Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
To add to an already amazing day, half of all ticket sales tomorrow will benefit Partners and Colorado Discover Ability. We'll also have live music at the Sunset Grille from 12-3pm.
Lifts open at 9am. We'll have the full list of open runs on our Snow Report tomorrow morning by 6am. You can view the report at www.powderhorn.com or by calling the snow line at 970-268-5300.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Colorado Mesa University
University Center Ballroom
$5 General Admission
Entry Includes a discounted Powderhorn lift ticket!
We will be there from 6-9pm selling our all NEW 45th Anniversary Card for $45, discounted season passes and you can register for a chance to win a season pass!
Your mountain...Our Passion
Thursday, November 24, 2011
*Ski FREE your first day!
*Get 25% off your full day adult lift tickets the rest of the season!
Buy yours at www.powderhorn.com from 12:01am on Friday, November 25th until 11:59pm on Sunday, November 27th
Visit us at Board and Buckle this Saturday, November 26th from 10am to 4am
You can also fill out your liability waivers and get your picture taken for your season pass as well!
Board and Buckle
2822 North Ave, Grand Junction
Your mountain...Our Passion
Thursday, November 03, 2011
As we've said, our focus this year is to provide a new level of customer service by enhancing the overall guest experience. We are investing $800,000 in the resort this year as part of a multi-year capital improvement program. So what have we done so far?
- New 13' Half Pipe- only pipe on the western slope
- New wood deck at the Sunset Grille
- Expanded common area in the Base Lodge
- Remodeled the women's restroom
- Expanded Prinoth grooming fleet, increases grooming capacity by over 50%
- Improved snowmaking
- New kid's ski rentals
- New full-season rental program
- Rebuilt the gearbox for Lift 1, better reliability
- New picnic tables
- New carpet in the Sunset Grille
- Fresh paint on the Base Lodge
Obviously the team has been hard at work! We're all coming together to make your local mountain even better.
Please come see us this weekend at the National Ski Patrol Ski & Snowboard Swap.
VIP Night this Friday, 6-9pm, $5 admission
Saturday, 7am-4pm, $2 admission
Two Rivers Convention Center
Proceeds benefit National Ski Patrol
Stop by the Powderhorn booth to get your season pass photo, pick up your pass or purchase a Deca Card. We'd love to hear what you think and chat about the upcoming season!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
We've added some great new people to the management team. They're drinking from the fire hose this week as they jump right in. Everyone on the team are skiers/riders who cannot wait to get on the mountain. I can't think of better motivation at work: the better you do, the better the ski rewards. There really is no business like the snow business.
Speaking of, have you planned on rewarding yourself this season with skiing? We have a variety of opportunities coming up to purchase your season pass or Deca Card, or just get your pass photo and chat with us about the upcoming season. Here's the rundown:
Colorado Mesa University
Friday, October 28
*This week is the last chance to get your College Pass at $299!*
Rib City Grill- Montrose
Saturday, October 29
Ski & Snowboard Swap Expo
VIP night Friday, November 4
Saturday, November 5
Two Rivers Convention Center
Denver Ski & Snowboard Expo
$12, children 12 & under are free
Print a coupon for $2 off
Colorado Convention Center
Ski & ride 16 mountains in Colorado for FREE when you work at Powderhorn!
Saturday, November 12
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Here's a shot of a few of our awesome brush cutters up there in the snow, improving runs!
If you peek at our webcam, you'll notice the deck is getting completely resurfaced. And you're going to notice some big changes when you walk into the lodge the first time!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
We keep adding benefits to the pass, even as late as this week! We're excited to bring Durango Mountain on board again this season as well as Sipapu down in New Mexico. Here's the updated benefit list:
3 FREE days at each:
Durango Mtn. Resort
Sipapu Ski Resort
Unlimited half-price tickets at Crested Butte.
10% off food and merchandise at Powderhorn.
We're making improvements in snowmaking right now, resurfacing the sundeck and naming the new halfpipe. It's certainly a big new year! Thanks to all who will be skiing & riding with us this season.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Saturday, November 5
Doors open at 7pm
Show begins at 8pm
Tickets $15, stub is good for a buy one, get one FREE lift ticket at Powderhorn!
