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DROUGHT FORCES POWDERHORN’S RETURN TO A REDUCED OPERATING SCHEDULE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Ryan Robinson

Powderhorn Mountain Resort
rrobinson@powderhorn.com

970-268-5168


DROUGHT FORCES POWDERHORN’S RETURN TO A REDUCED OPERATING SCHEDULE

Resort to offer complimentary Summer 2018 season passes for all current pass holders

 

MESA, COLO., February 4th, 2018 – With snowpack far below average at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, the continued drought has forced the return to a reduced Thursday through Sunday operating schedule to preserve current snowpack higher on the mountain.


The season-to-date running snowfall total at Powderhorn is 45 inches which is almost nine feet behind the 16/17 season snowfall pace and nearly 15 feet below this point in the 15/16 season. The resort’s base depth is minimal as well. Powderhorn’s current base depth is 16” which is approximately 25% of the resort’s average base depth this time of year.

 

“Reducing our operating schedule has been an incredibly difficult decision but based on the minimal amount of natural snowfall this season, it has become necessary to preserve the current snowpack for higher traffic days of the week,” said Sam Williams, General Manager at Powderhorn. “We are striving to provide the best possible on-hill experience for our guests considering the current weather pattern we’re experiencing.” Despite the difficulties with natural snowfall, Williams said the lower portions of the mountain with substantial man-made snow coverage are holding up well.

 

Powderhorn has seen a significant number of new customers learning to ski and snowboard on the lower-angle beginner terrain accessed by the Easy Rider lift.

 

“The upside to all the sun and warm weather we’re experiencing is that it is the ideal time to learn to ski or snowboard,” said Ryan Robinson Marketing and Sales Manager at Powderhorn Mountain Resort.

The Powderhorn Ski & Ride Center will continue to offer a $69 Learn to Ski or Ride Special that includes a lift ticket, lesson, rental equipment; a product that has drawn a number of people from the region who are new to skiing or snowboarding.

For season pass holders who may not have visited the mountain as much as usual this season, Powderhorn is offering a bonus to those with current Winter 17/18 passes in the form of a complimentary Summer 2018 season pass. The complimentary summer pass provides lift access to the resort’s newly-constructed downhill bike park, scenic lift rides, live music, and many of the resort’s summer events.

“Our customers understand that these incredibly low snow years are rare and we’re recognizing the support of our pass holders by inviting all of them up to experience the remarkable summers we have at Powderhorn,” said Robinson.

 

The Flat Top Flyer, Easy Rider Lift, and Magic Carpet will operate 9AM-4PM Thursdays through Sundays and the West End Lift will operate 9AM-3PM on Saturdays and Sundays only. The resort will also be open Monday, February 19th for Presidents’ Day.

For resort information visit: www.powderhorn.com, www.facebook.com/skipowderhorn, and www.twitter.com/skipowderhorn.

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About Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Powderhorn is nestled deep in the heart of the Grand Mesa on the storied Western Slope of Colorado. For 51 years, Powderhorn has been a scenic, family-friendly resort featuring 1,600 acres of terrain suited to a variety of abilities and preferences. Powderhorn is known for extending exceptional value to each guest, thanks to improvements at the resort and a mountain focused on creating a one-of-a-kind, year-round experience. Western Colorado is known for its wide-open spaces, distinctive topography and friendly local residents. To learn more about Powderhorn Mountain Resort, visit www.powderhorn.com or call 970-268-5700.

 

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