MESA, Colo. (PMR) – Ski resorts have long celebrated January as Learn to Ski Month when newcomers are encouraged to take up skiing and snowboarding for the first time. Powderhorn Mountain Resort has leaned into the idea of teaching skiing and snowboarding to first-timers, but with an innovative twist – guests can learn with no out-of-pocket cost with the Bob Beverly Free Learn to Ski or Snowboard program. Plus, graduates of the program are eligible for a discounted season pass and ski or snowboard equipment packages to continue with the sport.
The Free Learn to Ski or Snowboard program is a direct response to the increasing cost of skiing at many resorts and the stagnation of new participants across the ski industry. Powderhorn’s General Manager, Ryan Schramm explained, “We know that one of the primary reasons people don’t take up skiing or snowboarding is the expense. As the price of day tickets, lessons, and rentals skyrocket elsewhere, we decided to go in a new direction and design a program that gets participants on the mountain and keeps them coming back to Powderhorn year-after-year.” Over 2,000 people have participated since the Free Learn to Ski or Snowboard program’s inception at Powderhorn in 2019.
Named for Bob Beverly, one of Powderhorn’s founders and a lifelong champion of winter sports, the Free Learn to Ski and Snowboard program continues Beverly’s passion for spreading the joy of sliding on snow. Beverly served for 22 years on Powderhorn’s original board of directors, he was one of the original organizers of the Buddy Werner Ski League at Powderhorn and was instrumental in founding the resort’s partnership with District 51 which has introduced thousands of local school children to skiing. Beverly received the US Ski Association Rocky Mountain Division’s highest honor, the Halstead Memorial Award, and was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame for his lifelong dedication to promoting ski racing, advancing organized skiing, and pioneering new ski programs.
Registration for the Free Learn to Ski program is completed on Powderhorn.com, where participants pick lesson dates and submit a $19 deposit per day. The deposit can be fully refunded, applied to extend rental equipment and lift tickets beyond the lesson period, or applied to a $79 Graduate Season Pass, good for the remainder of the winter season. The program operates seven days a week but has limited capacity so participants must register in advance.
ABOUT POWDERHORN MOUNTAIN RESORT
Located near the top of the Grand Mesa on the storied Western Slope of Colorado, Powderhorn celebrates its 55th year as a scenic, family-friendly resort featuring 1,600 acres of terrain suited to a variety of abilities and preferences. Powderhorn is known for extending exceptional value to guests, thanks to improvements at the resort and a mountain focused on creating one-of-a-kind, year-round experiences. Western Colorado is known for its wide-open spaces, distinctive topography, and friendly locals. To learn more about Powderhorn Mountain Resort, visit www.powderhorn.com or call (970) 268-5700.
ABOUT PACIFIC GROUP RESORTS, INC. (PGRI)
Pacific Group Resorts, Inc. is a geographically diversified international resort operating company based in Park City, Utah whose portfolio includes Wintergreen Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Wisp Resort in the Appalachian Mountains of western Maryland, Ragged Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Mt. Washington Alpine Resort in the Beaufort Mountain Range on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and Powderhorn Mountain Resort on the Grand Mesa of Western Colorado. Among the resorts, there are over 3,500 acres of ski terrain, 81 holes of golf, lift-served mountain biking, ZipTours, canopy tours, aerial challenge courses, five pools, water sports on two lakes, lodging accommodations for more than 3,000 people, more than 30 food outlets, and a full-service spa. For more information on PGRI, please visit www.pgri.us.
To learn more about Powderhorn Mountain Resort, visit www.powderhorn.com