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Powderhorn delays opening

Marijia B. Vader
Grand Junction correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” A lack of sufficient snow has forced Powerhorn Ski Resort outside of Grand Junction to delay its opening, originally scheduled Thursday.

Powderhorn, located on the edge of the Grand Mesa in far western Colorado, will open when conditions allow, said resort officials, who are assessing conditions day by day.

The resort is close to having enough snow to open after picking up a foot of new snow this week, said Marketing Director Sarah Allen.

And, as much as a foot of additional snow could fall this weekend, according to meteorologist Ellen Heffernan of the National Weather Service.

“There is the potential for over a foot from Saturday, depending on when it really gets going, into Monday,” Heffernan said.

To open, resort officials want an 18-inch packed base throughout the ski area. On Wednesday, there were 20 inches of unpacked snow at the top of the mountain, Allen said.

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“We’re close. If this storm does everything they say it’s going to, I don’t see any problems opening after that,” she said.

When Powderhorn opens, skiers and boarders will find lift ticket prices there are up this season. A single-day ticket is priced at $53, compared to $49 last winter.

Season passes, sold in August, were priced at $393, up from $335 last season. Still, the resort’s season pass sales are up 3 percent over last winter, Allen reported.

mvader@gjfreepress.com

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