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Powderhorn Update: Lower Peacemaker terrain park open for the season

The Lower Peacemaker Terrain Park is now open at Powderhorn.
Dave Smith |


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 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.


It has been another great week of skiing and snowboarding at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. The sun has returned and the ski area is boasting seasonal temperatures. In the past week it received one inch of new snow. Powderhorn is 75-percent open with 100 percent of beginner terrain, 83 percent of intermediate terrain and 63 percent of the advanced terrain available.

“As we continue to receive more natural snowfall we will open additional trails,” Powderhorn spokesman Dave Smith said. “More snow is in the forecast to move in next week with hopefully ample amounts to bring more powder days.”


Powderhorn’s terrain-park crews worked hard to recently open Lower Peacemaker Park for the season. It currently offers two rails, two boxes and three rollers. Additional features will open as conditions allow. Snow-making efforts will allow Upper Peacemaker Park to open soon.

When using the terrain park, skiers and snowboarders should:

Make a plan: Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.

Look before your leap: Scope around the jumps first not over them.

Easy-style it: Know your limits and ski/ride within your ability level.

Respect gets respect: Respect the terrain and others (freestyle terrain is for everyone regardless of equipment or ability).


The popularity of the Grand Junction Free Press Learn to Ski or Snowboard series is taking off. Powderhorn has already seen 360 people register for the program with many successful graduates. In the past seven days Powderhorn has seen 90 new people register.


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. 16, and it continues on Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 27 and ends with the final race on March 6.


The Team YETI program is a multi-week series that serves athletes, from ages 8-15, where non-competitive Ski and 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.

There are two different sessions available with days either Saturday or Sunday (five days) or both Saturdays and Sundays (10 days) from Jan. 10 through Feb. 8 or Feb. 14 through March 15.

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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