This Christmas will see the opening of a new ski area in Colorado, Stuart Winchester reports for The Storm Skiing Journal and Podcast.
The 12-acre ski hill, Hoedown Hill, is currently under construction in Windsor (an hour north of Denver) and will include green, blue, and black runs with 130 vertical feet. A terrain park and beginner zone will be available, and plans are already in place for night skiing. Three carpets will serve the ski terrain, and a fourth exclusively for the 1,400-foot-long tubing lanes.
The ski hill is part of the Water Valley Company, owned by Windsor resident and real-estate investor Martin Lind. The ski area will be a small part of the RainDance National Golf Course and have a lodge at the top of the hill.
The area hopes to be a destination for families and beginners in Northern Colorado and an antidote to the major conglomerate-owned ski resorts that dominate the Colorado snowsports landscape. Nearby Fort Collins is home to 362,000 residents.
The area hopes to be fully operational by Christmas 2023. Ticket prices have yet to be revealed, but the operators promise they won’t be expensive, and season passes are expected to be available for the 2024/25 season.
Hoedown Hill will also have summer activities like hiking, biking, and a zipline.
For more details, including a provisional trail map, check out the full article on The Storm Skiing Journal and Podcast.