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post #1 of 14
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This place intrigues me. Way out on the Grand Mesa, seems deserted, lots of moderately pitched aspen glades. Catches northern storms very well. Looks like a super primitive version of Steamboat.

 

Anyone been? How would it compare to a nearby joint like Sunlight for a “gem” resort? Worth a day or so? Is it really as deserted as it looks?

 

May be a nice detour under the right conditions…

post #2 of 14

I don't have anything to comment other than thanking you for bringing this place up. Never heard of it before and it looks like its more gears toward intermediate-advanced skiers with what they claim to be awesome powder skiing. For 59 bucks for a day pass I would say it looks like its worth a try, wouldn't you agree? Definitely looks like its worth a try. Also their mountain cam has to be the cleanest looking runs with nobody on them, and their website claims never a wait for lifts.:)

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Originally Posted by COBillsFan View Post
 

This place intrigues me. Way out on the Grand Mesa, seems deserted, lots of moderately pitched aspen glades. Catches northern storms very well. Looks like a super primitive version of Steamboat.

 

Anyone been? How would it compare to a nearby joint like Sunlight for a “gem” resort? Worth a day or so? Is it really as deserted as it looks?

 

May be a nice detour under the right conditions

You nailed it...most similar to Sunlight but with even better views and it gets hammered in certain patterns...just as uncrowded as you could imagine.

post #4 of 14

Never skied there even when I lived in Rifle. Always wanted to, but before the former Vail GM bought the place a few years back, they didn't really offer a competitive pass or discounts to get me there.

 

Everybody I knew that skied there talks about the great vibe, not terribly difficult pitch but good glades.

 

Snow conditions can be hit or miss. They can get absolutely hammered by the right storm, but total snowfall is a bit below average (although volatile- some seasons can be WAY above average). When the desert warms up, warm winds play havoc with snow earlier than the rest of Colorado- season is generally 1st weekend in December to end of March- shorter than most places in CO.

 

When it snows, powder lasts for days. When it doesn't, it gets call the best East-Coast skiing West of the Ohio River.

 

It is still a place on my list to hit, but when my closest skiing was Sunlight or Powderhorn, I always ended up at Sunlight.

post #5 of 14
Skied there once about 7 years ago. It did remind me of a small, local Steamboat. Really nice trees, good snow even without a recent storm and laid back, uncrowded atmosphere.

Definitely worth checking out if you live in CO.
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Never skied there even when I lived in Rifle. Always wanted to, but before the former Vail GM bought the place a few years back, they didn't really offer a competitive pass or discounts to get me there.

 

Everybody I knew that skied there talks about the great vibe, not terribly difficult pitch but good glades.

 

Snow conditions can be hit or miss. They can get absolutely hammered by the right storm, but total snowfall is a bit below average (although volatile- some seasons can be WAY above average). When the desert warms up, warm winds play havoc with snow earlier than the rest of Colorado- season is generally 1st weekend in December to end of March- shorter than most places in CO.

 

When it snows, powder lasts for days. When it doesn't, it gets call the best East-Coast skiing West of the Ohio River.

 

It is still a place on my list to hit, but when my closest skiing was Sunlight or Powderhorn, I always ended up at Sunlight

Sunlight is much closer to Glenwood than Powderhorn is to anything.....

 

It is a 45-60 minute drive to Palisades which is the closest thing resembling civilisation whereas it's only 20 minutes or so up to Sunlight from Glenwood.  Both places have limited lodging available at the hill but in Powderhorn case I would stay there with no options for anything to do or eat (the town of Mesa ~8 miles) rolls up the streets at like 6:30pm whereas at Sunlight I would never stay up on the mountain but stay in Glenwood and just drive up.

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Sunlight is much closer to Glenwood than Powderhorn is to anything.....

 

It is a 45-60 minute drive to Palisades which is the closest thing resembling civilisation whereas it's only 20 minutes or so up to Sunlight from Glenwood.  Both places have limited lodging available at the hill but in Powderhorn case I would stay there with no options for anything to do or eat (the town of Mesa ~8 miles) rolls up the streets at like 6:30pm whereas at Sunlight I would never stay up on the mountain but stay in Glenwood and just drive up.

 

Yeah, but from where I lived in Rifle it was only a few minutes further to get to Powderhorn vs. Sunlight. I looked at season passes to both each year, and Sunlight won (the shorter season factors in). There wasn't enough discount to get tickets into the 30-40 range where I would give it a shot, so I never managed.

post #8 of 14

View from Powderhorn on a powder day last March

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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post
 

Sunlight is much closer to Glenwood than Powderhorn is to anything.....

 

 

Well, Powderhorn is a quick drive from of Grand Junction.  I haven't been to Powderhorn, but I've heard it's a really nice little local mountain for Grand Junction.   For those of us on the other side of the mountains it's really hard to justify a day there when there are so many other ski areas between.   Cheap season passes to the big resorts doesn't help the little guys either.

post #10 of 14
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Well, Powderhorn is a quick drive from of Grand Junction.

 

It's not quite that quick- about an hour from Junction because you basically have to drive 3 sides of s square to climb the elevation to get there.

 

The ski area does have slopeside lodging, but aside from that the options become sparse.

post #11 of 14
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It's not quite that quick- about an hour from Junction because you basically have to drive 3 sides of s square to climb the elevation to get there.

 

The ski area does have slopeside lodging, but aside from that the options become sparse.

From Junction it's like driving to Loveland from Denver without all the traffic and on a much narrower and windier road.

post #12 of 14

Grand Junction wouldn't be too bad..  a nice local mountain, Telluride and Aspen 2.5 hours, LCC 4.5 hours, and fantastic mountain biking right there.   

post #13 of 14

On our recent road trip we hit both Powderhorn and Sunlight on the way to Aspen.  TR's, comments and a few pics below.

 

Powderhorn Dec. 30:  http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11239

Sunlight Dec. 31: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11240 

 

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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

On our recent road trip we hit both Powderhorn and Sunlight on the way to Aspen.  TR's, comments and a few pics below.

 

Powderhorn Dec. 30:  http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11239

Sunlight Dec. 31: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11240

 

 

Tony, I think the picture you labeled as Cassanova Glade at Sunlight is actually Joslin Glades. Cassanova is an Aspen Glade, Joslin is evergreens. The vantage point also makes it look like Joslin.

 

Good call on staying out of the stuff skiers right of Defiance.  All have varying degrees of tight trees, and the base looks to be still on the sketchy side in those pics.

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