It’s time to make ski plans

Even if last week’s forecast didn’t come true about possible light snows in the mountains, just the thought of snow is a reminder that ski season isn’t far off.

It might be a bit early to tune up your skis, but September is a good month to make sure you have a full season of skiing and riding ahead.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s revamped Learn to Ski and Ride program, for skiers 5 years and older and riders 7 and up, offers three full-day lessons — including lift ticket and equipment rental — during any three days through the season.

The $149 cost includes a Graduate Card offering 50 percent off any future group lessons, lift tickets and equipment rental for the remainder of the season.

Also new this year is the Powderhorn Adventure Snowsport Training (PHAST), a full-day group lesson for ski or snowboard. Cost is $50 for lift ticket, rental equipment, and helmet rental.

The PHAST program is for school groups of 10 or more students. Information about PHAST can be obtained from the Powderhorn website,

Powderhorn Resort offers many incentives for full-season pass holders including reduced-price skiing and other benefits from the following resorts:

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Durango Mountain Resort

Monarch Mountain

Sunlight Mountain Resort

Eagle Point Resort, Utah

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, Nevada

Sipapu Resort, New Mexico

Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico

Pass holders also receive a voucher for a one-time, 50-percent off group lesson.

Colorado Ski Country USA, an industry trade group representing 21 Colorado ski and snowboard resorts, again this year offers its popular Fifth and Sixth Grade Passport Programs.

The fifth-grade program gives fifth graders free skiing at each of the 20 participating resorts.

The sixth-grade passport allows sixth graders four days of skiing at the same 20 resorts for $99, which amounts to 80 days on the slopes for less than $1.25 each day.

“Colorado Ski Country’s Passport Programs have introduced more than 250,000 Colorado kids to skiing and snowboarding,” said Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “We strongly believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn our state’s signature winter sports and become lifelong skiers and snowboarders.”

Also, 5th Grade Passport holders who have never skied nor snowboarded before are eligible for a free ski or snowboard lesson and one day of rental equipment during January, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

Fifth graders who qualify for the First Class Lesson program have the option of 17 different resorts to have their introductory experience on snow.

Registration for First Class Lessons will begin in November.

To register kids for the Passport Programs and for more information about First Class Lessons, parents can visit

Participating resorts in the 2014-15 Passport programs include Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.


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