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$5 Million Renaissance Begins at Powderhorn for Winter and Summer

Media Contacts:
Joan Christensen, 970-509-0710;
Dusti Reimer, 970-471-3221,
(New Leitner-Poma high-speed quad, snowmaking enhancements and new bike trails; sweetheart deal for current season pass holders)

Mesa, Colo., Feb. 4, 2015— Nearly four years after announcing the purchase of Powderhorn Mountain Resort outside Grand Junction by Gart Capital Partners and Andy Daly, the resort announced today that the resort is taking a major step forward with the investment of $5 million in the coming year to improve the slopes for winter and summer recreation.
Topping the list of capital investments is the installation of a Poma high-speed quad chairlift along the same alignment as the current Take Four lift. The new lift will cut ride time in half while offering comfortable seats and footrests for lift riders. The bottom terminal will be lowered by approximately eight feet to create much easier access to lift loading area. Construction begins next summer and the new chairlift will be ready for opening day in mid-December for the 2015-2016 season.
Locals and regional skiers and riders will also appreciate additional snowmaking on the lower portion of the intermediate trail Bill’s Run to assure high quality terrain conditions on opening day in mid-December.
“These are the first major improvements at Powderhorn in more than 20 years and the anticipation is already building,” enthuses Sam Williams, general manager for Powderhorn Mountain Resort.  “This investment allows Powderhorn to move forward with its ability to become a more enticing winter and summer destination for regional residents and destination visitors on a year-round basis.”
Summer improvements are also getting a boost with the inclusion of bike carriers on the new quad lift that will allow mountain bikes to be transported up the mountain. Plans also call for construction of the first phase of a comprehensive new mountain bike system that gets underway this summer.
“Powderhorn has catered to Grand Valley residents and families for many years and that isn’t going to change with these improvements,” assures Tom Gart of Gart Capital Partners (GCP), co-owner of the resort with Daly. “We’ll still have the laid-back, family-friendly culture that is part of Powderhorn’s heritage and culture and we’re confident the new lift will be greatly appreciated by our loyal guests.  Plus, the arrival of the first few bike trails next summer to start the new mountain bike network will provide a cool cycling destination--especially during the hottest months of summer,” Gart added.
Powderhorn’s 2014-15 season pass holders will be the first to receive an immediate benefit from this announcement. To reward loyal skiers and riders and build excitement, this year’s season pass holders will receive a discount of up to 20 percent discount off next year’s full rate season pass. The 2015-16 season pass purchase can be secured with a $50 deposit made between today and Feb. 28, 2015 with the balance due May 31. An adult full season pass will be $499 while a junior pass for ages 7-12 will be $269.
“We really wanted to say ‘thank you’ to our season pass holders for sticking with us and being loyal to our mountain,” says Williams. “They’ve been waiting for a faster lift complete with footrest and soft seats for quite a while and we’re happy we get to deliver that next year along with a great season pass price.”
This latest commitment to ongoing capital improvements for Powderhorn is in addition to the more than $1.7 million that has been invested since Daly and GCP purchased the resort in September 2011. Those investments range from more than $1.1 million in base area enhancements, lift maintenance, upgrades for the fleet of ski and snowboard rental equipment, and improvements to mountain trails, to nearly $600,000 dedicated to critical operational investments in planning & development, heavy equipment, and computer and IT upgrades.
Andy Daly gives a lot of credit for this ambitious capital investment plan to local Grand Junction companies--Leitner-Poma, a lift manufacturing company and Home Loan State Bank, a century-old Grand Junction company supporting local business enterprises since 1897. Home Loan State Bank works in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture loan guarantee program to encourage expansion of companies in rural areas.
“This expansion is locally driven and locally supported to enhance regional tourism and that feels really good,” explains Daly. “Leitner-Poma and Home Loan State Bank have recognized the value of supporting local recreation and because of that, we are moving forward to take Powderhorn to a new level for both summer and winter….and that is a great move for all of us,” concluded Daly.
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About Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Nestled deep in the heart of the Grand Mesa on the storied Western Slope of Colorado, Powderhorn is 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 or call 970-268-5700.  Join the conversation at

Cosmic Race Series - Divine Incline Race Results

It was a snowy day for the field of racers but there was great competition with the top Pro racers finishing within three minutes of each other. Some of these Pros are part of the US National Ski Mountaineering Team who will be participating in the World Championships in Verbier, Switzerland February 6-12.

