Sunlight Mountain Resort ‘raring to go’
November 19, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs is sitting pretty with recent snow storms that have blessed the region.
But even with a top mountain depth reported at 16 inches on Nov. 17, marketing manager Dylan Lewis was reluctant to say if the resort would open early or not.
“We are raring to go,” Lewis said. “We are out grooming snow and we were making snow all weekend, and we just want to make sure that we have a great product when we open.”
The mountain is scheduled to open on Dec. 4.
But all the snow that has already fallen drew a small crowd of winter sports enthusiasts to the mountain Sunday. People were snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, and there were even some families out for a day of sledding.
Lewis said that the mountain was blanketed under eight inches of snow from this past weekend’s storm. That total, on top of about 22 inches from the previous storm – about two weeks earlier – has made for a good base covering most of the mountain.
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“They way things look now, we will be able to open top to bottom on opening day,” Lewis said.
Sunlight hasn’t opened for Thanksgiving weekend since 2002, according to Lewis. Last year, the resort had to push back opening day one week, and didn’t open until Dec. 13, because of a lack of snow.
Lewis said current conditions are the best he has seen prior to opening in his three years as marketing manager.
“It makes us a lot less nervous,” he said.
In addition to the early winter bounty, Lewis said that crews worked through the summer trimming all the weeds and foliage on the trails allowing for a better base condition.
Teton Gravity Research will kick off the season again this year with its newest extreme ski and snowboard film, “Re: Session,” on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Hotel Colorado. The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and tickets are available at the Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop, 309 Ninth St. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for kids, age 12 and younger.
And the Glenwood Springs Mall Opening Day and Treasure Hunt is still scheduled for Dec. 4, unless another storm comes through which could allow for an earlier opening.
“We want to make sure that it’s good for folks. At worst, it looks like an on-time opening,” Lewis said.