Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Mesa (Mesa County)

#32 of 67 in Winter Sports in Colorado
Must see · Ski Area · Nature / Park
Powderhorn Mountain Resort is located 45 minutes east of Grand Junction, Colorado on the Grand Mesa. The area has a variety of ski terrain such as groomers, bumps, glades, and boulder fields. Powderhorn is unique among Colorado ski resorts because of its terrain and climate. Powderhorn sits on the side of one of the world's largest flattop mountains, or mesas, rather than in a mountain canyon as many ski areas do, which allows for views extending more than 20mi across the desert below. The climate at Powderhorn's high desert location—east of Grand Junction, Colorado and slightly north and east of Colorado National Monument—produces dry, powder snow. The Rocky Mountain News said,"Powderhorn makes up for a lack of vertical with two quality terrain parks," and noted Powderhorn's "Old West feel" and focus on "families, beginner and intermediate skiers." Powderhorn has a wide variety of terrain with a few long groomed runs as well as steeper tree runs and boulder fields full of jumps and cliffs.
ElevationBase Elevation: 8200ftSummit Elevation: 9850ftVertical Drop: 1650ft

AreaSkiable area: 1600acre 20% Beginner50% Intermediate30% Advanced

Weather and climateAverage snowfall: 250 inchesSnowmaking: 21acre (when needed)

LiftsLifts: 5 1 Quad2 Doubles1 Surface1 Tow lift
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  • Went to try snowboarding for the first time ever at Powderhorn this March. I saw that there was this awesome program there called the Bob Beverly free to ride program where you can have three...  more »
  • If you don’t mind unfriendly service especially from the lift attendants and the guy at the lift line wearing some sort of law enforcement badge (picture Barney Fife) barking at people to “put your...  more »
  • Great staying in our condo rental on the property. Walking to the lift is great. Crowds are small and lines are short. Parking near our rental in the general lot is very convenient. We cannot get enough of our skiing here; wish there were a few more choices for food and drinks in the area but do not want more people around so...
  • This place is amazing. The ski school staff is outstanding! They truly care about making sure that the kids in their classes have fun and learn. Very impressive staff and facilities. Plus the lift attendants are pretty rad!
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