Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s opening is delayed
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’s opening day is delayed indefinitely due to lack of snow. Opening day was previously planned for Thursday, Dec. 11.
“It’s all relying upon Mother Nature,” said Dave Smith, Powderhorn’s spokesman. “A change in weather is forecasted starting this weekend and into early next week. We’ll open as soon as we can.”
Powderhorn’s snow conditions will be evaluated daily, Smith added, and crews are “working their tails off” making snow to build off a 12-inch base. Once snow levels are considered to be sufficient and safe, the ski area will open for business.
For those die-hard locals still hoping to make turns this weekend, Powderhorn suggests trying out a partner resort.
“The Powderhorn season pass offers three free ski days at Durango Mountain Resort, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, Eagle Point Resort, Sipapu Resort and Pajarito Resort,” a news release said. “Powderhorn season pass holders also receive 50 percent off lift tickets at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Monarch Mountain and Sunlight Mountain Resort.”
According to Rondo Buecheler, Powderhorn’s ski-patrol director, though it’s a “big bummer” opening day has been delayed, there is still plenty of opportunity to get outside this weekend for ski conditioning.
“Continue to go to the gym and ride your bikes to get in shape for ski season,” Buecheler said, adding that hiking up a steep trail like Liberty Cap would be perfect.
Buecheler also suggested that folks get a “really good ski tune so they’re ready to slide.”
The Board and Buckle Ski & Cyclery offers full tunes. It’s located at 2822 North Ave., in Grand Junction. Call 970-242-9285 for availability and pricing.
Powderhorn’s ticket office will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until opening day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for pass pickup. Powderhorn will be open daily through April 29, including holidays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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