First tracks at Sunlight set for Friday |

First tracks at Sunlight set for Friday

Staff Report
Post Independent
Glenwood Springsd, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Starting Friday morning, it’s all downhill at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

The local ski 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, 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

• Dec. 3: Teton Gravity Research Film Premiere “Re:Session” at the Hotel Colorado, show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop at 309 9th St. in Glenwood Springs and at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.

• Dec. 4: Glenwood Springs Mall Opening Day and Treasure Hunt

• Dec. 6: Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race

An 8k snowshoe race that winds through beautiful Babbish Gulch.

• Dec. 19-20: Demo Days with Santa arrives at 3 p.m.

• Jan. 8: LaFarge Skier Appreciation Day

$15 Lift Tickets and free lessons all day.

• Jan. 10: Teacher and Student Appreciation Day

Students in the local area can ski for $15 and teachers ski for FREE!

• Jan. 16: COSMIC Ski Mountaineering Race

• Jan. 23-24: Sunlight Ski Club J5 Festival Race

• Jan. 30: The Joslin Classic, USTSA Race

• Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26: Coors Town Race Series

• Feb. 6-7: LandRover Roaring Fork Ski Spree

• Feb. 6: Sunlight Ski Club Open Age Class Slalom Race

• Feb. 28: The Endurance Challenge at Sunlight

• March 6: Melanoma Awareness Day

• March 20-21: Crystal River Spas Spring Thing

For more information about events or to sponsor an event contact Dylan Lewis at 970.947.5156

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