Powderhorn II, a $1.5 million addition to Solitude's lift system, is now carrying riders from the bottom of Sunshine Bowl, above a widened Concord ski run, to the top of the original Powderhorn Lift. Skiers' left - towards Eagle Ridge - has been graded. No more diving into a double falline mogul field to access gentler terrain.

This fixed grip quad replaces the original Powderhorn double, a holdover from its mid-'70s installation. Coming on the heels of last winter's $7 million investment in two new high-speed detachable lifts, the resort will ski much more efficiently.

The move to a mid-mountain starting point allows expert snowriders to make continuous laps on the upper mountain - from Diamond Lane to Sunshine Bowl - without having to return to the base area via beginner runs. There will be less time to freeze or fall asleep on the lift as the old 12-minute crawl will now take seven minutes on the new lift. Honeycomb Canyon will still be conveniently accessed from the top of this lift.

Families with beginning and intermediate skiers will appreciate the new lift because advanced and expert skiers won't rip through the easier stuff found lower on the front side of the mountain.