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Powderhorn Opening Day December 20, 2014

Opening Day December 20, 2014

PRC Results

The Powderhorn Racing Club (PRC) kicked off their 2014 season January 4th and 5th in Winter Park followed by Breckenridge January 25th and 26th.  Congratulations to our young racers and we are all excited to keep an eye on the rest of the season!

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The Buddy Werner League Championship was held at Sunlight Mountain Resort on March 9th. Sarah Mathwig led the Powderhorn Racing Club with two first place finishes in the girls U8 age group. Kymber Worthington led the U16 girls with a 2nd and 3rd place finish. On the boys side, Ty Gardner led the U8 boys with a 3rd and 5th place finish. Other top ten finishes included Owen Bickham (6th, 9th); Sam Garmany (4th, 7th) and Thomas Robinson (9th, 8th) for the U8 boys. Charlie Padyk (7th, 5th); Zenon Reece (6th, 6th); Ryder Sisac (10th, 8th) and Lucas Motley (9th) for the U10 boys and Justin Gumone (10th, 10th) in the U14 boys. On the girls side, Kate Grossman (6th); Grace McAnany (7th, 8th) and Sarah Foster (10th, 10th) for the U8 girls; Amelia Knaysi (9th, 8th) for the U10 girls, and Annika Sisac (7th, 7th) and Ashleigh Gardner (9th, 9th) in the U12 girls.

Luke Meyers and Sarah Mathwig also competed at the U10 Championships at Telluride Ski Resort on March 15-16. Luke finished with a 15th and 23rd place finishes in the Giant Slalom and 31st and 21st place finishes in the Slalom in a field of 67 racers from the region. Sarah, a U8 racer competing against U10 racers, finished with a 31st and 30th place finishes in the Giant Slalom and 35th and 31st place finishes in the Slalom in a field of 44 racers from the region.

Congratulations to all our PRC racers for a job well done and the future is looking bright with all our young racers. We would also like to wish good luck to Peter Carlson who is competing in the U14 Championships this week in Winter Park and to Hannah Carlson, Noah Mathwig, Garrett Jennings and Joshua Meyers who are competing in the U12 Championships at our home mountain, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, on March 22-23.

February 28 - March 2, 2014

The Council Cup Race was held at Ski Cooper for our U14 racers 28 February through 2 March. Peter Carlson led the charge for the Powderhorn Racing Club (PRC) finishing with a first and second-place finish in the Super-G, a 10th place finish in the Slalom, and finishing with two first-place finishes in the Giant Slalom culminating with a first overall and qualifying for the Junior Championships as a Junior Olympic racer for the Rocky Mountain Division. Peter will race against approximately 95 racers from the Rocky Mountain and Central Divisions at the U14 Championships in Winter Park 11-16 March. Congratulations to Peter!

Our other PRC racers had strong finishes at Council Cup including Matthew Meyers, who finished with a 5th place finish in the Slalom and a 10th place finish in the Giant Slalom. The Powderhorn Racing Club was able to send a large group of racers with Maddy Pill-Kastens, Lucy Foley, Kate Hayde, Caroline Qualls, Aidan Padyk and Ryan Foley all showing great improvement over the course of the year and making personal bests at the Council Cup. Congratulations to all our racers for a job well done.

Besides the upcoming U14 Championships, our PRC racers will be competing at the BWL Championships on 9 March at Sunlight, the U10 Championships on 15-16 March in Telluride and the U12 Championships on 22-23 March at Powderhorn. We would like to thank all our coaches for a job well done, and good luck to all our racers in the upcoming events and we are very proud of all that you have accomplished this year!

Winter Park - January 4th - 5th, 2014

The Powderhorn Racing Club Age Class skiers had their first Giant Slalom race of the season at Winter Park on January 4-5. The team was lead by Luke Meyers who had three 2nd Place finishes and a 4th place finish in the 8/9 year old race class. Josh Meyers had three top ten finishes including a 4th place finish in the 10/11 year old class. Hannah Carlson had a top 10 finish in the 10/11 age class.Peter Carlson had a top 10 finish in the 13/14 age class. Overall out of 85 female racers, Rachel Meleski best finish was a 19th place, Maddy Pill-Kastens (22nd), Kate Hayde (38th) and Lucy Foley (46th). Out of 95 male racers, Matthew Meyers' best finish was 26th, Aidan Padyk (34th), Noah Mathwig (51st) and Ryan Foley (73rd). Congratulations to our young racers and we are all excited for the remainder of the season!

