Sunlight mountain closing one week early
Sunlight Mountain Resort will close one week early, at the end of the today. The ski area’s regularly scheduled closing date was to be April 4.
Lift tickets will be sold through today for the reduced price of $28 for adults and $22 for children 12 years old and under.
“The mountain’s telling us it’s time to close,” said Tom Jankovsky, Sunlight’s general manager. The measuring stakes, which show 28 inches of snow at mid-mountain and 39 inches at the top, don’t tell the whole story.
“We definitely have a lot of brown spots on the mountain,” Jankovsky said. “We went through most of March without any moisture, and when it did come in, it was so warm it was raining up to 10,000 feet.”
Closing day is traditionally a fun day to ski at Sunlight – locals usually flock to the mountain to party and enjoy the last day of skiing with their friends.
Closing early is not completely without precedent at Sunlight, Jankovsky said. “In 1989, I think we closed on March 23.”
There’s a possibility of snow in the forecast for Sunday. That wouldn’t influence the decision to close, though. “Once the mountain’s the way it is, even a foot of snow would only help for a couple of days,” Jankovsky said.
Powderhorn, on the Grand Mesa, is also closing Sunday.