Powderhorn sees unusually early opening day

Employees hold opening day banner as first lift riders prepare to break through
Employees hold opening day banner as first lift riders prepare to break through(KKCO / KJCT)
Published: Nov. 25, 2022 at 8:33 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Ski resorts across the state are still in the early stages of opening, but one resort on the Western Slope is ahead of schedule.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort opened on Friday, Nov. 25, making it one of the earliest opening dates for the resort. “We normally open around mid-December. The past couple of years, we have opened within the first week of December,” said Ryan Schramm, General Manager of Powderhorn Mountain Resort.

Every opening season, a group of four people reserve their spot for the first lift of the season. Powderhorn places an opening day banner across the chairlift, where the first riders can break through as they go up the lift.

Schramm mentioned that heavy snowfall they received in October combined with three major winter storms gave the resort a total of 51 inches of snow. As of Friday, the resort had a base depth of 31 inches. He also mentions that the resort received a snowcat, and with the help of their snowmaking machines and snow team, it made the early opening possible.

Powderhorn will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As of opening day, Flat Top Flyer is the only route open. However, the resort hopes to open more trails and lifts as the weather permits. For all information regarding trail status and lift operations, you can head to Powderhorn’s website.