Powderhorn schedules opening day

Powderhorn Mountain Resort has announced plans to open for the ski season on Dec. 20.

“We are looking forward to another great season and ready to get the chairlifts turning and people on the slopes,” said Dave Smith, marketing manager for Powderhorn.

Opening day will come more than a week after what originally was scheduled as a Dec. 11 opening. That opening was delayed by a lack of snow and cold enough temperatures to operate snowmaking equipment.

But recent storms have brought more natural snow to the Grand Mesa east of Grand Junction, Smith said.

Powderhorn will open with the Take Four Quad to midway and Easy Rider chairlifts operating to provide access to the Lower Peacemaker and EZ runs. Chairlifts will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Additional terrain will open as conditions allow. The tubing hill will open soon as well.

Lift ticket prices have been reduced until more terrain is open. Tickets sell for $39 for adults, $34 for youth, $20 for juniors and $11 for children. Tickets sell for $34 for seniors and $22 for those 75 and older.

The 12th Street Brass Band and Destinee Reed will perform on Dec. 20 starting at 3:30 p.m.

On Dec. 21, Powderhorn will give away a pair of tickets to the Dec. 28 Denver Broncos home game against the Oakland Raiders. Everyone who purchases a Colorado Native beer or order of wings will receive a ticket for a drawing to be held after 4 p.m. Entrants must be present to win.

For more information about Powderhorn Mountain Resort, log on to www.Powderhorn.com.