Thousands drive up to Powderhorn for opening day

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GRAND MESA, Colo. With some extra help from old man winter, Powderhorn is open for business five days earlier than scheduled.

"We've been looking at the Powderhorn weather and web cam every day for about the past month waiting for it," said skier Megan Bothwell who got to the mountain early Saturday morning.

Last week's winter storm not only helped the mountain accumulate a 42-inch base plus powdery conditions, but also generated excitement for opening day Saturday.

"With the colder temperatures and the recent snowfall, there's so much anticipation," said Dave Smith, of Powderhorn Mountain Resort. "Talking around town with a lot of the shops, people walking in and out all of last week getting their boards ready, getting some new skis."

People lined up to be the first to hit the slopes at 9 a.m.

80 percent of the mountain's trails are open and 4 lifts are running.

"Mother nature blessed us with some great snow here recently," Smith said. "The colder temperatures have also allowed us to get our snowmaking machines cranking full time."

Powderhorn expected to see more than 1500 people throughout the day.

The mountain will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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