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Powderhorn Update: Powderhorn is making snow; enjoy spring-like conditions

Ciara and Michael Leon of Grand Junction are recent snowboarding graduates from the Learn to Ski and Ride program. They say their favorite part is riding the life and making "s" turns.
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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.


Spring skiers and riders of the world unite! The conditions are mimicking that of perfect spring conditions. With the dip in weekend temperatures, Powderhorn Mountain Resort has been able to make snow at the base of the mountain. Make plans to come up and enjoy the warmer weather on the slopes; and don’t forget to bring sunscreen and water.


Join Powderhorn on Saturday, Feb. 21, for the BC Surf & Sport Slopestyle Competition. Registration is from 8-10 a.m. with an entry fee of $15. Competition starts at 11 a.m. All contestants will be allowed two runs and the best run will be used for scoring. The awards ceremony will take place on the Sunset Deck at 3 p.m., with a bib draw for all participants for several local prizes.


Get ready for the second annual Wagner Rents Night Skiing on Feb. 27-28. Full-season passes will be valid for both evenings of night skiing. Mid-week season passes will be valid for Friday night. Full-day lift ticket purchasers (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will need to purchase the additional night-skiing ticket for $30. Tickets from noon to 9 p.m. will cost $54; tickets valid from 4-9 p.m. will be $30.

Powderhorn will also raffle off a Never Summer Breckenridge Brewery snowboard on Saturday, February 28.

A USASA Night Rail Jam will additionally be held on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.


With the exciting announcement of the new high-speed quad, Powderhorn is offering a pre-season pass sale discount to its current 2014-15 season pass holders. Enjoy twice as much skiing with a 20-percent discount. A family adult season pass starts at $449 with the purchase of any additional pass. These prices are only good until Feb. 28. To purchase, stop in or contact the Ticket Office at 970-268-5700, ext. 2100.


The popularity of the Grand Junction Free Press Learn to Ski or Snowboard series continues to grow! Since launching the program, Powderhorn has seen over 500 new skiers and snowboarders participate. March is the perfect time to sign up to learn to ski or ride with great temperatures and sunshine.


Calling all active and retired military! Powderhorn wants to thank you for your service with discounts on lift tickets and rentals March 7-8. Present your military ID for discounts at the lift ticket office and rental shop.


Join Powderhorn every Friday through the remainder of the season, wearing your best Hawaiian gear. Dress the part (minimum a Hawaiian shirt) and receive 20-percent off your daily lift ticket. Different food and drink specials offered every week as well.

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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