It’s a blast! Sunlight revs up for Ski Spree |

It’s a blast! Sunlight revs up for Ski Spree

Staff Report

Glenwood Springs’ favorite winter celebration, Ski Spree, is coming up Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. The event features big fun on the mountain and in town and participating merchant discounts.

This year’s theme is “The Y Games – Y Not.”

A $10 Ski Spree Button gives you $2 off admission to Hot Springs Pool during Ski Spree weekend as well as free admission to all events in town and at Sunlight Mountain Resort. And much, much more.

Ski Spree is sponsored by Sunlight Mountain Resort and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Here’s the calendar of events:

4:30-7 p.m. It’s back! Broomball at the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink. All players must wear a helmet and bring equipment. Call the Community Center to register, 384-6301.

6 p.m. Start your weekend off at the Kick off Party at the Oasis Bar and Grill. Extended happy hour, $1 appetizers, karaoke, prizes, games, drink specials.

6-8 p.m. Outdoor Battle of the Bowl Soup and Chili Cook Off in the big tent. Enjoy beer from the Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub and taste your local competition. Live band, warm treats, and cold beer.

6-7:45 p.m. Show off your style for the Y-games and skate in your best `70s attire at the Disco Ice Skating Party. It’s not your average public skating session. Prizes for the best costume and best diva of the Ice Rink.

11 a.m. Creativity and craziness are combined in Sunlight’s Cardboard Box Derby held on the Dotsero run at the ski area. The fastest time wins. Participants can register at the Sunlight day lodge from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No more than three people per vessel. Participants must provide their own cardboard box get-up, only tape and cardboard is allowed. Absolutely no hot waxing of the vessel.

1 p.m. For die-hard hard-cores, there’s the Sunlight’s Extreme Competition. Held in the Sunlight Extreme terrain, this competition is all about each participant’s attack of the mountain, fluidity and difficulty of line chosen. Helmets required. Register in the day lodge beginning at 8:30 a.m.

2 p.m. Join the new local’s favorite band Strange in Sunlight’s Day Lodge. Get ready to have fun and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

2:30 p.m. The Rail Jam is expected to lure participants with big tricks in Sunlight’s new rail jib park. Participants are judged on a series of skills such as attack of the rail, fluidity and difficulty of trick. Helmets required. Participants can register the day of the event starting at 8:30 a.m. in the day lodge.

Dusk. The Torchlight Parade tops off the evening. Watch from Sunlight’s deck as skiers and snowboarders cascade down the face of Joslin carrying glowing torches. A spectacular sight!

6-9:15 p.m. Broomball finals on the Community Center ice rink. Battle to the finish double elimination and awards presentation of the Y-Games Trophy.

7 p.m. Warm up at the first ever community bonfire and free serving of S’mores with Ski Spree button, at the Community Center.

11 a.m. Speed is good. Sunlight’s Need For Speed Race actually rewards speeding. Held on lower Joslin. Come witness speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour in this beat-the-clock race. Helmets required. Participants can register from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the day lodge.

1 p.m. An open Dual Slalom Race for snow riders on Dotsero, right above Sunlight’s day lodge deck. Watch the race from the outside deck. Participants can register at the day lodge from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

2 p.m. Skier and snowboarder Big Air Contest held in Sunlight’s Terrain Park. This crowd-pleaser dazzles spectators relaxing on the deck. No inverted aerials, helmets required. Participants can register at the day lodge from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. Awards ceremony

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