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Sunlight Mountain Resort opens Friday

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Thanks to a recent storm, Glenwood Springs’ hometown ski mountain will open Friday.

The resort had to delay its opening, which was planned for Friday, Dec. 5, one week due to lack of snow. That has changed.

“The snowfall wasn’t as heavy as some other resorts,” spokesman Dylan Lewis said in a press release on Tuesday. “But it will be enough to open the mountain.”

Lewis was disappointed that the storm didn’t drop more snow on Sunlight. Snowmass reported 18 inches while Aspen reported 11 inches of snow from the same storm; Sunlight received about 5 inches of new snow. However, crews were busy Tuesday making more snow at Sunlight.

“We’ll have quite a bit of snow where we made it,” Lewis said.

Two of the mountain’s three lifts, Tercero and Primo, will run, servicing a limited amount of terrain. Lewis said there was enough snow to open runs Primo, Joslin, Sun King and Grizzly. Snow conditions reported Tuesday show the mountain has an 18-inch base at the top and a foot of snow at the bottom.

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Free lift tickets issued for Dec. 5-7 to locals who attended the Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research films are valid for this weekend’s opening, Dec. 12-14.

Lewis expects the weekend to be a busy one on the mountain. The weekend will kick off the Glenwood Springs Mall opening day treasure hunt on Friday; the prize is $500 and a 2009-10 season pass. Last year, the treasure wasn’t discovered until the season’s 13th week. Clues will be posted in the Post Independent, at the guest services office at Sunlight, and online at http://www.sunlightmtn.com.

The weekend will also be Sunlight’s annual food drive, Lift-Ops for LIFT-UP. Locals will receive a $25 lift ticket in exchange for a donation of a grocery bag of food.

And since Powderhorn, near Grand Junction, hasn’t opened its slopes yet, Sunlight is welcoming Powderhorn season pass holders, offering one free lift ticket per season pass holder.

The resort expects more snow this week to boost conditions for opening day. First chair up is at 9 a.m.

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