Powderhorn's new owners are longtime associates of the area. Some have been skiing there since the resort first opened in the 1963-64 season. The new owners say that while there are some changes around the resort, guests can count on the same strong standards and family fun atmosphere that have made Powderhorn a Midwest family favorite resort over the years.
The resort was named the Most Family-Friendly Resort in the Midwest by OnTheSnow.com readers in their 2009 Visitor Choice Awards.
Powderhorn is holding this season's weekend and holiday rates at last season's price, and lowered midweek rates. An adult full-day weekend and holiday lift ticket is $45, and midweek is $39. Children nine and under ski or ride free when accompanied by a fully paid adult.
Blackjack has been purchased by an Oshkosh, Wis., investor with close ties to the area and will be operated by Rick Schmitz, owner and operator of Nordic Mountain Ski Area in Central Wisconsin.
The resort has begun the process of making noticeable improvements to the main lodge, trails, and terrain parks, and has numerous bigger, long-term goals. "The overall goal is to improve the entire guest experience," says Schmitz. "We are accomplishing this in many ways, including a new deck, terrain park expansion and the many other projects we are currently working on. The most important thing, however, is our attitude and approach to everything we do."
One of the biggest changes to Blackjack's operation this season is that the resort will be open seven days a week. Blackjack was open only on weekends during its last few years of operation. The area has come up with reduced midweek pricing as well as numerous specials and discounts to bring skiers and boarders to the area on slower midweek days.
The resort is running an early season 3for2 Lift Ticket Special from opening day Dec. 12 through Dec. 24. Christmas day all family members on the same tax return get a ticket for $50 and individual lift tickets are $25 each.