Powderhorn Ski Resort

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 pass 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 with with Powderhorn Ski Resort.

Powderhorn Ski Resort Lodging:

Powderhorn Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Powderhorn Ski Resort has a total of 53 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 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, 3 square miles, or 6 square kilometers.

Powderhorn Ski Resort's slopes see on average 250 inches (98 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 20 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
1,600(6 km2)
Annual Snowfall
250"(98 cm)

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.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
9,850'(3,002 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,650'(503 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
8,200'(2,499 m)

Powderhorn Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
58.2out of 100
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Powderhorn Ski Resort's difficulty level of 58.2 is above average. 81% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


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.

Skiiable 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.
19%(304 acres)

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.

Blue Square
28%(448 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
53%(848 acres)

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 nearby the town of Powderhorn, CO.

Powderhorn, CO 81243 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
38.28000, -107.10000

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 AirportDENDenver, CO170 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 FieldASEAspen, CO66 mi
San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman FieldALSAlamosa, CO89 mi
Eagle County Regional AirportEGEEagle, CO95 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.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Crested ButteCrested Butte, CO12,162 ft74%41 mi
SilvertonSilverton, CO13,847 ft100%44 mi
Kendall Mountain Ski AreaSilverton, CO9,596 ft19%44 mi
MonarchSalida, CO11,952 ft51%45 mi
TellurideTelluride, CO13,320 ft89%46 mi
Wolf CreekPagosa Springs, CO11,904 ft50%58 mi
Aspen SnowmassSnowmass Village, CO12,510 ft86%63 mi
Aspen Highlands Ski ResortAspen, CO11,675 ft93%64 mi
Aspen Mountain Ski ResortAspen, CO11,212 ft79%64 mi
PurgatoryDurango, CO10,822 ft51%74 mi
SunlightGlenwood Springs, CO9,895 ft51%78 mi
Chapman Hill Ski AreaDurango, CO6,555 ft49%81 mi
Hesperus Ski AreaHesperus, CO8,888 ft47%85 mi
Ski CooperLeadville, CO11,700 ft42%86 mi
Copper MountainFrisco, CO12,313 ft66%96 mi
Beaver CreekBeaver Creek, CO11,440 ft62%97 mi

Powderhorn Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation9,850 ft
Base Elevation8,200 ft
Vertical Drop1,650 ft
(19% Beginner,  28% Intermediate,  53% Expert)
Skiable Acres1,600
Avg. Annual Snowfall250 inches
Powderhorn Ski Resort Mountain Stats