Powderhorn Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Colorado in USA. The resort is in the town of Powderhorn, CO.
We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Powderhorn Ski Resort stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Powderhorn Ski Resort is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes work with Powderhorn Ski Resort. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Powderhorn Ski Resort's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Powderhorn Ski Resort around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Powderhorn Ski Resort Terrain Overview
Powderhorn Ski Resort has a total of 53 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 1,600 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 648 hectares, 2.5 square miles, or 6.5 square kilometers.
Powderhorn Ski Resort's slopes see on average 250 inches (6.4 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 20 feet every year!
Powderhorn Ski Resort Elevation
Powderhorn Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 9,850 feet, or 3,002 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 8,200 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,650 feet (503 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
The summit of 9,850 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.
Powderhorn Ski Resort Difficulty Level
60.5out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Powderhorn Ski Resort has 1,600 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Powderhorn Ski Resort's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 28% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 53% as expert.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Powderhorn Ski Resort good for beginners?
Powderhorn Ski Resort is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 47% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.
Powderhorn Ski Resort Location
Powderhorn Ski Resort is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Powderhorn, CO.
Powderhorn, CO 81243 USA
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Getting to Powderhorn Ski Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Powderhorn Ski Resort), its coordinates of 38.28000, -107.10000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Powderhorn, CO to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Powderhorn Ski Resort.
|Denver International Airport||DEN||Denver, CO||170 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Powderhorn Ski Resort.
|Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy Field||ASE||Aspen, CO||66 mi|
|Durango-La Plata County Airport||DRO||Durango, CO||86 mi|
|San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman Field||ALS||Alamosa, CO||89 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Powderhorn Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Powderhorn Ski Resort.
|Lake City Ski Hill||Lake City, CO||8,847 ft||0%||22 mi|
|Cranor Hill Ski Area||Gunnison, CO||7,000 ft||0%||24 mi|
|Lee's Ski Hill||Ouray, CO||0 ft||0%||36 mi|
|Crested Butte||Crested Butte, CO||12,162 ft||77%||41 mi|
|Silverton||Silverton, CO||13,487 ft||100%||44 mi|
|Kendall Mountain Ski Area||Silverton, CO||9,596 ft||20%||44 mi|
|Monarch||Salida, CO||11,952 ft||53%||45 mi|
|Telluride||Telluride, CO||13,150 ft||90%||46 mi|
|Wolf Creek||Pagosa Springs, CO||11,904 ft||52%||58 mi|
|Aspen Ski Resorts||Snowmass Village, CO||12,510 ft||74%||63 mi|
|Aspen Snowmass||Snowmass Village, CO||12,510 ft||68%||63 mi|
|Aspen Highlands Ski Resort||Aspen, CO||11,675 ft||78%||64 mi|
|Aspen Mountain Ski Resort||Aspen, CO||11,212 ft||62%||64 mi|
|Purgatory||Durango, CO||10,822 ft||53%||74 mi|
|Sunlight Mountain||Glenwood Springs, CO||9,895 ft||66%||78 mi|
|Chapman Hill Ski Area||Durango, CO||6,555 ft||51%||81 mi|
|Hesperus Ski Area||Hesperus, CO||8,888 ft||49%||85 mi|
|Ski Cooper||Leadville, CO||11,700 ft||56%||86 mi|
|Copper Mountain||Frisco, CO||12,441 ft||72%||96 mi|
|Beaver Creek||Beaver Creek, CO||11,440 ft||64%||97 mi|
Powderhorn Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||9,850 ft|
|Base Elevation||8,200 ft|
|Vertical Drop||1,650 ft|
(19% Beginner, 28% Intermediate, 53% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||250 inches|