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Powderhorn Update: Old-School Slopestyle Event hosted Saturday

Powderhorn's Equalizer run offers bumps, groomed terrain and great views.
Powderhorn Mountain Resort |


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 was another beautiful week of skiing and snowboarding at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. The weather will continue to be nice with partly sunny skies. Hopefully Powderhorn will start to see more storm systems ushering more snow next week.


Located off the Take Four Quad chair lift, Equalizer is filled with moguls and some of the best views on the mountain. Last spring, the trail was widened and a tree island was added at the top. One great thing about this run is its consistent pitch coming off the headwall; then it mellows out at the bottom and is groomed nightly.


The popularity of the Grand Junction Free Press Learn to Ski or Snowboard series continues to grow! Powderhorn has already seen almost 900 lessons being taken for this program with more and more people graduating each day.


January is Learn to Ski or Snowboard month, when venues across the nation offer great deals for those who would like to try the sport; Powderhorn is one of the participating resorts. See the “Learn to Ski or Ride” box on the page for more information.


The First Old-School Slopestyle Event will happen on Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Lower Peacemaker Terrain Park. This unique event pits skier versus skier and snowboarder versus snowboarder in who can pull off the best old-school tricks, from daffies, spread eagles, twisters, mute grabs and any trick that started the free-riding style.

Registration will start at 8 a.m. in the Cottonwood room. A discounted lift ticket will be available for any participants. Categories span skiers and snowboarders, 12 and under, 13-17 and 18 and over. Helmets are required and judging will be based on their style and creativity.


The Divine Incline returns on Saturday, Jan. 31. This endurance event will start at the bottom of the Easy Rider chair lift, having competitors either skin or snowshoe to the top of the resort. There will be two courses — a full course which gains over 4,000 feet of elevation, and a recreational course covering just over 3,000 feet of elevation gain.

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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