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Grand Junction man names Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s new chair lift on Colorado’s Grand Mesa

Eric Yonts (left) recently won Powderhorn's chair lift naming contest. The new Poma high-speed quad chair lift is currently being installed by Lietner-Poma of America. It will be called Flat Top Flyer, in honor of the ski area's location on Colorado's Grand Mesa.
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When Eric Yonts entered Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s new chair lift naming contest, he didn’t expect to win.

“I think I picked quite a few different names,” Yonts, of Grand Junction, said. “Flat Top Flyer was a good one.”

Win he did, however. And, as a prize, he scored the first ride on opening day, which is planned for Dec. 17 weather permitting.



“The inspiration was due to the mountain [Grand Mesa] being flat on top,” Yonts explained. “I am definitely excited to ride it, and my daughter is more excited than I am.”

Yonts’ daughter, Kailey, 14, began snowboarding three years ago; he’s a snowboard veteran spanning two decades.



“She really enjoys it, too,” he said. “It’s a fun dad/daughter activity.”

The Poma high-speed quad chair lift is currently being installed by Lietner-Poma of America, which is based in Grand Junction.

According to Dusti Reimer, Powderhorn’s interim marketing director, “We’ve started construction on the expanded snow-making this month. We are expanding snow-making from 25 acres to 42. Leitner-Poma took over on the lift construction July 6, and they have poured concrete and have all the parts for the bottom terminal in the parking lot. Midway is gone.

“We are on schedule with construction at this point and on budget.”

For more information about Powderhorn, visit http://www.powderhorn.com.


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