Powderhorn Mountain Resort (PMR) is pleased to announce improvements and capital projects for the 2013-2014 ski and ride season. Guests will find enhancements in all areas of the resort operation, with continued focus on the overall guest experience. Improvements for the upcoming season include: a new Master Development Plan (MDP) for future improvements; point of entry enhancements; slope maintenance improvements and additions to Powderhorn’s snowcat fleet; lift maintenance enhancements; new kitchen equipment and expanded seating in the Sunset Grille; and the addition of an alternative on-mountain dining option.
“Our projects this summer have focused on the overall guest experience”, said Powderhorn general manager Sam Williams. “We have spent a lot of time interacting with our guest and staff over the past two seasons and are putting the information and suggestions we received into action with these projects.”
PMR’s new MDP provides a clear and concise vision for the future of the resort. It incorporates previous approvals at the mountain with private land development projects, new recreational use concepts and expansion area detail. With the ultimate goal of creating a year-round recreational experience that is appealing to both the local community and destination guests of all ability levels, PMR’s new MDP features additional terrain, the long awaited high-speed quad and new features for the resort. The MDP is a five-to-ten year plan that is designed to act as a guide for future developments at the resort.
Thanks to support from Mesa County, PMR guests will notice improvements immediately upon entry to the resort this season. New asphalt has been installed to enhance the entrance experience, and crews added an expanded 16-foot gravel shoulder, which will provide more convenient parking.
On the mountain, increased snow making capabilities will allow operations crews to establish better early season base conditions carrying the season into the spring, while additions to the equipment fleet, including two new Prinoth snowcats, will improve grooming and slope maintenance efforts.
Two of Powderhorn’s lifts received upgrades for the coming season, including new bearings on the West End lift bull wheel and new electronic drive controls on the Easy Ryder lift. In addition, a new communication line will improve reliability and lift safety, and decrease down time for guests.
On the slopes, the removal of standing dead timber, mainly consisting of The Sudden Aspen Decline, or SAD-infected aspen trees, will enhance the resort’s glade skiing and riding.
PMR’s food and beverage experience also will see improvements. The kitchen equipment upgrade at the Sunset Grille will improve and enhance speed and quality of service in the restaurant, and expanded seating will increase capacity. And, a new restaurant at the bottom of the West End lift, the West End Grille, will offer an easy on-mountain dining option, in addition to the Sunset Grille located at the base of the mountain.
“We are aiming our efforts to cater to our guests,” said Mike Mathisen, food and beverage manager at PMR. “We’re creating an easy, comfortable environment with a variety of options, making a great dining experience and atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.”
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 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. It is also recognized for its vineyards, wineries and agriculture. The climate allows for skiing or snowboarding in the morning and playing a round of golf or enjoying a hike or mountain bike ride in the afternoon. Thanks to its location, the options for exploring – both on the mountain and throughout the Grand Mesa – are virtually endless. This season, Powderhorn welcomes new and improved events for guests to enjoy at the resort, with unique temperatures, enhanced activity options and more. To learn more about Powderhorn Mountain Resort, visit www.powderhorn.com or call 970-268-5700. Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/skipowderhorn.