MESA, Colo. (AP) — The new owners of the Powderhorn ski resort near Grand Junction say new terrain parks, snowmaking, lower season pass prices and grooming improvements are in store this year, though major lift improvements will wait until the 2012-2013 season.

Longtime ski industry executive Andy Daly and sporting goods industry veterans Tom and Ken Gart bought the resort at auction this month, plus about 700 acres, for $1.4 million. Powderhorn’s former owners were looking for a quick sale so they could retire.

The ski area’s web site had a job posting Friday for a general manager.

The resort gets around 75,000 to 85,000 skier visits each season, but Daly told The Daily Sentinel that if the resort is nurtured over the next five years, Powderhorn could average 100,000 skier visit days.

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