The Local Knowledge

Getting to Know Powderhorn

Powderhorn is an easy drive off of I-70, just 45 minutes from Grand Junction and the Grand Junction Regional Airport. If you’re thinking of visiting for the first time check out the local lodging options and activities on this site – you’ll find something for everyone in your family or group.


There are plenty of lodging options in the area with convenient and comfortable accommodations. On the mountain, Powderhorn offers multiple lodging options. We also recommend many lodging partners in the area from the top of the Grand Mesa – the world’s largest flat top mountain – to the vineyards of Palisade or the lively heart of Grand Junction.

Suggested itinerary:

Warm-up with Bill: Named for one of Powderhorn’s original founders, Bill’s Run is the perfect kick-off to the day. Take a right off the Flat Top Flyer to get a feel for the mountain at a leisurely pace. With a view as far as the eye can see, average pitches and even a few semi-hidden boulder fields, Bill’s Run gives you a sample of the adventures ahead.

Mid-morning explorations: Stay left at the top of Bill’s Run’s first face and take the cat track to Maverick. Maverick holds unique terrain that acts as the gateway to other trails. You’ll find sweeping turns across the face of this run and a tree line that teases Powderhorn’s famous tree runs. No matter your skiing or riding style, Maverick has the terrain on offer.

Lunch cool down: Grab a slice of the best pizza you’ll find in Western Colorado at the Powderhorn Pub or try one of many menu items with locally-sourced meats at the Sunset Grill, smoked right here at Powderhorn.

Afternoon cruiser: Sneak over to the West End lift to ski Red Eye – take a right off the top. Red Eye is a wide-open, semi-steep run, built to boost confidence at higher speeds (it also provides incredible views of the valley below). Pop into Sweet Misery to test your expertise on some of the most challenging moguls on the mountain.

Gladed paradise: You’ve seen the trails, now try the tree skiing. Your bar for gladed runs will forever be raised. Sven’s Bend is a short uphill route off the upper section of Maverick and it’s in the top-tier of tree skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Sven’s Bend is a local’s favorite year after year. With so many lines to choose from, you’ll rarely find yourself searching very hard for a powder stash here. The real challenge is deciding which line to conquer.

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