Ski at Powderhorn Mountain, Colorado's Crowd-Free Resort

Escape from the crowds and the long lift lines this winter and discover some of the best tree skiing in Colorado at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Just 45 minutes east of Grand Junction, Powderhorn is located on the Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-top mountain. Don't let that fool you though, the top might be flat, but the slopes are steep.

Grand Junction is between Denver and Salt Lake City, so you can access the destination by train, plane, automobile or Bustang! With Grand Junction Regional Airport being the third largest in Colorado, you’ll find convenient and affordable flights that help you avoid the gridlock the other Colorado ski areas experience.

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Not only are the slopes steep and fun, but the Mesa is also a wonderland for snow. Every year an average of over 250 inches of white fluffy snow accumulates on the mountain. The name Powderhorn surely has something to do with all the powder they get.

The mountain has three lifts and a catwalk, including a new high-speed quad lift. The lift covers over 1,600 feet of elevation gain and accesses over 60 runs with 20 percent green, 50 percent blue and 30 percent black. Bear Claw, Mudslide, and Cannonball are a few favorites. Plus, from the top of the mountain, you can access an abundance of backcountry runs.

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Besides being very affordable and lacking the crowds you’ll find at other resorts, one thing that sets Powderhorn apart is the tree skiing. Much of the resort is covered with pine trees and dense aspen groves, making for endless combinations and unique runs. Some of the best tree skiing on the mountain is accessed from the West End lift. Be sure to explore the Upper and Lower Thunderbird Glades, Mad Dog Glade, and Thunder Mountain Glade for epic tree runs.

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In between runs, stop in at the Powderhorn Pub to refuel for more skiing. Sip on a beer and chow down on a specialty pizza like the Alamo. A Powderhorn favorite, the Alamo is covered in diced chicken, fresh jalapenos, bell peppers, and red onions, on top of a house-made spicy ranch pizza sauce. Or grab a shareable appetizer like a plate of jumbo chicken wings or sriracha chicken wontons.

Most skiers stay in nearby Grand Junction which offers 37 affordable hotels and over 250 vacation homes both downtown and near I70 where you can hop on the highway within two minutes of your hotel to get to Powderhorn within 45 short minutes. If you prefer to stay closer to the Mesa, you have a few rustic options to consider including the ski-in, ski-out Slopeside Inn. Closer to the lower parking lot are the Goldenwoods and Valley View Condos and are available year-round. For those prepared for the cold, camping is also permitted in the lower parking lots.

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Come visit Grand Junction to discover another side of skiing in Snow's Perfect State. From James Beard awarded chefs to the hippest taco joint in Colorado, we promise your pallet won’t miss the over-priced options at the other ski resorts towns. If burgers are your speed, we’ve got that too! With all the money you’ll save, you can stay a few days longer or plan a few trips this winter! This is the Colorado you expect!

Find more winter skiing and snowboarding activities on page 28 of the Grand Junction Visitor Guide!