Powderhorn Mountain Resort opens on Grand Mesa Thursday, Dec. 11
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.
Powderhorn Mountain Resort will open for the season on Thursday, Dec. 11. The chairlifts start rolling at 9 a.m. for those who want to vie for first chair. Powderhorn will be open daily through April 29, including holidays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Employees are being trained and crews are getting the mountain ready,” said Dave Smith, Powderhorn’s spokesman.
“More storms are in the forecast.”
An affiliated opening day pre-party is scheduled for Grand Junction’s The Ale House on Wednesday, Dec. 10, Smith confirmed. It’s located at 2531 N. 12th St.
According to a flier, the opening day party at the Ale House starts at 5 p.m. with $3 Breckenridge Brewery beers. There will be a special showing of “Dang Bud,” a Never Summer movie, plus free edging and waxing. The flier also listed snowboard giveaways as part of the fun.
“Then on opening day we will have a DJ on the deck and some of our partners will be up handing out swag,” Smith said.
Powderhorn’s ticket office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday until opening day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for pass pickup.
“Get passes early so you don’t need to wait in line on opening day,” 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.
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.
Adult season passes will cost $499 through Dec. 7. Starting Dec. 8, pricing will jump to $545. P-Cards, which cover a first day of skiing plus 20 percent off subsequent days, cost $58.
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