Go Play: Learn to ski (or snowboard) with Grand Mesa’s Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Learning to ski or snowboard is surely a commitment, but it doesn’t have to break the bank.
Enter Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s new “Learn to Ski or Snowboard Series,” which 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.
“It’s a really good value,” said Stephanie Reynolds, Powderhorn’s ski and ride manager, who helped mold the program to hook beginners and grow their passion for snowsports. “And Powderhorn is a perfect place to learn — it’s not as crowded as other popular tourist destinations” found around the state.
Mistalynn Lee Meyeraan, Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau’s spokeswoman, agreed: “Powderhorn takes the stress and worry out of the learning to ski or snowboard equation. The mountain layout and terrain is such that a person learning to ski or ride does not have to be overwhelmed and intimidated, which is a possibility at the larger resorts; yet Powderhorn has enough varied terrain that it can accommodate all skill sets.”
According to Reynolds, the “Learn to Ski or Snowboard Series” follows “trail-based learning concepts” and “enhanced terrain technology” — like creating berms for students to practice turns, for instance, before heading down runs as a group.
“We guarantee that after the third day the participant will be able to ski or ride down our beginner runs in a controlled manner,” she added.
Both adults and children are encouraged to participate in Powderhorn’s “Learn to Ski or Snowboard Series.”
“We had a good turnout of adults last year and I’m certain we will again this year,” Powderhorn’s spokesman Dave Smith said.
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. It also features other amenities, like indoor and outdoor seating with views of the resort, West End BBQ & Bar, Sunset Grill & Bar, scheduled live music, a bag jump, a tubing hill, Powderhorn Racing Club and more.
Currently, the 2014-15 season pass to Powderhorn is $469 for adults or $355 for youths (aged 13-17), which includes “deals from local partners and free or discounted days at Crested Butte Mountain Resort; Crested Butte Mountain Resort Lodging; Durango Mountain Resort; Monarch Mountain; Sipapu Resort, NM; Pajarito Mountain, NM; Eagle Point Resort, NV; Ski Las Vegas and more,” the website said. College passes, military passes, mid-week passes, family passes and corporate passes are also available. Daily pass rates for the 2014-15 season have not been announced yet.
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