Powderhorn Deals & Travel Info

Located to the east of Grand Junction, Powderhorn Mountain Resort is a laid-back and family-friendly resort with the majority of terrain being beginner-friendly. They offer dining, lodging, shopping, rentals and more. It’s easy to get to thanks to its location directly off of I-70, and is the perfect place for families, couples, and groups who want a more relaxed Colorado ski experience.

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Powderhorn Mountain Resort Highlights

What do you need to know about Powderhorn? Here are the basics:

Powderhorn Ski Resort in Colorado
Powderhorn, CO. (Image by Powderhorn)

Getting to Powderhorn

From Grand Junction, take I-70 east to Exit 49, then Hwy 65 south. Eight miles after you pass through the town of Mesa, Powderhorn will be on your right.

From Denver, take I-70 Westbound and use exit 62 to access 45 ½ Rd. connecting to Hwy 65. Eight miles beyond the town of Mesa, take a right turn onto Powderhorn Rd and this takes you up to the resort.

Powderhorn is located on Colorado’s Grand Mesa. This 500 sq. mile mountain top has a climate that is slightly more tame than the high mountain peaks near the Continental Divide.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort FAQ

Yes, Powderhorn has two small to medium-sized terrain parks, located below the Flat Top Flyer lift.

With 250 inches of annual snowfall, Powderhorn gets a decent amount of snow, but not as much as many other Colorado resorts.

Yes, Powderhorn is just off of Interstate 70 and can be easily accessed from anywhere in western Colorado, although the drive may be lengthy.

Yes, 70% of the terrain at Powderhorn is marked beginner or intermediate, making it a great place for new skiers. 

Powdernhorn is not as big or challenging as some other larger resorts, but there is still plenty of advanced terrain to satisfy expert skiers.

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powderhorn trail map

You may view the full-resolution trail map here.

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Looking down towards the base area at Powderhorn and out onto the Grand Mesa. Image: James Michael Thomas

Tips for Skiing & Riding Powderhorn

Look for the rock fields. These areas are marked as hazardous, but depending on the snow cover, these areas can be a lot of fun to ski and ride. When the rocks are covered with snow you can jump and jib. When there is less snow, you can weave around the boulders and find a pathway through them. The biggest of these rock fields is located on the far skier’s left side of Sven’s Bend.

Some of the best skiing on the mountain is under the first chair, Flat Top Flyer. For great mid-angle tree skiing with well-spaced trees, explore the glades directly under the lift and skiers right towards the resort boundary.