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 stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Powderhorn 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 Terrain Overview
Powderhorn 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's slopes see on average 250 inches (98 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 20 feet a 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
58.3out 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.
Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level
Powderhorn has 1,600 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Powderhorn'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 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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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.
|Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy Field||ASE||Aspen, CO||66 mi|
|San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman Field||ALS||Alamosa, CO||89 mi|
|Eagle County Regional Airport||EGE||Eagle, CO||95 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.
|Crested Butte||Crested Butte, CO||12,162 ft||74%||41 mi|
|Silverton||Silverton, CO||13,847 ft||100%||44 mi|
|Monarch||Salida, CO||11,952 ft||51%||45 mi|
|Telluride||Telluride, CO||13,320 ft||89%||46 mi|
|Wolf Creek||Pagosa Springs, CO||11,904 ft||50%||58 mi|
|Aspen Snowmass||Snowmass Village, CO||12,510 ft||86%||63 mi|
|Purgatory||Durango, CO||10,822 ft||51%||74 mi|
|Sunlight||Glenwood Springs, CO||9,895 ft||51%||78 mi|
|Ski Cooper||Leadville, CO||11,700 ft||42%||86 mi|
|Copper Mountain||Frisco, CO||12,313 ft||66%||96 mi|
|Beaver Creek||Beaver Creek, CO||11,440 ft||62%||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|