Novices, hit the slopes!
Powderhorn out to set record with giant lesson
Great snow, a new high-speed lift and maybe a world record.
It’s been quite a month for Powderhorn Mountain Resort.
After opening earlier than expected on Dec. 4, thanks to some good early snow, Powderhorn has enjoyed a good start to the ski and snowboard season.
The day after Christmas was a record-breaking day for the resort with more than 1,800 people on the mountain. Last year, the biggest day was about 1,500.
Now, on Friday, the resort will go for the record books in another way.
Powderhorn will attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records by having the largest ski and snowboard lesson.
“I’m taking my two kids up,” said Sarah James of Grand Junction. “We just moved here and my kids are 5 and 8, and I’ve been wanting to get them lessons. It would be pretty cool to be part of that.”
More than 150 resorts across the nation will be competing to break four different world records titles: Largest Ski Lesson at a single venue, Largest Snowboard Lesson at a single venue, Largest Ski Lesson at multi-venues, and Largest Snowboard Lesson at multi-venues.
Powderhorn will be offering a special rate for any level-one beginners, ages 8 and up, who would like to participate. The $50 cost will give beginners a full-day lesson, rentals, a helmet and EZ Rider lift ticket. This rate is valid only on Friday.
Registration needs to be completed by Thursday to be eligible for the special Guinness Book Lesson rate.
“This is the perfect way to kick off January’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard month,” said Stephanie Reynolds, Ski and Ride Center director for Powderhorn.
“We are excited to have our Grand Valley join in and participate in this exciting event, and hopefully learn a fun, healthy, lifelong sport.”
The resort now has a 53-inch base and 100 percent of the mountain is open.
Resort spokeswoman Dusti Reimer said the December snowfall has made for a great opening to the season.
She said the resort is currently tied for fourth in the nation with its 53 inches of snow at the base.
“We received 14 inches of snow on Christmas Day, which led to high numbers the day after Christmas,” she said on Thursday.
“We’ve been steady with lessons and programs all week and are expecting high volume numbers for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day through the weekend.”
For more information, go to http://www.powderhorn.com/events/guinness-book-world-records-largest-ski-snowboard-lesson or http://www.facebook.com/skipowderhorn.