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Sunlight has an overwhelmingly "local" feel.
Sunlight Mountain Resort
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 —  If it were located almost anywhere else in the country, Sunlight would be the top resort for miles around. A 52-degree slope on the Extreme East Ridge makes it one of the most challenging mountains in the state, yet it’s still most popular with low-pressure beginners and intermediates who prefer its atmosphere to the ritz and glitz of nearby Aspen. It’s proximity to Aspen’s four mountains has given the mountain its biggest challenge (to withstand comparison to Aspen’s legendary hills) yet also its biggest asset (The Roaring Fork Valley’s skiers and riders often choose Sunlight as an alternative to Aspen’s spotlight). Intermediates might find it a good proxy for Utopia, as more than half of the mountain is intermediate terrain. Tree skiers, too, will not be disappointed with Sunlight’s in-between spaces – so long as ample snow has fallen. None should be disappointed with Sunlight’s affordability, especially compared with its neighbors down the road.

Fun Fact: Sunlight is named after a once-thriving coal mining town that disappeared in the early 1900s

Average annual snowfall: 250 inches

Price: TBD

Skiable Acres: 470

Lifts: 4 (1 triple, 2 double, 1 surface)

Terrain park: Yes

Season: December to April

Terrain breakdown: 20 percent beginner, 55 percent intermediate, 20 percent advanced, five percent expert

Location: Glenwood Springs

Information:, (800) 445-7931



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