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What’s New at Big Powderhorn Mountain

2008-09 UPDATE

Most people think we’ve got it made in the summer. The reality is that we work hard and try to get all of our projects finished before the snow starts flying again. Below are some of the changes that you should notice around here this year.

Racing: Last year we invested in some new wireless timing gear and let our snowsports instructors experiment with some fun races in various locations around the hill. This year we are bringing regularly scheduled racing back to Big Powderhorn. Sundays will be the day to look for a chance to race and for a modest fee you can race against the clock, a friend or your whole family. Most of the time the course will be set on Dynamite Trail but we will also be mixing it up with other locations around the mountain to keep it interesting and test your ability to adapt to different terrain. If you have a group that would like to race on a different day or have your own private race, give our Snowsports School a call and see what they can do for you.

Terrain Parks: Last year we added some rails and fun boxes to our parks. This year we are fine tuning our system and adding a couple new items. Our park design team will be setting up Oxbow Park to have a good mix of features in the beginner to intermediate range and Powderkeg Park will be geared more for intermediate to advanced riders. Even though Oxbow is geared to be a bit less challenging, it does have a couple of the biggest rails in the Midwest if not the country. Our straight rail is over 115 feet long and the rainbow is an arch that is over 65 feet long and can reach over 7 feet above the snow depending on the amount of snow we have and how it’s groomed.

Trails: Last year Katie’s Catwalk became the newest, steepest, and narrowest downhill trail at Big Powderhorn. This year we fine tuned it a little more and bought a special snow gun just to blow snow in this tight area. This should make for some great conditions on this double black diamond trail for those of you with the ability to ski it.

Children Ski Free: With every adult lift ticket purchased, you can get a child’s (9 & under) lift ticket for free! The child’s ticket must be requested at the time of the adult ticket purchase and it must be for the same number of days and the same dates. The savings from this deal can save more than enough money to pay for the gas for the entire trip!

Wine Huts: Big Powderhorn now offers three cozy trailside huts for your private lunches or get-togethers on the mountain during your ski day. We provide the fire, grill, charcoal, and staff to transport your food to the huts for a very nominal fee ($20). Call ahead to reserve your hut or to get more details on this popular option.

Hill Hopper Lift Tickets: Big Powderhorn is working closely with Indianhead ski area to bring you the Big Snow Country “Hill Hopper” lift ticket. The Hill Hopper has become a truly interchangeable lift ticket! There are no more vouchers to be redeemed each day and you don’t need to visit the ticket office to change hills. One visit to a ticket counter is all that is needed for your entire stay. Because of this change in format the Hill Hopper must be used in consecutive days. Hill Hoppers may be purchased as 1, 2, 3 or 4 day packages and you qualify for a FREE child (9 & under) package with each adult package purchased. Both the adult and child Hill Hopper must be for the same number of days and the free child package must be purchased at the same time as the adult package. The Hill Hopper may be purchased at each of the resorts ticket counters or over the web at the www.bigsnow.com website.

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Big Powderhorn Mountain – March 15, 2008

03/15 – A gung-ho group of carnival costumers.

03/15 – A daring group of egg chuckers gives it their all.

03/15 – Eager penguin wanna-bees get ready to race.

03/15 – If only real penguins could have this much fun!

Time For Some Spring Skiing Fun…
The calendar says that the first day of spring is right around the corner but we still have a LOT of snow and the conditions are very good. Even though the forecast is calling for milder temperatures, we still have some more snow coming our way. We’ve been having plenty of fun at both Hawaii and Carnival weekends with all of their associated events. If you’re looking for something to do with the family during the kids spring break, come on up to Big Snow Country for a great time!

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Big Powderhorn Mountain – SPRING CARNIVAL – March 15!

Join us for SPRING CARNIVAL March 15! Prizes for costumes, events on the mountain. Fun for all!

CARIBOU LODGE features brand new mouthwatering menu! Open nightly except Tuesdays/Wednesdays.

SNOWFLAKE BAR & GRILL serves delicious baskets, sandwiches, & wraps from 11-6 daily (till 8pm on Tuesdays).


Big Powderhorn Mountain – February in Big Snow Country

February Skiing at Big Powderhorn Mountain …
February tends to be one of the best months of the winter – the days are getting longer and the sun is a bit stronger. The great part is that we still get plenty of fresh snow to keep a nice snow surface. We just finished with another round of snowmaking to get a few more features going in our terrain parks and to get some reserves built-up for this spring. Easter is coming early this year – it should be a great time!

Feb. 02 – A nice crowd formed early for our Country Kicker / Mardi Gras weekend.

Feb. 03 – The sun came out on Sunday and made it a great day.

Feb. 06 – We fired up the snow guns to touch-up the terrain parks and build some spring snow reserves.

Feb. 11 – The morning sun makes Alpen trail shine.

Feb. 11 – Looking down Smoke after some fresh snowfall.

Feb. 11 – Getting ready to ski down Tamarou while checking out the Copper Peak ski jump in the background.

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