New owners, new management and a host of new features and improvements await skiers of Powderhorn Mountain Resort, which opens Dec. 15.

After several seasons of struggle, a consortium of Colorado ski area veterans, led by Vail mayor Andy Daly, purchased the resort and adjacent acreage for $1.4 million earlier this year. Right away, Daly and his partners went to work refurbishing the ski area which has a history dating back to the rope-tow days of the 1930s.

Most visible among elements of the reported $800,000 investment will be a new 13-foot-high, 350-foot-long half-pipe in Rustler’s Terrain Park near the base of the mountain. Mountain managers have said that building a half-pipe with terrain park improvements aims to bring in a younger crowd.

Other noticeable upgrades include a wooden deck at the Sunset Grille, an expanded common area in the Base Lodge, a remodeled women’s restroom, new picnic tables, and new carpet and paint all around. For infrastructure, crews worked this summer to rebuild the gearbox to make formerly balky Lift 1 more reliable. Additions to the grooming fleet will put down 50 percent more corduroy, while improved snowmaking equipment will add more to the mountain’s base.

Children get a new fleet of rental skis/boards and rentals can now be purchased for the entire season.

Daly and partners Ken and Tom Gart, of Gart Bros. sporting goods stores in the Denver area, have also expressed a desire to increase skier-days from 70,000 to 100,000.

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