Powderhorn, up there on Grand Mesa just outside Grand Junction, is an undiscovered Western Colorado gem.
But telemark skiers are discovering the place.
It's with those free-heelers in mind that Powderhorn annually conducts it Telefest in late January.
This year's celebration takes place Saturday, Jan. 31, and the folks at Powderhorn are putting on quite a show. "It's been getting more and more popular every year," says Powderhorn's Sarah Allen, "and every year we've trying to expand it."
Telefest kicks off first thing in the morning with an uphill/downhill race that has competitors skinning up some 1,500 vertical feet to the top of the black-diamond Wonderbump trail and then turning around and skiing back down the mogul-infested run. There are "big prizes" in store for the fastest male and female racers.
The event continues with clinics - for everyone from newbies to the hottest free-heeler -- conducted by professional instructors from the Vail area, followed by an afternoon poker run suitable for all abilities.
Telefest concludes with an après party that includes beer, comestibles, and live music.
Powderhorn will be issuing special $30 lift tickets for all Telefest participants (the regular rate to ride the lifts is $53). Clinics are 20 bucks a pop, and the post-ski celebration is $10 a head.