Powerdhorn Resort resides on the side of the largest flat-topped mountain in the world, Grand Mesa. This ski area towers 4,000 feet above the valley floor and is known for it’s scenic western views and remarkable tree skiing.
Western Colorado has a fascinating landscape of cliffs, mesas, canyons and wide open valleys. It’s a unique experience that sets Powderhorn apart from other local ski areas.
Powderhorn’s 1600 skiable acres get covered with over 250 inches of light, dry snow each year. On top of that, Powderhorn has a diverse mix of skiable terrain, assuring fun for all levels of skiers/riders. You’ll find easy groomers, steeps, bumps, trees, terrain parks, and more at Powderhorn. The slopes are never crowded at Powderhorn.
Beginners will find the easiest trails near the base lodge. The main lift from the bottom, Take Four, has a mid-way unloading station, so newer skiers won’t have to worry about ending heading down from the top. Powderhorn has a great ski school and aspiring skiers and riders. The ski programs are available to children as young as 3.
Intermediates will have a blast cruising down blues throughout the mountain. Half the skiable terrain at Powderhorn is intermediate. About 600 acres of the skiable terrain is groomed, assuring good corduroy and smooth runs.
Powderhorn has plenty of advanced terrain available for the seasoned rider. Experts will find mostly single black diamonds though, with only one double black, Mudslide. The real draw for experts is the glade skiing. You can enter into most of the trees throughout the mountain for deep snow on powder days.
There are three terrain parks full of rails, boxes, table-tops, jumps and more. Numerous competitions and clinics take place throughout the year.
On top of the Grand Mesa is a massive 360,000 acres of open landscape, used for year-round recreation. In the winter, people go cross-country skiing, snoeshowing, and snowmobiling on some of the best trails in the country.
Powderhorn has a small base village with all the necessities for a day on the slopes. At the base lodge you’ll find a cafeteria, gift shop, rental shop, and a ski school. Powderhorn also has lodging at is base: the Goldenwood Condos. It’s the only slope-side lodging available at Powderhorn Resort.
Powderhorn is the local resort to Grand Junction, about a forty minute drive. The closest town to Powderhorn is Mesa. Mesa is a tiny, western town that has all the essentials: a few cafes, gift shops and a market.
It’s located along the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway (Highway 65). The highway connects the towns of Mesa with Cedaredge to the south. Year round the highway is open for recreation, with snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter.
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Address: 48338 Powderhorn Rd, Mesa
Season: mid December-late March
Lift Hours: 9am-4pm
- Elevation: 8,200 ft – 9,850 ft
- Vertical – 1,650 ft
- Ski Area: 1600 acres
- Annual Snowfall: 250 in
Trail Map: Powderhorn (jpg)