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Powderhorn Update: Think snow as the season continues

Children head down the hill on a sunny day at Powderhorn Mountain Resort.
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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.

Recap of the Week

The sun has been shining and many people are working on their goggle tans. The sunny skies have made for beautiful days to enjoy the snow.

The weather is forecast to make a change with chances of snow showers returning later this week. Let’s keep doing our snow dance! Powder days will be back soon.

Trail of the Week

Bill’s Run is a great intermediate run which is groomed every night. It starts at the top of the Take Four lift and meanders its way down to the bottom of the lift. This is a nice and wide run and is a favorite to many people for its rolling slopes. About half way down the trail, on the right hand side is a boulder field, which is a fun off-shoot once enough snow falls to cover the rocks.

At this point, it is also a great vantage point looking across the valley. The day after snowfall you can typically see the Bookcliffs covered in snow all the way down to the valley floor.


The popularity of the Grand Junction Free Press Learn to Ski or Snowboard series continues to grow! Powderhorn has already seen almost 1,000 lessons being taken for this program with more and more people graduating each day.

Cosmic Series – Divine Incline

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. Registration can be done online or the day of in the Cottonwood room from 7:30-8:20 a.m. The race starts at 8:30 a,m at the bottom of the Easy Rider lift and ends at the bottom of Cannonball Run.

Colorado Mesa University Alumni Ski Day

The Colorado Mesa University Alumni will host their first-ever ski day at Powderhorn on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All CMU alumni and their families will receive 20 percent off lift tickets and 10 percent off rental equipment, lessons and food. Look for the CMU alumni tent on the downstairs next to the ticket office and show them your CMU alumni card to receive your discounts.

Then at 1 p.m., the CMU Ski Team will be on site to take some runs with the alumni. The tent will be moved onto the Sunset Deck.

Business League Results

The Home Loan State Bank Business League racing series finished its second rate of the season on Jan. 23. We had another great turnout and the competition is heating up.

Here are the team race results:

1. Team CMU — 447.6

2. Hilltop — 458.7

3. Stage Coach Driver — 500.5

4. Community Hospital — 526.0

5. West Slope Betties — 528.9

6. Canyon Winds — 236.5

7. Home Loan — 349.5

The top five fastest racers last week were:

Tom Keenan — Team Hilltop

Tyson Elliot — Team Hilltop

Joe Carlson — Team StageCoach Drivers

Martin Wiesiolek — Team CMU

Sam Williams — Team CMU

The next races are on Friday, Feb. 6th.

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