Powderhorn gets green light for huge project

Published: Jan. 24, 2020 at 10:22 PM MST
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The U.S. Forest Service has given the green light to a huge development at Powderhorn. The resort will now install a snowmaking supply line, along with a pump house and the associated intake structure. For the summer season, the resort will also be building a new connecting bike trail.

“[It will be] an access line for both snow-making to Anderson Reservoir on top of the Grand Mesa and also our bike park connector trail to the Palisade Plunge,” Ryan Robinson with Powderhorn.

The project will supply water from Anderson Reservoir No. 2 as a way to expand their current snowmaking system.

“It’s really exciting to see places like Powderhorn expand,” says snowboarder, Kassidy Foster.

Powderhorn says the new investment will be one of the most efficient snow making systems in North America as it will be gravity fed.

“Gravity fed is pretty much unheard of in the snowmaking industry. So the fact that we can take water from the top of the Mesa to supply snowmaking systems at the resort is a pretty great opportunity,” says Robinson.

Snowmaking is vital for the resort to function, as the U.S. Forest Service explains that the water supply does not meet demands for snowmaking.

“[It’s] to safeguard against those low snow years and also to build a base at the beginning of the season to get people up on the hill as quickly as possible in the season,” says Robinson.

On the opposite weather spectrum, will be an expansion to their bike park. The resort will be adding in an approximately 7,540-foot Rim View Connector Trail, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

“It allows connectivity from the existing bike park to the upcoming Palisade Plunge,” says Robinson.

Staff says they expect construction to take off once the snow melts, approximately in Spring of 2020. No official timeline yet for when the project will be done.

“Just the nature of such an iconic trail as the Palisade Plunge will be and the connection to a downhill bike park, will draw folks from all over,” says Robinson.