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December 17, 2007
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” There big plans in the works for the reworking of Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs, but for now, it remains a funky little ski area with a decidedly local feel.
3 total: One triple and two doubles
52 degrees, The Heathen
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Lifts open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.
Unpretentious attitude, affordable lift tickets, top-notch ski and snowboard school, no lift lines and local flavor.
Now in its 41st season, Sunlight Mountain Resort has gained runs, a terrain park and upgrades to the lodge and ski shop. Still, there won’t be big or very visible changes to the mountain this year.
There are thousands of vertical feet to cruise all over the ski area’s 470 acres. Sunlight’s most popular cruiser is Ute, a two-and-a-half-mile green run that goes along the western edge of the mountain. It’s a top-to-bottom run that offers spectacular views. It has multiple fall lines and some chances to test your mettle on the moguls. Hit the Gibson, Zephyr Sundown and the Upper Glades for some challenging terrain that extends from the top to the bottom of the mountain.
Primo is the best choice to get your bumpalicious groove on. The run follows underneath the main lift line and has the best bumps on the mountain. Another great choice is Showdown, where you can hot dog and showcase for fellow riders waiting at the bottom of the hill.
Trees are where it’s at on a powder day at Sunlight. Or for a wide-open run, try Beaujolais on the east side of the mountain. There’s enough vertical to keep the speed going through the freshies. The heathen is the steepest run on the mountain and one of a few in the state with a 52 percent pitch.
Sunlight Mountain has built jumps, fun boxes, rails, a volcano and quarterpipe in past years. The mountain allows inverted aerials and features enough hits and rails for the beginner and expert alike. It’s easy to enter the terrain park at lower points where the jumps are smaller an easier.
The grill in the main lodge offers breakfast, lunch and snacks. Sunlight also has an outdoor barbecue that fires up burgers and other grilled fare.
Sunlight is hosting its third annual 24 hours of Sunlight on Feb. 23-24, 2008. It is an endurance race, challenging teams to hike or skin up the mountain and ski or board down for 24 consecutive hours.
Glenwood Springs has everything that you need from restaurants to bars. For the late-night crew, there are clubs downtown for dancing, live music and relaxing with friends.