Plus get $2 Kannah Creek brews at the show. Then head to the after party at Naggie McGee's, show your ticket stub for a free well drink, draft beer or glass of wine.
Here's a little pick-me-up for your afternoon
Thursday, October 06, 2011
We're as happy as this guy...
If you haven't ordered your season pass yet, this snow is a great reminder! Passes go to full price on October 15th.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
As I type this post, it's raining buckets. We like to say that rain is just premature snow. And it is in fact forecast to snow tonight in some areas around 10,000 feet. The first time those forecasters start saying the GOOD 4-letter word, well we just get excited.
Who knows what the winter weather will bring, but take a look at what the Farmer's Almanac is saying. Well we say it's never too early to start your snow dances. Let's make sure this doesn't happen!
Friday, September 30, 2011
MESA, Colo. (Sept. 30, 2011) – Big news for ski and snowboard enthusiasts and families, alike, with the addition of a half pipe to Powderhorn, the Grand Mesa ski resort near Grand Junction, Colo. The new, 300 to 350 foot long half pipe will be located at the base of the mountain and visible from Powderhorn’s sun deck. The half pipe will also boast 13 foot high walls with a 16 to 17 percent grade.
Powderhorn has never had a half pipe during its 45-year existence.
“We are holding true to our promise of improving the guest experience,” Co-owner Andy Daly said. “The park snowboarders and skiers are critical for the experience we want to achieve at Powderhorn. We hope this will be one step toward a more friendly mountain for young customers. ”
Powderhorn early-bird season passes are available at the lowest price of the season – adult pass $399 - now through Oct. 14. Passes are available at www.powderhorn.com or by calling 970-268-5700.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Check out the event calendar for dates and info.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Food & Beverage Manager
Lift Maintenance Manager
Ski & Ride Center Manager
Sales and Communications Coordinator
Special Events Coordinator
Guest Services Manager
For details and to apply, click here.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Our biggest focus this year will be on your experience. From customer service to grooming to snowmaking, we will be working to improve it all. Plans and work to improve the snowmaking system are under way. Hopefully we'll have the cold temperatures we need (and early) to start cranking out the white stuff. As I've explained before, snowmaking is key to getting the mountain open early and in good condition. That rain last year.....well, let's just say "rain" is a terrible 4 letter word around here. Anyway, we're working with the Forest Service now to do all that is necessary to ramp up the system for this season.
We'll be hiring many positions soon, please stay tuned. We're looking for people who have great attitudes, enjoy making sure guests are having a good time and who love the mountain. As soon as all the information is together, we'll post it on our website.
In the meantime, come see us this weekend for Color Weekend lift rides, BBQ and fun!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Lift Rides 11am-2:30pm
$5 Kids 10 & under
BBQ from Rib City Grill
Sales at the Alpine Trader & Cafe
The ticket office will be open for season pass purchases, photos and liability forms
The official Grand Mesa Scenic Byway Color Sunday is Sept. 25th, enjoy events all along the byway!
What You Need To Know
• Event is weather permitting.
• Loading and unloading the lift can be a strenuous activity.
• The lift DOES NOT stop for loading and unloading.
• You need to be able to walk at a brisk pace to load and walk/jog UNASSISTED to unload.
• It is not recommended for you to ride the lift if you have pre-existing physical conditions, circulation, heart, or respiratory problems.
• Lift ride takes approximately one hour round trip.
• Unloading at the top IS NOT permitted.
• Anticipate weather changes and dress appropriately.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Existing features got a little paint job
You'll also see more maintenance work in your favorite glades. After all, the trees are our signature!
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
In just about 3 months, the lifts will begin turning here again and we'll welcome back all our PHriends. Our crews are hard at work preparing the mountain. There will be a lot of changes this year that you can feel, but may not necessarily see. Our new owners are working to improve the snowmaking system for this season. Increasing snowmaking output, even just on the lower 20 acres, will help the mountain open earlier and with a quality base. Let's just hope we get cold temperatures early this year (unlike last year).
We'll keep you updated as the preseason progresses! For season pass info, click here.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
For all the prices, information and to order your pass, click here.
