Snow Woes: Powderhorn Will Decide on Opening Day Monday

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Earlier this week, 11 News told you how Powderhorn is in need of some major snow in order to make its December 11 opening day. Now, with only 5 days to go, officials say it's not looking good and they have some decisions to make.

Kelly Maraschin and her family say they can't wait to hit the slopes at Powderhorn. Saturday, they went to Gene Taylor's to get their pictures taken for their season passes, buy some new gear, and enjoy Powderhorn's Winter Kick Off Party.

"We're pretty excited and stoked for Powderhorn to open," said Maraschin. "Just waiting for the snow."

So is the Powderhorn staff. Officials were hoping for more snow this week, after storms last weekend only left four inches on the ground. Unfortunately, that new snow never came.

"We have not received any more since last week," said Sarah Allen, Marketing Director for Powderhorn. "It looks like there's a possibility this week, but not a lot, and temperatures are looking pretty warm."

To make matters worse, officials say crews haven't even been able to make snow for most of the week.

"We need that magic twenty-five degree number," said Allen. "We're not getting it right now."

So for now, they say they're left with an important decision to make about that December 11 opening day.

"We're going to be making the official call on Monday," said Allen. "But it doesn't look favorable right now, so we're encouraging everyone to do the snow dance."

While skiers admit they're bummed out by the prospect, they say if history shows us anything, pushing back opening day might not be such a bad thing.

"You know what, we had to do that last year and it ended up being the best season ever at Powderhorn," said Maraschin. "So I'll wait. It's okay."

While it might mean holding off on the slopes a little longer, Powderhorn employees and skiers alike say they should still be in store for another great year.

"We've got our passes, we're ready to go," said Maraschin. "When the weather is good and the snow is good, we're up there."

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say Powderhorn may get a bit of break. They say a storm system moving over the Mesa on Monday could leave 4 to 6 inches on the ground there.

Stay tuned to 11 News and for the latest on Powderhorn's Opening Day.

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