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Fur and powder

Chad Spangler Post Independent

SUNLIGHT MOUNTAIN RESORT, Colorado ” Is there anything sweeter to a Coloradan than a fresh layer of fluffy, inviting powder?

How about an army of cute dogs and puppies, just waiting to be adopted?

That’s the combo Dylan Lewis has planned for this year’s Winter Carnival at Sunlight Mountain Resort. While the celebration has been a staple at the local slope for years, the marketing manager has added a twist this season. The day will benefit CARE, a local group helping animals in need.

And who can resist those?

“It makes for a kind of well-rounded event,” said Lewis, before diving into the specifics.

What the canine addition means is that, throughout the celebration, ski lovers will be able to meet, greet and walk potential new pets. They will be able to participate in the poker run knowing that the money raised will go toward the pups and their feline counterparts. For $15, run “players” will not only get that warm, fuzzy feeling but a shot at a 2009-10 Sunlight season pass, snowboard or gift certificate at an area store.

Lewis described the rest of the day, complete with old Winter Carnival standard events. Like always, there will be “Demo Days,” when Sunlight’s gear gurus introduce people to the latest and greatest pieces of equipment on the market. Like always, a live band will play, though this year’s Holden Young Trio is new to the mountain. As is tradition, Santa will also be on-hand, meeting kiddos and giving them little gifts into the evening.

The night will close out with two torchlight parades, one with ski school students, another with employees.

“It’s beautiful,” said Lewis. “It’s kind of like roman candles cruising down the Midway.”

Despite all these events, though, he knows what’s really going to bring people to the mountain this weekend.

“It’s snow,” he said. “That’s what’s going to excite you. That’s what’s going to make a difference.”

Thank goodness, then, that Sunlight’s finally got a decent base of the white stuff. With the help of recent storms, much of the mountain will be open Saturday.

“It’s like somebody turned on the snow switch last week,” said Lewis.

There was a bit relief and excitement in his voice. Like every other Coloradan around, he couldn’t be happier about it.

Contact Stina Sieg: 384-9111


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