coffee and be there when doors open at 7am for the best deals. By the way I like small skinny mochas...

The Powderhorn booth will be easy to spot. Come get your season pass photo taken, buy your Plus Card, or pick up your pass. Passes that aren't picked up at the swap will then be mailed in the 2 weeks following. If you have questions, please stop by and ask away! We'll have all the information on our upcoming events, ski school programs, and deals. And, of course, new stickers!

Don't forget to grab your Warren Miller show ticket at the swap. The show is the same day, 8pm at the Avalon Theatre.