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Powderhorn opens under Daly’s ownership

Nancy Lofholm
The Denver Post

GRAND JUNCTION – Powderhorn Mountain Resort celebrated a 45th and a first last week when the lifts began rolling for the 2011-12 season.

The ski area has been operating on Grand Mesa near Grand Junction for 45 years. And it opened this season for the first time under the ownership of Vail mayor and businessman Andy Daly, who bought the ski resort at auction this summer.

To celebrate, Grand Junction business and civic leaders were on hand to cut a ribbon on the area’s main lift, which has been refurbished as part of $800,000 in improvements Daly has made to the area since he purchased it for $1.4 million along with partners Ken and Tom Gart.

Improvements also have been made to the lodge and to snowmaking equipment. A halfpipe is being added and will be the only one within 100 miles.

As part of the celebration, adult lift tickets will be $50 through the weekend. Half of opening-day proceeds will benefit Partners, which helps at-risk kids, and Colorado Discover Ability, which helps the disabled experience outdoor adventures.

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Daly has been part of the Colorado ski industry since 1970. He was president of Vail Associates, now Vail Resorts, and has been involved in Copper Mountain, Eldora and Beaver Creek resorts. Last year, he was honored with the National Ski Areas Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Gart brothers have extensive experience in the Colorado ski industry, real estate and retail as part of the family-owned Gart Cos.

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