Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sunlight Mountain readies for 50th season

Opening set for Friday


Sunlight Mountain Resort is scheduled to open for the 2016-17 ski season on Friday, Dec. 9. Located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the 680-acre resort plans open top-to-bottom with more than 150 of those skiable acres for opening day. The ski area has received about 2 feet of natural snow so far in the season with 5 inches in the past 48 hours. The resort plans to officially recognize its 50th anniversary on Friday, Dec. 16.

Sunlight Mountain Resort plans to open for the ski season on Friday, Dec. 9.
(Photo Credit: Sunlight Mountain Resort)

Snow expected 


Sunlight's opening day should also coincide with a winter weather system expected to roll into Colorado on Thursday night. The National Weather Service forecast predicts chances of snow throughout the weekend.

A favorite of local skiers and families on a budget, Sunlight is actually about the same size in terms of skiable acres as nearby Aspen Mountain.

Somewhat surprisingly for a relatively small area, Sunlight boasts legitimate expert terrain. The Heathen, a run on the area's East Ridge, is considered one of the steepest in Colorado with a 52-degree pitch.


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