Powderhorn Update: Grand Mesa ski area boasts 15 new inches of snow & counting | PostIndependent.com

Powderhorn Update: Grand Mesa ski area boasts 15 new inches of snow & counting

Jody Kliska, a season passholder from Grand Junction, loves Powderhorn because "it’s so much fun. there is so much variety at Powderhorn."
Powderhorn Mountain Resort |

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.

SEASON OPENING

Powderhorn Mountain Resort opened on Saturday, Dec. 20, with the Take Four Quad and Easy Rider lifts with access to terrain off the top of the mountain. On Monday, Dec. 22, Powderhorn opened the West End lift adding additional terrain and it will continue to open more trails as conditions allow. In the last week Powderhorn has received 15 inches of new snow, and another storm system is predicted to bring more snow on Christmas Day.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Join Powderhorn on New Year’s Eve for the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks show. All the fun and activities start at 5 p.m. with a DJ spinning tunes on the Sunset Deck. As the sun sets, Powderhorn employees will spark up their flairs and work their way down Wonderbump where large-canon fireworks will kick off the show.

TEAM YETI CHRISTMAS CAMP

Team YETI Christmas Camp series serves athletes, ages 8-15, where non-competitive Ski & Ride Center programs leave off. Most Ski & Ride Center programs focus on training riders and skiers in a non-competitive atmosphere, while YETI seeks students wanting competition-level coaching in advanced terrain. Training areas consist of terrain park skills, backcountry skills, avalanche beacon training, competition preparation and strategy, and mountain etiquette. The Christmas Camp runs Dec. 29 through Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. The cost for the camp is $149.

BUSINESS LEAGUE

It’s time to register for the Home Loan State Bank Business League races, which start on Friday, Jan. 9. This fun racing series pits businesses against businesses and friends versus friends as they race dual slalom down the race course. Race dates are Jan. 9 and 23, Feb. 6 and 27, and the finale is March 6. The cost is $320 per team with five to 15 members allowed.

For more information and updates, visit http://www.powderhorn.com or find Powderhorn on Facebook.

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


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