Go Play: Powderhorn hosts Tele-Fest Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 18-19 | PostIndependent.com

Go Play: Powderhorn hosts Tele-Fest Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 18-19

Learn to Telemark ski at Powderhorn Mountain Resort Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19. Demos are available through Summit Canyon.
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WHAT: Summit Canyon Tele-Fest and Demo Days, plus racing events

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 18-19

WHERE: Powderhorn Mountain Resort

COST: $100 for Telemark clinic on Saturday

INFO: http://www.powderhorn.com

To introduce Telemark skiing, possibly the most athletic endeavor on two planks, Summit Canyon Tele-Fest and Demo Days is going on all weekend (Jan. 18-19) at Powderhorn Mountain Resort.

“Telemark skiing is Nordic downhill skiing, very similar to cross-country skiing except the boots are more ridged (like an alpine ski boot; the typical skis used are alpine skis),” Powderhorn marketing manager Dave Smith said. “The bindings do attach at the front, with different styles connecting the toe piece to the heal of the boot. Just like cross-country skiing, the lead foot is pushed in front with the rear foot trailing in the turn, allowing for a lunging position.”

For $100 on Saturday, folks interested in trying out Telemark gear can take a one-day, all-day clinic, including lunch, a grab bag, and two drink tickets for the “Powderdance party on the deck,” Powderhorn’s website said. “Summit Canyon (Mountaineering from Grand Junction) will be on the mountain to demo Tele-skis Saturday and Sunday.”

Two racing events are also part of the festivities.

The Cosmic Devine Incline Ski Mountaineering Race will be hosted at Powderhorn on Saturday, Jan. 18.

According to Smith, this mountaineering event is a Colorado series featuring top-ranked athletes from around the world. Men and women will compete in both recreational and elite categories.

Then on Sunday, Jan. 19, Powderhorn will host the Crazy Uphill/Downhill Race, where competitors complete a variety of silly tasks while on skis.

“This is open to the public, it’s free, and it’s a fun event,” Smith said. “We highly encourage costumes to be worn.”


On Saturday afternoon, JACK+JILL — a Grand Junction-based band — will perform on the deck.

“The dance party will start around 3 p.m.,” Smith said.

Then on Sunday, live music will be performed by Morgan Crouse, a 15-year-old singer/songwriter, Smith added. “Of course on Sunday, a big-screen TV will be showing the Broncos game.”

For more information and Saturday’s Cosmic race registration, visit http://www.powderhorn.com.

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