This post is long over due. Last week, former Vail executive Andy Daly and real estate partners Tom and John Gart of the outdoor retail chain gart Bros. bought Colorado ski area Powderhorn for $1.4 million. Powderhorn, a quaint ski resort in western Colorado has four lifts accessing 1,600 skiable acres with an inn and restaurant sees 75,000 visitors annually. Years of low skier visits and a down economy contributed to its auction at an unbelievable price. In addition to the amenities already mentioned, the purchase included 700 acres of land that may be developed into a golf course.
Despite being from Colorado, Daly, like myslef, have never skied at Powderhorn. It excites me that someone with capital, experience, and a personal passion for skiing has stepped in to help turn the resort around. Daly hopes to imporve every single aspect of the mountain stating “we firmly believe that with a little bit of investment and some focus on the service side — everything from on-mountain grooming and developing the terrain parks to the food quality and guest services — we can have a pretty big impact on the market.” It is inspiring to hear that he not only has a plan, but is ready to focus on competitive elements like the terrain park to help bring the masses to the mountain.
Though it is too late in the summer for any big changes to begin, I am sure that within the next year efforts will be made to restore Powderhorn as a productive resort in the Mesa County community.