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Powderhorn Update: P’horn hosts Australian National Paralympic Ski Team

The Australian National Paralympic Ski Team is practicing at Powderhorn Mountain Resort through Feb. 10, and then again from Feb. 16-19.
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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.


The snow has returned, and since Jan. 31, Powderhorn Mountain Resort received nine inches of new snow. It snowed all day Saturday and on Superbowl Sunday, it saw great crowds enjoying the fresh powder. “The Cosmic Series: Divine Incline” stopped by on Saturday, bringing some of the top ski-mountaineering racers in the world to test out the nine-mile course. The winner was Scott Simmons from Durango. He is part of the American National Ski Mountaineering team who is currently in Verbier, Switzerland, competing for the World Cup.


Wonderbump is always a great run to enjoy. This is one of Powderhorn’s black-rated runs, which is typically groomed to perfection. It has a nice steady pitch, which is great to break out into short-radius turns while being able to view the valley below. Skiers and riders will often see the Colorado Mesa University ski team, Powderhorn Racing Club and Home Loan State Bank Business League racing on the trail. It is easy to access from the top of the Take Four lift; and either starting from the top of the run or via Racers Edge and taking the traverse over, or exiting the lift at Midway and access the middle portion of the run down.


The popularity of the Grand Junction Free Press Learn to Ski or Snowboard series continues to grow. January was Learn to Ski and Snowboard month, and Powderhorn has already seen more than 1,000 lessons being taken for this program.


Friday, Feb. 6, starts Aloha Fridays, which will happen every week through the remainder of the season. Powderhorn wants its guests to celebrate the sunny skies and have fun strutting their best Hawaiian gear — from shirts, grass shirts, coconut bras, etc. Dress the part and receive 20 percent off your daily lift ticket.


The first session of Team YETI is about to come to a close this week, and the next five-week series starts on Feb. 14 and goes through March 15. Sessions can be taken either Saturday or Sunday (five days) each week or both Saturday and Sunday (10 days). The Team YETI program is offered for ages 8-15, and it is a multi-week series that serves athletes where non-competitive Ski and Ride Center programs leave off. Training areas consist of terrain park skills, backcountry skills, avalanche beacon training, competition preparation and strategy and mountain etiquette.


Powderhorn is hosting the Australian National Paralympic Ski Team as they train for World Cup races. They will be on the snow through Feb. 10; then they take off for a race and return Feb. 16-19 before the World Championship races in Canada in March.

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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