Guest blogger Sara’s writing can be found at Lunacy. Here she is sledding with her son outside the condo at Powderhorn. Check out her review and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets! (**See details below.)
I was so excited for our weekend trip to Powderhorn, but I honestly didn’t know what to expect. We live in Evergreen, so we’re used to skiing Summit County resorts – miles of back bowls at Vail, crammed in the free shuttle bus at Breckenridge so that we don’t have pay to park, you get the idea. Big! Big mountains, big resorts, big crowds – big everything!
Let me preface all of this by saying that my husband loves to ski. He’s made it his goal to ski in every month of the calendar year. He tacks two extra hours onto a business trip so that he can take one run at Alyeska just so he can check Alaska off of his skiing bucket list.
When I told him that we were going to Powderhorn, I wasn’t sure how he would react. In all of his hours spent dreaming about skiing, I didn’t think that this little resort atop a mesa just outside of Grand Junction had ever floated through his mind. But as the weekend got closer, we both knew how exciting it would be to share another set of ski experiences with our burgeoning skiers, Alex (4 1/2) and Ben (2 1/2).
We drove from Evergreen to Palisade on Friday afternoon. The drive was easy – a total of four hours with potty stops for the kiddos. We’ve always loved the wineries in Palisade, and knew we’d be cutting it close to get in a couple of tastings, but we arrived ahead of schedule. St. Kathryn Cellars is just off the highway as you drive into town. I’m not usually one for fruit wines – I’ll take my wine made with grapes only please – but I have to admit that I’m kicking myself for not buying a bottle of their Confre Cellars Pomegranate Wine. It sure would make a great Pome-tini if it was mixed right. They also had a great selection of good ‘ole grape wines, too. And plenty of pretzels to keep the car-weary kiddos happy while we sipped.