World Cup ski racer Alice McKennis honored at Sunlight Resort |

World Cup ski racer Alice McKennis honored at Sunlight Resort

Staff report
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
From left, Sunlight General Manager Tom Jankovsky, Olympian Alice McKennis, dad Greg McKennis, a young ski racer and others celebrate the renaming of "Aligator Alley" in honor of McKennis on Saturday.
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Sunlight Mountain Resort honored its very own Olympian on Saturday, naming one of the ski runs for New Castle native and World Cup skier Alice McKennis, who paid a special visit to her old schussing grounds.

McKennis is fresh off one of her best seasons ever, taking fifth in the downhill at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, followed by a third-place finish in the downhill at the final World Cup event of the season at Are, Sweden.

Her skiing roots run deep at the Glenwood Springs ski area, where she began skiing with her dad, Greg McKennis, before was even 2. She later trained with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

Saturday, surrounded by Sunlight Ski Team and Buddy Werner program members, friends and family, her hometown ski area attempted to rename the former Zephyr Glades as “Aligator Alley.” However, McKennis requested that Zephyr Glades keep its original name. Sunlight Resort honored her request and instead has decided to dedicate a run on East Ridge as Aligator Alley.

McKennis’ handle on Instagram is @thealigator, hence the renaming of the trail to Aligator Alley.