Monday, July 25, 2011
The other day someone asked me, "Joe what do you do at a ski area in the summer?"
I had to stop and think; how can I make this a short answer? Anyone who knows me could tell you I can get a little long winded. So I came up with this.
We are like a giant working ranch/farm. Although our main product we sell is obviously in the winter, there is plenty of maintenance to do in the summer.
Just like any working ranching or farming operation there are folks on the "inside" keeping us in line, and folks on the "outside" literally working on the line. Lots of the things we do are routine for any area. Some are not. Nonetheless I get a little excited about how a mountain works, and this summer is no different from any other. The show must go on.
On the "Inside" some of the fine folks at Powderhorn have been working on collecting feedback from the community. This is a very important task considering we are here for the people of the Grand Valley. We also have year round bills that need to be paid, and documentation that needs to be filed. Sounds a little bit like work eh? Well it is, but its what makes the place chug forward.
On the "Outside" we have been focused on our normal maintenance required for any area. That includes having our rope and chair inspections done. Keeping up with our agreements for stewardship with the Forest Service. Even repainting some of the railings around the area. In addition to all this "routine" stuff, I have been using the dead aspen trees to create some new park features for everyone.
Everyone knows about our pending auction...trust us we know too.
...But rest assured we are constantly working to make sure Powderhorn is better every year!
Talk to you Later,
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I've been writing this blog since 2006 with the intent to connect with Powderhorn guests. My goal has been to communicate openly with you, show you the "behind the scenes" work, get you excited to ski/ride and, hopefully, make you chuckle once in awhile. You are the reason we get to work in the ski industry. You're the reason Powderhorn is here.
I love this place. Our terrain is unmatched in Colorado. I hated skiing trees when I first started working here; now it's all I want to ski! We really do have the best glades of any resort I've skied. This is also such an incredible place for families. It makes me happy to see Moms & Dads zipping their kids into ski gear (only to have them ask to use the restroom) and taking them out on the hill. Powderhorn is a great place to learn this lifetime sport.
Well, change is inevitable though. While it can be scary, it's certainly good. Today is my last day at this wonderful mountain. I've accepted some change in my own life. But I'm confident that Powderhorn will continue to be THE gem of Western Colorado. And I'll be the first in line to buy a 2011-12 season pass, because I can never get enough of those glades.
Thank you for being such loyal, supportive and FUN friends of Powderhorn. I'll see you on the slopes!
p.s. The wonderful Kyle Pope will be posting news here periodically, so check back for updates.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
This new park is located off of Maverick, just below the jump park. The guys are clearing out dead aspen trees as part of our stewardship with the Forest Service. This has to be our best recycling program yet!
Monday, June 06, 2011
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Here is a message from CEO Steve Bailey and our partner, JP King Auction Company:
The Powderhorn Ski Resort, a 1,600-acre resort on Grand Mesa, will sell at real
estate auction on August 4. The resort, which contains 600 groomed acres and 44
trails, will sell at absolute auction with no minimums and no reserves. J. P.
King, the nation's premier real estate auction marketing firm, will conduct the
"We're excited for what the future of Powderhorn can be, and
we know the potential that it has, so we're working with the leader in high-end
real estate auctions to ensure a quick and positive experience for us and for
the future owner," said Steve Bailey, the CEO and president of Powderhorn. "On
behalf of the current ownership and staff, we are looking forward to the
transition for this gem of western Colorado."
We are continuing operations as usual and look forward to another winter season. There are many ways to stay connected with us through this exciting time:
For information on the auction visit the JP King website.
Please feel free to contact us at anytime. Thank you for being a friend of Powderhorn!
Marketing & Communications Director
Here's a shot from the webcam on April 30th
And here's May 30th
Our little Plateau Creek hit 1900 cfs this weekend.
Word has it that Big Sur is running in Debeque Canyon. Surf's up, enjoy!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
But, we had a great meeting today to discuss plans for some very exciting projects. Look for some really cool announcements coming soon!
As always, I'll keep you posted. Until then, enjoy the outdoors!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Here's the scoop:
$25 lift tickets
Redlands Mesa Golf tent- guess how many golf balls are in the jar to win prizes. You can also win swag by taking the golf trivia challenge from Doug the Bartender.
