Powderhorn Update: Grand Mesa ski area boasts 25 inches of new snow | PostIndependent.com

Powderhorn Update: Grand Mesa ski area boasts 25 inches of new snow

Powderhorn Mountain Resort will close on Monday, March 23. After the ski area closes, a Poma high-speed quad chairlift will be installed in place of the current Take Four lift.
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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.

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.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort reported a great week of skiing and snowboarding. Snow continues to fall, which lends to improved terrain snow coverage. Additional trails will open as conditions allow. As of Tuesday, Dec. 30, Powderhorn is 75 percent open; it received 25 inches of new snow in the past seven days, making for great conditions. There is a 31-inch mid-mountain base.

Powderhorn’s tubing hill is now open for the season and will be operating daily through Jan. 4. Then it will operate on weekends through the remainder of the season. There are three different sessions available: 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.

INSTAGRADS

The popularity of the Grand Junction Free Press Learn to Ski or Snowboard Series is taking off. Powderhorn has already had many graduates in the program who are now enjoying their time one the slopes with family and friends. With their graduation from the three-day series of lessons, they have earned a Graduate Card which provides them 50 percent off lift tickets, rental equipment and lessons for the remainder of the season.

BUSINESS LEAGUE

Now is the time to get your team of five to 15 people signed up for the Home Loan State Bank Business League races. The racing series kicks off on Friday, Jan. 9 and continues on Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 27 and ends with the final race on March 6.

ADULT PROGRAMS

The Ski and Ride Center at Powderhorn has three great weekly events for adult skiers and snowboarders.

Tuesday is Ski and Ride Like a Girl! Join other women in exploring various terrain in a comfortable, non-competitive environment. Powderhorn’s skilled female instructors will help you achieve your goals in either skiing or snowboarding. The clinic meets every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon with lunch following. Don’t miss an opportunity to meet new friends with common interest and goals.

Wednesday is Telemark Wednesdays. Experience the joy and freedom of releasing your heels down the hill. This clinic is geared for all levels — beginners to advanced — and it meets every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Thursday hosts the ever popular Young at Heart group. Powderhorn welcomes all skiers over the “young” age of 50. Powderhorn guides will place an emphasis on fun and building camaraderie.

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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