Glenwood Springs’ Sunlight Mountain opens Friday
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Starting Friday morning, it’s all downhill at Sunlight Mountain Resort.
The mountain will open Friday for its 45th season. First chair is at 9 a.m. And with a 16-inch base as of Tuesday, these are the best opening day conditions the mountain has seen in years.
Both the Tercero and Primo lifts will be operating, giving skiers and snowboarders access to Sun King, Joslin, Upper Primo, Blue Catwalk, Peace Pipe and Midway.
Opening day is also the kick-off to the Glenwood Springs Mall Treasure Hunt. Over the course of the season, three Sunlight season passes will be hidden on the mountain. Interested treasure hunters will find a new clue posted each Friday in the classified section of the Post Independent, at sunlightmtn.com/Events, and in the Guest Services Office on the mountain.
The latest ski film by Teton Gravity Research “Re: Session” will premiere tonight at the Hotel Colorado. Tickets are available at Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop located at 309 9th Street in Glenwood Springs, and the doors open for the show at 6 p.m.
Then on Sunday, Dec. 6, it’s off to the snowshoe races with the 18th annual Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race. This popular race was developed by Ann Hopkinson and Fletcher Anderson to honor the servicemen who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Last year, the race had 200 participants and raised $4,000, which was divided between Colorado Animal Rescue, Rifle Dog Pound, and Mid-Valley Animal Rescue.
The wide variety of events this season will include the first ever Endurance Challenge at Sunlight. The race will be held on Feb. 28, and will be a 12-hour hike up and ski or ride down endurance race from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The course will have participants hike up Rebel and then ski, board, hike or otherwise slide down Beaujolais. Racers are competing to complete the most laps in a 12-hour period.
Competitors may race solo, as part of a duo, or part of a team with four or more members. Competitors will be competing for a $2,000 grand prize in the solo categories. Participants who register before Jan. 1 will receive an early season race registration price. Registration information is available at http://www.sunlightmtn.com/events.
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