Powderhorn Update: Sign up for the annual pond-skim party on Colorado’s Grand Mesa | PostIndependent.com

Powderhorn Update: Sign up for the annual pond-skim party on Colorado’s Grand Mesa

This year's Powderhorn Strider Snow Cup is set for Saturday, March 21.
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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. For more information call Powderhorn’s Ski and Ride Center at 970-268-5700, ext. 2080.

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.

RECAP OF THE WEEK

Spring Break has finally arrived at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Come up and enjoy the freedom of the sun and slopes.

“Our mountain conditions are very spring like,” said Dusti Reimer, Powderhorn’s spokeswoman. “Our base this morning (Wednesday, March 18) was about 40 inches. With the forecast calling for more sun and potentially snow on Sunday, we’re hopeful to keep the packed powder and spring-like conditions going.”

Due to spring conditions, the West End Lift is closed for the rest of the season. The snow-tubing hill is closed as well. Starting on Monday, March 23, the mountain will operate on a day-by-day basis.

POWDERHORN POND-SKIM PARTY

It’s time for Powderhorn’s annual end-of-season pond skim and party on Saturday, March 21. Registration is $15 for the pond skim and all participants receive a T-shirt and a duck number (limited to the first 100 entrants). There will be a duck drawing at the end of the pond skim for a free 2015-16 season pass. Registration starts at 9:30 am, and the event kicks off at 2 p.m. There will also be snow volleyball, brought to you by Volley’s. Palisade Brewery will be on hand giving away prizes. Live music on the deck will be brought to you by JACK+JILL.

SECOND ANNUAL POWDERHORN STRIDER SNOW CUP

Get your children ready for the second annual Powderhorn Strider Snow Cup on Saturday, March 21. The Powderhorn Strider Snow Cup is for children ages 2-5. Children will race in their respective age categories on Powderhorn’s Snow Cup Race Track. The first 30 registered participants will receive a goodie bag. There will be podium awards for the top three finishers in each age category, and Powderhorn will give away a Strider bike. All participants need to bring helmets, Strider bikes and Strider ski attachments to participate.

MARCH SPECIALS

Powderhorn’s month-long March specials continue. Children 6 and under ski free (lift ticket only). Plus, buy-one, get-one adult midweek tickets (Monday through Friday) are available without coupons. All youth and junior tickets are 40 percent off, and all full-time college students receive a 20-percent discount on daily lift tickets (must show current class schedule). A single-day lesson special is available as well; it includes one full-day lift ticket, a lesson, and rental equipment (without helmet), for $85.

SPRING SEASON PASS SALES

With the exciting announcement of the new high speed quad, Powderhorn is offering a 15-percent discount to anyone who would like to purchase their 2015-16 season pass now. As an added bonus, purchase your pass today and use it for the remaining 2014-15 season. For more information, call the Ticket Office at 970-268-5700, ext. 2100, or go online. This offer is good until April 30.

WIN THE LAST RIDE ON TAKE FOUR

Send Powderhorn your best “Take Four” send-off photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to win the last ride on Take Four with three of your friends.

Photo submissions must be submitted on one of Powderhorn’s listed social media sites and images should be family friendly. One winner will be chosen soon. The final chair ride date will be announced.

“Share with us your memories or excitement about saying goodbye,” Reimer said.


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