[R329R, Powderhorn], which sits grandly atop Grand Mesa some 45 minutes from Grand Junction, is a small family-oriented resort that takes pride in its reputation for fun amid a friendly atmosphere.

Powderhorn invested some time, labor and money to make improvements over the summer in order to keep the vibe in good order.

The most eye-catching are the two new runs added to the West End of the 1,600-acre resort. Hooligan and Bear Claw, which have boosted the ski area's number trails to 44. They are both 2,400 feet long and are expected to be playgrounds for more experienced skiers and snowboarders.

Powderhorn added a magic carpet to its roster of lifts. The 120-foot long conveyance is expected to make uphill travel easier on beginning riders. Speaking of which, Powderhorn is introducing its Magic 93.1 Learn to Ski/Ride Series, which is tailored for never-evers, who will receive a season pass upon completion of the program.

Other new features include an updated terrain park, the Trader Café (which will serve up coffee, tea, sandwiches, wraps, etc.), increased rental inventory in the rental shop, and a mid-week special dubbed Buddy, Burger and Beverage that gets you two lift tickets, two burgers and two beverages for $120.

 "Our commitment to sending guests home with the most memorable and enjoyable experience remains our main focus," says resort president Steve Bailey.