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Powderhorn Update: Upper Peacemaker terrain park opens

Powderhorn Mountain Resort recently opened Upper Peacemaker terrain park and added terrain to Lower Peacemaker terrain park. It now has a snow base of 38 inches.
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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.


It was a wonderful week on the slopes. Powderhorn Mountain Resort received 16 inches of new snow in the past week and sun is predicted through the weekend. The additional snowfall has brought Powderhorn’s undisturbed, settled snow base up to 38 inches. With the new snowfall and continued cooler temperatures, the ski area will continue to make snow. Upper Peacemaker terrain park has recently opened with two jumps; additional features in the Lower Peacemaker terrain park also opened.


National Ski Area Association has taken National Safety Awareness Week and turned it into a month of continuing education for skiers and snowboarders about safety on the slopes. This week Powderhorn will review “Your Responsibility Code.”

Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code:

1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.

5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Know the code: It’s your responsibility. This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.


The trail of the week is Red Eye, located on the West End lift. There is plenty of great powder on the trails; and for those who would like to venture a bit off trail, extra stashes are available. With the new snow this week, fun on Red Eye can’t be beat. One fun fact about this run is that a portion of the trail runs right below the lift, so you can say “hi” to your friends and show them your great turns.


The popularity of the Grand Junction Free Press Learn to Ski or Snowboard series continues to grow! Powderhorn has already seen over 450 people register for the program with many very successful graduates.

In the past seven days it has seen 120 new people register for the program. If you would like to learn how to ski or snowboard, this is the program for you.


Come up and get free ski helmets for your children. Kohl’s Keeps Kids Safe Program and St. Mary’s Hospital will be on hand to correctly fit your child with the right helmet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Cottonwood Room in the Sunset Lodge. A limited amount of helmets and sizes will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

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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