MESA, Colo. (KREX) — With unseasonably warm temperatures, crews have been hard at work preparing to open up Powderhorn Mountain Resort, just in time for opening day.
Ryan Robinson, with Powderhorn Mountain Resort, says, “one of our favorite days of the year, it’s opening day, the early season temps and lack of snowfall have been challenging, but the mountain crews have worked really hard to get one run, bills run to lower peacemaker open and ready to go for public tomorrow.”
Warmer temperatures mean crews will only open about 20 acres tomorrow.
To make snow in the midst of drought the resort will rely heavily on a new gravity-fed snow-making system that will allow them to open more acreage.
Robinson also says, “in regular preparation for any season, we like, we use manmade snow, we use fan guns and water piped in from the top of the grand mesa. Ideally, we liked that mixed in with natural snowfall, but this year, we’ve had unseasonably warm temperatures, so we’re relying entirely on, 100% on manmade snow this season, at least for opening day.”
Even with the new system though, warming temperatures will only allow them to open one run for now.
Robinson also says, “it’s a great part of western Colorado culture and getting together with your family and your friend. Getting that ski gear out back on the mountain. It’s our absolute favorite time of the year.”
Source: Grand Junction Local News | Powderhorn Mountain Resort prepares for opening day