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Youth Is Served At Powderhorn, One Of Colorado ‘Gems’

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Moving into its second year of new ownership, Powderhorn Mountain Resort is aiming to capture the attention of younger skiers and snowboarders on the Western Slope.


It starts with free bus service on weekends from the Grand Junction area for youngsters who enroll in the resort’s multi-week instruction formats. Then, Powderhorn Rental Shops chips in with a season-long equipment rental deal of $99 or $129, depending upon the level of equipment.


Four-year-olds get their own program, called Powdercubs, that is geared specifically to getting the youngest skiers and ‘boarders off on the right track. Cost for four weeks is $220. Next comes the Powdercats, for kids 5-8 who are looking to crank up their skiing and riding skills. Four weeks costs $220.


Age 8-12, Freeriders either can enroll in learn-to-ski classes or ski the whole mountain with an instructor, all for $199. And, teenagers fall under the Mavericks program where they can hone their skills or just chill with their buddies. Cost is $199.


Newbies also get a deal at the Grand Mesa ski and snowboard area with the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s learn-to-ski or ride program for anyone 8 years or older. A cost of $249 for 17 and under, and $299 for adults includes three days of lift tickets, lessons and rentals for those who have never snapped into a binding.


Powderhorn is one of eight smaller Colorado resorts that honors the Colorado Gems Card with 15 percent off lift tickets. The area also has the Powderhorn-P Card that, for $69, gets the cardholder a free day skiing or riding, and 20 percent off lift tickets for the rest of the season. Full price adult day ticket is $59. And, the Deca Card for $199 gets 10 half-price anytime during the season.


Photo: Powderhorn Mountain Resort

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