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I’m thinking of skiing a day at Powderhorn Colorado next week.  Anyone been their lately?  Will it be crowded?  Any tips?

 

It looks like a cool smaller ski area.  I’m not expecting any crazy steeps, just some fun cruisers and bumps.  Thoughts?

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I’m thinking of skiing a day at Powderhorn Colorado next week.  Anyone been their lately?  Will it be crowded?  Any tips?

 

It looks like a cool smaller ski area.  I’m not expecting any crazy steeps, just some fun cruisers and bumps.  Thoughts?

 

Are you going to be in the Grand Junction area and that is why you are going there?

 

I checked their website and it looks like they got some snow, but they normally have tougher conditions than most of Colorado with higher temps and less moisture.  I've heard it referred to as "Colorado's east coast ski area" for that reason.

 

Of the smaller areas in that neck of the woods, I can vouch for Sunlight, and they got more snow than Aspen the last few weeks.

 

If you are in the immediate area, go nuts. I'm sure you'll have fun if little ski areas are your thing.

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Powderhorn is an amazing little resort with some of the best snow around right now.  The way the mountain faces it holds snow incredible well days after a storm.  Current conditions are great and another storm will start to open some of the best glade skiing around.

 

Check out Palisade a cool little town with a great brewery and the Peach Street Distillery was voted the best distillery in the country last year!  Wine Country Inn is a great spot.

 

A hidden gem, well worth the trip.

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Someone asked about Powderhorn recently.  Found the thread on the EpicSki resort page when I added the Tag (right of Post #1).  Sounds like fun.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114826/anyone-here-every-been-to-powderhorn-in-western-colorado

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Thanks for all the tips. I will be staying at beaver creek and skiing mostly near there. I have been to sunlight, aspen and all other ski areas in the region (each are a lot of fun). On this trip I will be skiing with family that is lower intermediate. I want to ski with them and enjoy that more when we are checking out a new area. They also enjoy exploring. its a bit of a drive but that's no biggie.

We probably wont decide where to ski until each day until the night before but we will definitely consider powderhorn.

Any other tips are appreciated.
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In that case, I wouldn't personally recommend Powderhorn. I skied there once, and it was a super fun little hill, but it did leave me wishing I'd just stayed home and skied Steamboat (My wife had a meeting in Grand Junction on my day off, so I tagged along and checked out PH). I'd say it's worth the drive if you're in the GJ neighborhood, but if you're staying in the middle of CO ski country, it seems kind of silly to make that commute and ski a tiny locals' hill.

 

That said, if you combine it with a trip to the wineries or some Fruita MTB (assuming the trails are rideable), it could add a new element to the trip.

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Thanks for the tips everyone.  I did not make it to Powderhorn on this trip but hope to another time.  I did ski Sunlight one day to mix it up with a smaller place.  Sunlight again impressed with no lift lines, lots of fresh snow and a good mix of everything from green to double black. 

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