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Glenwood hill to keep slopes open

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The snow gods keep smiling down on small Sunlight Mountain Resort, as the ski area plans to reopen for additional spring skiing April 8-9.”We have had a good year,” Sunlight general manager Tom Jankovsky said. “We’ve already surpassed last year. We’re up about 12 percent over last year.”After Sunday, Sunlight’s official closing day, the resort will close for the week and reopen April 8-9 with $25 discounted lift tickets. Earlier this week, Sunlight reported a 60-inch base, with 100 percent of its terrain open.”I just think the quality of the snow has been good,” Jankovsky said. “And that just makes everybody happy.”Molly Cuffe, Colorado Ski Country USA director of communications, said Sunlight and other small resorts – referred to as the “gems” – have seen better-than-average skier numbers and prime conditions this season.”The trend of the gem resort has seen a significant growth over the past couple of years in terms of skier visitation,” said Cuffe.In October, Sunlight’s owners put the 40-year-old gem resort up for sale for $50 million. Sunlight, which saw about 72,000 skier visits last year but has seen 100,000 in past seasons, remains on the market.”We haven’t been sold,” Jankovsky said. “There have been lots of people looking, but that’s it. There have been no offers.”Sunlight isn’t the only skiable peak in the state to experience a stellar season. Colorado Ski Country reports the state had its best mid-winter conditions in more than two decades.”Aspen had more than 26 feet of snow this season,” Cuffe said. “At the top of Aspen Highlands, they have a 101-inch base. That’s the deepest it’s been yet this season.”Overall this season, Steamboat has led the state for total snowfall with more than 400 inches. From January through February, the state’s resorts hosted more than 5.2 million skiers and snowboarders, a 5 percent increase from last season, according to Colorado Ski Country. Colorado hosts an average of 11.5 million skiers and snowboarders to its resorts each year.Vail, Colorado

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