Powderhorn: More Than A Ski Resort

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

It's officially spring and that means the ski season is almost over. But Powderhorn says its new summer programs will keep people coming up to the Mesa even after the snow is gone.

With just one week left to enjoy the slopes, skiers and snowboarders are making the most of their time up at Powderhorn.

"It's fantastic," said skier Scott Foster. "This is a banner year up here. The snow is still winter snow, it's not spring like at all."

With what Powderhorn officials call the best snow in twenty years, it's been nothing but smiles on the faces of people who have made the trek up to the Grand Mesa.

The staff at Powderhorn says the fun doesn't have to end when the ski lifts stop for good on March 30. They say they want to make Powderhorn a place where people can come year round.

"We just feel we have not taken enough advantage of it in the past," said April Nichols, Events Coordinator for Powderhorn.

Officials say to make sure that's not the case again this year, they've planned a slew of new summer and fall activities.

"We'll be cleanin up and sprucing up, so we can open up again in May," said Nichols.

They say in addition to the usual hiking and disc golf course, more adventurous types will be able to enjoy a brand new mountain bike trail designed by professional riders.

"If you want to have fun and you want to come and explore, come up to Powderhorn.

They also say a new sunset concert series, a two day archery tournament, and their first annual Flat Top Festival will provide a day full of fun and a day out of the summer heat.

"The middle of August when it's one-hundred and five degrees in Grand Junction, come up here," said Nichols. "Seventy-eight degrees, I guarantee it."

Add all that to two planned color Sundays this fall and skiers say they'll have no problems trading in their ski boots and snow pants for hiking boots and shorts.

"Powderhorn is a beautiful all around," said Scott Thomas, a Powderhorn employee and long time Powderhorn snowboarder. "Coming up to the Mesa is one of the best things about living right in Grand Junction."

"Concerts and things up here, this is a great place to do it," said Foster.


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