I am migrating old posts over. This is a blast from the past. New notes/thoughts in purple italics.
This was the webcam shot at Powderhorn ski resort this morning. It is an unparalled beautiful day up there! No fair that I am stuck at work! They’ve gotten 30 inches of snow this week according to the Powderhorn website. The BF is headed up there today to do some fabulous powder skiing–since I haven’t quite mastered that yet I’m okay with just wishing I was there. I have since then mastered powder skiing (somewhat) and have new Atomic Century skis to use specifically for that.
If you’ve never been up to Powderhorn let me just say it’s a great little local ski resort! The instructors there are awesome and I can say that with certainty since I’ve taken classes there as have friends of mine and their children. There are 3 lifts–not including the very tame moving-sidewalk-like-lift called the “Magic Carpet.” It’s for beginners to practice and isn’t even a lift at all…ANYWAY…the Take 4 is the main quad lift which leads you up to top of the mountain to blue and black runs. It has a midway stop as well. From the top of the quad you can head right to Equalizer (black) or Bill’s or Maverick (blue). Bill’s and Maverick are the main blue runs on this side of the mountain and they will lead you to others like Lower Equalizer, Dude, Whistle Pig, Looky-Looky and Lower Snowcloud. Taking Maverick over to Lower Snowcloud is the best way to get to the WEST END!
Going left off the quad lift takes you to other black runs like Yoo-Hoo, ShowDown, Wonderbump, Racer’s Edge…Racer’s Edge to Wonderbump is a great little run. We ski Racer’s Edge then, before getting to the bottom, we aim right and let ‘er rip, hit the cat track and fly up to Wonderbump. Sometimes some pushing is required.
The West End has a 2 person lift and is home to a lot of black runs and a few steep blues. Tenderfoot is a blue run that will get you back over to the lodge and main lift, but it requires quite the cat walk to get to it! The other way to get back to the lodge from the west end is to go down Upper Snowcloud. It’s a black run, but when it’s groomed it’s pretty sweet. I hate moguls myself so I stay away from it when it’s NOT groomed This is no longer true. I love moguls now but the ones on this run do tend to get quite large. This year they’ve been good about keeping it groomed. From here you can also hit Hooker, Mad Dog Glade and Hooligan. About 2/3 of the way down you’ll be cruising and see up and to the right the sign for where you turned off to get to the west end in the first place. Head up that way and back down Lower Dude to the main lift area if you want. Otherwise, keep left and head back to the west end lift!
Red Eye is the other blue on the West End and it’s pretty darn steep for a blue! Challenging, but fun if you can make it down without falling. There’s a lot of tree skiing to be had over here plus some fun places to just play around and jump.
Powderhorn offers condos and such for overnight stays, a Sunday worship service at the top of the beginner/green run lift (easy rider) and great food at both the Sunset Grille and Slopeside Inn Restaurant and the lodge bar/grill.