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Powderhorn Update: Spring skiing has arrived on Colorado’s Grand Mesa

Sam Godfrey of Fruita recently graduated from Powderhorn's Grand Junction Free Press Learn to Ski or Snowboard series. He is learning how to snowboard.
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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 skiing has come early to Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Pass holders and visitors have been enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures by skiing and riding in T-shirts. Come on up and enjoy these great conditions while they last; and don’t forget your sunscreen.


Friday, Feb. 6, ushered in the third race of the Home Loan State Bank Business League series; and with it brought a change in team rankings. After an exciting afternoon of racing, Colorado Mesa University was dethroned as the current team leader by Hilltop. Current team standings are as follows in order: Hilltop, Colorado Mesa University, Stage Coach Drivers, Community Hospital, West Slope Betties, Canyon Winds and Home Loan. The top 5 male racers include Tom Kennan (Hilltop), Tyson Elliot (Hilltop), Steve Jozefczyk (Community Hospital), Ben Kurtsman (Hilltop) and Shane Wenzel (Colorado Mesa University). The top 5 female racers include Tara Brosig (West Slope Betties), Stephanie Reynolds (Hilltop), Amy Carmichael (Hilltop) and Sara Landis (West Slope Betties).


For Valentine’s Day, Powderhorn is offering a special deal: get a two-hour private lesson for two (two full-day adult lift tickets and a personalized card) for $149. Reservations are recommended. For details, contact the Ski and Ride Center at 970-268-5700, ext. 2080, or email at src@powderhorn.com.


Get ready for the 2nd 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 a night-skiing ticket for $30. Tickets from noon to 9 p.m. will cost $54; tickets valid from 4-9 p.m. will cost $30.

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

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


With Powderhorn’s recent announcement of its new high-speed quad chair lift, it is offering a pre-season pass sale discount to current 2014-15 season pass holders. These prices are good until Feb. 28, 2015. A full-season pass for adults costs $499. For a full listing of pricing and products, visit http://www.powderhorn.com, call 970-268-5700 (ext. 2100) or stop by the ticket office.


The popularity of the Grand Junction Free Press Learn to Ski or Snowboard series continues to grow. Since launching the program, Powerhorn has hosted over 500 new skiers and snowboarders.


Every Friday is Aloha Friday. 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 a daily lift ticket. Food and drink specials are available as well.


This weekend marks the start of the last five-week series — Feb. 14 through March 15. Powderhorn’s Team YETI program is for ages 8-15. Training consists of terrain-park skills, back-country skills, avalanche beacon training, competition preparation and strategy and mountain etiquette.

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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