Breckenridge - January 25th - 26th, 2014

The Powderhorn Racing Club Age Class U-14 skiers had their first Super-G race of the season at Breckenridge on January 25-26. The team was lead by our 13 year olds, Peter Carlson and Maddie Pill-Kastens, who finished with personal bests. Peter's top finish in the male division (86 racers) was 17th, and Maddie's top finish in the female division was 25th (102 racers). Our 12 year old girls and boys also had a strong showing with Kate Hayde and Lucy Foley finishing back to back with 71st and 72nd place finishes in the female division (102 racers). Our 12 year old boys were led by Aidan Padyk with a 61st place finish and a 63rd place finish by Ryan Foley (86 racers). Congratulations to all our U-14 racers for a great effort.

Uphill Policy

EARLY SEASON CAUTION: Please use caution accessing the mountain during early season. Do not use Lower Peacemaker to access the upper portions of the mountain as there are electrical and snowmaking lines in that area. Please do not skin/snowshoe/hike over any of these lines. Thank you for keeping early season access safe!

Uphill access by means of skinning, snowshoeing and hiking is allowed at Powderhorn. The ski area welcomes and supports individuals seeking to exercise and enjoy the quiet mountain setting. All uphill travel is done at each individual’s own risk. Mountain users can help preserve this opportunity by following these simple guidelines:

  1. You are required to have a complimentary uphill access ticket. This ticket is available at the Powderhorn Ticket Office during normal operational hours.
  2. You are considered a skier and you must abide by the “Skier’s Responsibility Code.”
  3. During operation hours, uphill access is restricted to the hiker’s right (downhill skier’s left) of Bill’s Run, Red Eye, Lower Greenhorn, Wonderbump, Lower Dude, and Tenderfoot. You must ensure that you are visible to downhill traffic at all times.
  4. The mountain may be closed to uphill access when avalanche control, snowmaking, race training, or other special activities are taking place.
  5. Ski Patrol clears the mountain of all guests and employees at the end of operating hours every day. If you are on the mountain at this time you will be advised that the area is closed and there will be no further ski patrol assistance.
  6. Users accessing the mountain outside of normal operating hours do so at their own risk. Operational conditions may be variable including, but not limited to: closures removed for grooming operations, unfinished grooming activities, and limited visibility.
  7. Uphill users are warned that snowmobiles, snowmaking equipment, snow grooming, winch cat cables and other equipment may be encountered at any time on the Mountain and you are responsible to stay clear of such equipment.
  8. Entering closed terrain is prohibited. It is the user’s responsibility to know what is open or closed.
  9. Terrain Parks are closed outside operational hours.
  10. Dogs are not allowed on the mountain, leashed or unleashed, from November 15 through April 30.
  11. Sledding is not permitted on any part of the mountain at any time.
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Home Loan Business League

Home Loan Business League Results

Build a team of your co-workers or fellow snow enthusiasts to race for the title of Grand Champions!

  • Dates: 01/12, 01/26, 02/16, 02/23, 03/9
  • Registration: Call the Ski & Ride Center at 970.268.5700 ext. 2080, or email 
  • $350 per team for series (does not include lift ticket or rental equipment)
  • Grand Champion will win 2017/2018 Corporate Pass! Gift card drawings for each race! 

Click Here for Team Registration

Click Here for Team Information

Come up with your team and spend a day in an alternative setting for a fun filled day with your fellow snow enthusiast!

The Business League Race Rules

  • Registration:  10:30 – 12:00 @ the Ski & Ride Center Desk
  • Race time:  1:00 – 3:30
  • Teams will consist of 5 to 15 members.  Teams may consist of as many male or female participants as desired.  The top 5 scores will count per team
  • Racer must be 21 years of age or older
  • No substitutions
  • No individual make-ups
  • No racer may ski the course prior to the race
  • Racer must complete the entire race series on the same equipment that was registered on
  • Racer giving the starter a wrong race number will be disqualified from that race
  • No racer may enter the timing shack or Ski & Ride Center Office while race results are being tabulated
  • Preliminary individual race results will be posted in the Sunset Grille @ 4:00 after each race.  Prizes will be given for each event.
  • Race results will be final by noon the following day and posted on
  • All protests, challenges, and any change requests must be filed in writing and e-mailed to by noon the following day, when the results will be deemed final

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