Powderhorn Mountain Resort opens Saturday on Colorado’s Grand Mesa
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 cost $545. P-Cards, which cover a first day of skiing plus 20 percent off subsequent days, cost $58.
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 is ready to open on Saturday, Dec. 20. It was previously set to open on Thursday, Dec. 11, but kickoff was delayed due to lack of snow.
“It’s exciting news,” said Dave Smith, Powderhorn’s spokesman. “We continue to make snow. Our crews will continue to work hard to put out a good product, and we welcome everyone to come up and join us. We are certainly happy to get open with the holiday season just a few days away.”
Cooler temperatures and natural snow are predicted into next week, making for optimal snow-making conditions, Smith added, with up to 10 inches of new snow produced from last weekend’s storm system on Grand Mesa as well.
“We got missed by some of the early season storms that would help build the base,” he said of the 10-day delay.
According to a Powderhorn news release: Powderhorn Mountain Resort “will open with the Take Four Quad to midway and the Easy Rider chair lifts with access to Lower Peacemaker and EZ runs. Additional trails will open as conditions allow. Chairlifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week starting on Saturday. The Sunset Grill, Ski & Ride Center, Rental Department and the Alpine Trader will also be open. The tubing hill will be opening soon.”
Due to limited terrain, lift-ticket pricing is reduced for opening-day weekend. It costs $39 for adults, $34 for youth, $20 for juniors, $11 for children, $34 for seniors, and $22 for folks aged 75 and up. Pricing will increase to regular rates once more terrain is available to skiers and snowboarders.
On Saturday, Dec. 20, Powderhorn will host a Brass Quintet Christmas Concert with Destinee Reed at 3:30 p.m. for 45 minutes at the Sunset Grill.
On Sunday, Dec. 21, the ski area will host a ticket giveaway for the Dec. 28 Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders game in Denver.
“Each person who purchases a Colorado Native beer or an order of wings will receive a raffle ticket for the drawing and must be present to win,” the news release said. “[The] drawing will be held after 4 p.m.”
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