Powderhorn Update: Lots of snow, races hosted on Colorado’s Grand Mesa | PostIndependent.com

Powderhorn Update: Lots of snow, races hosted on Colorado’s Grand Mesa

Racers zip along Powderhorn Mountain Resort's USASA Skiercross and Boardercross course.
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LEARN TO SKI OR RIDE

Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s new “Learn to Ski or Snowboard Series” allows first-time skiers or riders the opportunity to slide Grand Mesa’s slopes three times for $149. That price includes full-day lessons, lift tickets and equipment for any three days of the season. The program spans all ages — 5 years old on up for ski lessons and 7 years old and up for snowboarding. Plus, after completion of all three lessons, the newly educated skier or boarder receives a non-transferable “Graduate Card,” which provides a 50-percent discount on all future lessons that season as well as lift tickets and gear rental.

ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN

Powderhorn Mountain Resort is located on Colorado’s Grand Mesa, about an hour from the center of Grand Junction, or 40 miles east. It offers 1,600 acres of skiable terrain, 63 trails, five lifts, and three terrain parks. The base elevation is 8,200 ft., with a summit elevation of 9,850 ft.

Powderhorn also features other amenities, like indoor and outdoor seating with views of the ski area, West End BBQ & Bar, Sunset Grill & Bar, live music, a bag jump, a tubing hill, Powderhorn Racing Club and more.

RECAP OF THE WEEK

The sun returned this week to make Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s slopes a fun way to enjoy spring. With three feet of snow accumulated in the past week and a half, conditions are at their peak. Make sure to pack water and sunscreen.

MARCH SPECIALS

Powderhorn’s month-long March specials continue. Children 6 and under ski free (lift ticket only). Plus, buy-one, get-one adult midweek tickets (Monday through Friday) are available without coupons. All youth and junior tickets are 40 percent off, and all full-time college students receive a 20-percent discount on daily lift tickets (must show current class schedule). A single-day lesson special is available as well; it includes one full-day lift ticket, a lesson, and rental equipment (without helmet), for $85.

HOME LOAN BUSINESS LEAGUE RACE

Congratulations to team Hilltop for taking the title of Home Loan State Bank Business League Champions for 2015! Members of this year’s team Hilltop include Tom Keenan, Tyson Elliot, Ben Kurtsman, Bill Roberts, Alaina Brennan and David Livingston. The traveling trophy will be displayed at Hilltop until next year’s business league race.

Final team results were Hilltop (first), Colorado Mesa University (second), West Slope Betties (third), Stage Coach Drivers (fourth), Canyon Winds (fifth), Community Hospital (sixth) and Home Loan State Bank (seventh).

U12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

This weekend Powderhorn will host the U12 Championships, brought to you by the Powderhorn Racing Club. The giant slalom races will be held on Saturday, March 14, and the slalom races will be held on Sunday, March 15. For more information, email the Powderhorn Racing Club at races@powderhornracing.org or visit http://www.powderhornracing.org

SECOND ANNUAL POWDERHORN STRIDER SNOW CUP

Get your children ready for the second annual Powderhorn Strider Snow Cup on Saturday, March 28. The Powderhorn Strider Snow Cup is for children ages 2-5. Children will race in their respective age categories on Powderhorn’s Snow Cup Race Track. The first 30 registered participants will receive a goodie bag. There will be podium awards for the top three finishers in each age category, and Powderhorn will give away a Strider bike. Motorcycle Accessories will be on hand selling Strider bikes and additional items for the event. For more information, visit http://www.powderhorn.com.

SPRING SEASON PASS SALES

With the exciting announcement of the new high speed quad, Powderhorn is offering a 15-percent discount to anyone who would like to purchase their 2015-16 season pass now. As an added bonus, purchase your pass today and use it for the remaining 2014-15 season. For more information, call the Ticket Office at 970-268-5700, ext. 2100, or go online. This offer is good until April 30.

POWDERHORN GIVE BACK DAY

Friday, March 6, marked the first Powderhorn Give Back Day. Powderhorn teamed up with Rocky Mountain Health Foundation to raise funds for scholarships given to low-income students from across Colorado’s Western Slope. Through the program, kids participated in Powderhorn Adventure Snowsports Training program (PHAST) or the Learn to Ski or Snowboard Program. A total of 24 students were selected from We Can! Mesa County and HopeWest Kids programs to receive the PHAST scholarships. Next year Powderhorn hopes to expand the program to 50 students.

Tax deductible donations can be sent to Rocky Mountain Health Foundation, Project Code: Powderhorn, PO BOX 10600, Grand Junction, Colo., 81502.

Send Powderhorn photos (landscape, lessons, lift line and more) to crow@gjfreepress.com.


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