Leonard’s Lookout a ‘good thoughts’ spot | PostIndependent.com

Leonard’s Lookout a ‘good thoughts’ spot

Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Visitors to Sunlight Mountain Resort this season will notice a new stopping-off point, whether for mountaintop picnics or just to take a breather and take in the views of Mount Sopris and the Elk Range.

Leonard’s Lookout was erected by the summer crew just above the Parks area on the upper east side of the mountain, in recognition of the late Leonard Lorentson.

Lorentson, a longtime principal owner of Sunlight, died during a Christmas weekend family visit to the resort last year at the age of 67.

“It’s a spot that he liked, and that we liked. It’s just a good place to sit and have some good thoughts,” said Sunlight Assistant Manager Ross Terry.

“There’s a great view of Sopris, and it’s a good spot for a picnic table for people to stop and have lunch,” he said.

A businessman from Kokomo, Ind., Lorentson had been a homeowner at the Brettleberg Inn condominiums, located slopeside at Sunlight, since before he became an owner of the ski resort.

He was part of a group of out-of-state investors who bought into Sunlight in 1989 and were credited for saving the then-struggling small ski area.

Lorentson was visiting for the holidays last year when he died of a heart attack on Christmas Day while gathered with family at their Brettleberg home.

“He was a good friend, and he was always very involved with the ski area and enjoyed coming here a lot,” Terry said. “We had been thinking about putting a new deck or something at the top of the mountain anyway, and also wanted to name something for Leonard, so we just combined the two.”

Sunlight Mountain, located 10 miles southwest of Glenwood Springs up Four Mile Road, officially opens for its 45th season today.

The resort is hoping for some more snow from a storm that’s forecast to continue into the weekend.

For now, though, two lifts and about 16 percent of the mountain were set to open today with about an 18-inch snow base on top of Compass Mountain.

The Tercero (beginners) lift will be operating, as will the Primo lift to the top, accessing the Sun King, Joslin, Peace Pipe, Crystal, Dawson, Midway, Loop, Upper Primo, Columbine, White River and Cornice runs, said Sunlight Marketing Director Jennie Spillane.

Lift tickets will be $45 for a full day and $35 for a half day through this weekend, Spillane said. The regular ticket window prices after that will be $55 and $45.

Today also kicks off Sunlight’s first on-mountain treasure hunt of the season.

The treasure can be found hidden somewhere on the mountain, following clues posted on Sunlight’s Facebook page and website [www.sunlightmtn.com]. The clues are also available at the guest services office.

The first person to find the treasure wins a 2012-13 Sunlight season pass.


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