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Glenwood named fifth best ski town in U.S.

John Stroud
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Following on the heels of Rand McNally’s 2011 designation of Glenwood Springs as the “Most Fun Small Town” in the U.S.A., the city has a new distinction as a top-seven ski town.

The road atlas publisher announced its “Best of the Road Top Seven Ski Towns” this week. It lists the most popular destinations for winter vacation and recreation based on the input of its honorary mother-daughter traveling duo, Joan and Julianna Broste of Littleton.

The pair were in Glenwood Springs last July taking in some of the popular warm-month attractions, which led to the “Most Fun Town” designation. They returned recently to experience some of the winter fun the area has to offer.

With Sunlight Mountain Resort just a few miles outside of town, a wealth of backcountry recreation opportunities, its close proximity to the world-class ski resorts of Aspen and Vail, and all of the in-city amenities, Glenwood Springs came in at No. 5 in the “Best Ski Town” competition.

“The small town is so proud of its winter accommodations, Traveling Jules and Joan were invited back to experience this time of year,” Rand McNally stated in announcing the winners. “Sunlight Mountain Resort hosts skiing, snowboarding and snowmobile tours … while major attractions like Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park remain available.”

Lisa Langer, who just started her new job as the city’s tourism marketing director this month, said the ski town distinction is a great bonus in terms of promotion.

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“Our positioning is a big factor in their designation,” Langer said. “When you look at where we’re located, right between all these world-class ski resorts, and with Sunlight in our backyard, we are a real gateway community.

“And, we have all the amenities that make a great ski town,” she said. “It’s a great place to relax and unwind after a day on the slopes.”

Jennie Spillane, marketing manager for Sunlight Mountain Resort, said the national exposure from Rand McNally acknowledges what locals and visitors from around the region have known for a long time.

“Glenwood Springs is unique in a lot of ways, and it’s just a fun place to stay,” she said. “It just has more of a local feel, where people don’t mind telling tourists about some of the hidden secrets around town.”

jstroud@postindependent.com

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