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Sunlight opens Friday with $25 lift tickets

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Sunlight Mountain Resort outside Glenwood Springs plans to open Friday with about 10 acres of terrain and discounted lift tickets.

Less-than-thrilling quantities of early season snow factored into the resort’s decision to lower full-day adult lift ticket prices from $48 to $25.

The Tercero Lift will be running and the Midway Run, the main run under Tercero, will be open. Sunlight got about an inch of snow early in the week and more is possible through the weekend.

“It looks like it’s coming,” said marketing manager Dylan Lewis. “It’s just coming slow.”

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 40 percent chance of snow Wednesday, and a 20 percent chance of snow on Thursday and Friday, plus possible weekend snowfall.

Sunlight plans to close Monday, Dec. 3 and open again the following Friday ” Dec. 7. The mountain can make more snow while its runs are closed, and the temporary closing helps to preserve snow that has already fallen, Lewis said.

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Lewis remained optimistic the coming snowfall might exceed forecasters expectations.

Opening day will feature music all day long and the first 100 people up the stairs will receive free Sunlight T-shirts.

New this season at Sunlight, the resort is expanding its Pump Haus Terrain Park with as many as five new features, including a new rainbow rail.

Lewis said buses, ski school, food and beverage service in the lodge, and photos for season passes, will be available during this weekend’s opening.

Sunlight will conduct a Ski and Snowboard School hiring clinic at the ski area on Dec. 1 and 2. Attendees will be taught how to improve their riding skills, learn valuable teaching methods and be qualified to teach skiing or snowboarding upon completion. Sunlight Mountain Resort will hire new instructors at the conclusion of the clinic.

The cost for the two-day hiring clinic is $50, which includes coaching and lift tickets. Interested skiers and snowboarders should meet at 8:30 a.m. in the lodge at Sunlight.