$25 lift tickets
BBQ and beer on the deck
Redlands Mesa Golf tent- take the Putting Challenge and win swag by taking the golf trivia challenge from Doug the Bartender.
$25 lift tickets
BBQ and beer tent on the patio
Redlands Mesa Golf tent- taste the award winning samples from chef Randy Brown, Slush Trap Competition, Pond Skim Chip Shot- win free rounds of golf! Check out the Redlands Mesa tent for all the details.
Pond-side beach party- all day! Bring your lawn chairs.
Pond Skim- 5:30pm
Live music by Goodman Unplugged
Even more details coming soon! Bottom line, you gotta be here for this.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The Pond Skim & Closing Day Beach Party is going to be a blast!
Here's all the details so you can plan ahead:
Sunday, April 3rd
Bring your lawn chair and reserve your spot pond-side
Pond Skim begins at 5:30pm
Beer and BBQ tent opens on the patio at 4pm
Live music all afternoon
Redlands Mesa Golf Course will have a tent on the deck both Saturday and Sunday. Check out demo gear and play the "Slush Putt" on Saturday or the "Pond Chip" on Sunday.
Don't forget the sunblock and your floaties!
In the meantime, the 4 for $100 deal is available through Thursday. We've had 16" of snow in the last week so it's alllllll good!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
If you haven't already, start planning your costume or favorite outfit for closing weekend! There are no prizes or awards, just lots of laughing. It also makes lift rides more fun when you see a gorilla skiing below you.
Here are some examples we've seen in the past:
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
With 14" in the last week, the mountain is refreshed and skiing very nicely. Here are some suggestions on how to take on the mountain for perfect spring runs:
Head to the West End where the sun shines first. If it's a powder day, this is definitely the place to be with a huge variety of options- the glades, Mudslide, Sweet Misery or Bear Claw to name a few.
The shift in lift hours allow for really fun skiing in the afternoons. If you like carving, the groomed runs have been perfect between 1-4pm each day. Bill's Run, Redeye and Tenderfoot are among a few that are groomed regularly and perfect for big turns.
The terrain parks are also softened up by then and great for all ability levels. Link them all together for top to bottom park fun with some carving and side jibs along the way.
I recommend hitting Wonderbump on your final run if skiing until 5pm. It'll still have sun on it and the views are amazing.
See you on the deck!
Do it all without selling a kidney. We just launched the 4 for $100 package. Grab some friends/family and spring ski for $25 apiece. Nice!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Organizers of the tour are encouraging people to donate to the cause through their website at http://www.skibumpsfightlumps.org/.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Spring Full Moon Party
Live music by Tony Rosario
$3 Palisade pints
$4 flight of four sampler
Pepsi pong and beer pong
Fire pits on the deck
Palisade Brewing Co. Snow Bar
Music by DJ T-bone
$3 Palisade pints
Bonfire, door prizes, beer specials
Dirty Hippie Contest- dress in your best hippie garb for a chance to win a brewery tour with 4 style tasting for up to 10 people, $30 gift card to Palisade Brewing Co., or a growler of Dirty Hippie beer. May the hippiest, dirtiest snowrider win! (Must be 21+ to participate in contest)
Guest Appreciation Day
It's our day to say THANK YOU!
FREE BBQ dinner at the Sunset Grille
4pm, first come, first served
Live music by Starr & Martin from 3-6pm
Pack your party pants along with your skis this weekend!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Don't forget about the Shoot Your Friends video awards!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
It was rainy in the valley, and Powderhorn was the place to be today! Between 1pm yesterday and 1pm today Mother Nature so kindly covered our favorite winter hangout with 16 inches of fresh POW! Our base is at 67 inches now, and the weather man is calling for sunny skies tomorrow! There may be some fresh tracks to be had in your favorite stashes on a bluebird Wednesday, tomorrow. Come get it while its fluffy! Keep up the good snow dances!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
This one is a K2 SMX Freestyle / All Mountain Ski Bike. It weighs 26lbs and has suspension also. No warranty is available. It's worth $575 and selling for $299.99.
Call (970)208-6090! Come check them out at Powderhorn Rental Shop.