Appreciation is mutual at Sunlight |

Appreciation is mutual at Sunlight

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Despite cold temperatures, community spirit warmed up the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs at the 23rd Annual Skier Appreciation Day on Friday.

Skiers and snowboarders dug deep this year and helped Sunlight Mountain Resort reach a new high, raising $12,005 for the Garfield County United Way, making this year the second consecutive year the event has set a new, high mark. Last year’s event brought in $10,180.

“It was really cold out, but we were happy that people made it up,” said Sunlight Marketing Director Dylan Lewis.

And did they.

Sunlight sold approximately 730 ski passes, which were discounted at $15 for the day. The proceeds go to United Way.

“We were very happily surprised, given the economy and just how strapped people are,” said Donna Gray, United Way board president.

Despite the economy, Gray said the community has been very generous this year.

“We’ve been finding this with the United Way, and it’s just amazing that people are stepping up this year to help out,” she said.

Gray thanked Phil Long with Lafarge, for his continued help with the long-standing event.

“He has been our angel for United Way for 23 years,” she said. “He’s a great guy.”

As an added bonus, Williams Production RMT sponsored a free ski and snowboard lesson for first-timers.

Sunday is Teacher and Student Appreciation Day, featuring $15 lift tickets to Roaring Fork School District and Re-2 students. Teachers and staff ski free.

This year’s fundraising sets high expectations for next year, but Lewis said he thinks skiers will be up for the challenge.

“It’s always exciting to break the record,” he said. “We’ve once again set the bar high for next year.”

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