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Sunlight to be open for an extra weekend

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox/Post IndependentJerica Gilbert, almost 10, of Rifle, spent part of her spring break up at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Thursday was a snowy day, and a perfect way to wind up the ski season for her.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring smiles to the faces of skiers and riders in the Roaring Fork Valley.

With five fresh inches of snow at Sunlight Mountain Resort over Wednesday night, and continuing through Thursday, riders will have fantastic spring conditions for Easter weekend at the local ski mountain.

And they will get the bonus of an extra weekend to boot.



That’s right, Sunlight Mountain Resort announced Thursday that the mountain will push back its scheduled closing date of April 5, and reopen for skiers and riders for the weekend of April 10-11, thanks in part to this latest round of winterlike weather.

“We’ve been pleased with the amount of snowfall we’ve had,” said Sunlight Mountain Resort marketing manager Dylan Lewis. “We were going to make it to closing day fairly easy. It’s great to have this big storm roll in and allow us to open for one more weekend.”



Lift tickets will be offered at discounted prices for the April 10-11 weekend, but the prices have yet to be determined, Lewis said.

Sunlight reported a 62-inch base as of Thursday, according to Lewis. Snow continued to fall throughout the day Thursday and was expected to continue into Friday. According to the National Weather Service, Sunlight Mountain is expected to get snow throughout the weekend as well.

Lewis said that this season has not been a huge snow year for the resort, but despite a slow December the conditions have remained very good throughout the season.



“It’s just been snowing at opportune times,” he said. “When you think we are going to get a mid-season snow drought, it would snow.”

And this weekend will not be any different.

Sunlight will have great conditions on Saturday for skiers and riders to enjoy as the season winds down. On Sunday, the mountain will host its annual Easter Day sunrise service at the peak. Longtime Ski Patroller Mike Ferguson will deliver a nondenominational service.

Ticket offices will open at 7 a.m. Sunday, lifts will load guests from 7:30-7:45 a.m., and the sunrise service will begin at 8 a.m.

Guests will need a lift ticket or season pass to get on the lift. The service is open to the public and all ages are permitted to attend as long as they are able to ski.

Immediately after the service, there will be an Easter egg hunt for kids 12 years of age and younger.

While the end of the ski season is almost here, Lewis said that it’s been a good season despite lower than average snow totals and the recession. He said that Sunlight still had a strong year with skier visits, but he didn’t have actual totals yet.

“It’s been a good season,” he said. “We are happy that with the harsh times, people still came up and skied.”

jgardner@postindependent.com


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