Ski Spree to heat up slopes at Sunlight |

Ski Spree to heat up slopes at Sunlight

Ski Spree is back ” and ready to rumble, with plenty of fun-filled slopeside excitement and skiing and boarding competitions all day Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8, at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

And while the event, once Glenwood Springs’ own answer to mid-winter community festivals such as Aspen’s Wintersköl and Breckenridge’s Ullrfest, has more recently centered all of its activities at Sunlight, there’s still more than enough to keep everyone occupied.

From the mayhem of the Cardboard Box Derby to the uncontrolled acceleration of the Need for Speed downhill race, Ski Spree features events that will appeal to snowriders and non-skiers alike, with entry fees of $5 apiece.

“It’s a lot of fun and it brings up a lot of people to the resort,” says Caren Koning, Sunlight’s communications manager. “It’s unfortunate that the town doesn’t participate with a parade like it did in the past, but we still have lots of activities.”

Ski Spree’s biggest draw remains Saturday morning’s Cardboard Box Derby, in which participants are asked to build the fastest and most creative cardboard creation they can. To avoid mishaps, Koning says the event’s rules have been modified a bit and each entry will have to be able to stop under its own power. The action begins at 10:30 a.m.

Equally thrilling is Sunday’s Need for Speed Race, held on lower Joslin at 11 a.m. Extreme skiers and snowboarders can let loose and hit up to 70 mph, with a borrowed police-model radar gun keeping tabs on the speed.

Other Ski Spree events range from the steep and speedy Sunlight Extreme competition to trick contests such as the Park Style and Big Air contests, both held in the terrain park. Saturday’s action will also close with a torchlight parade down the face of Joslin, with mountain employees and ski patrollers leading the way.

More information about the event and schedule is available at or by calling 945-7491.

Saturday, Feb. 7

– Cardboard Box Derby, 10:30 a.m.

– Sunlight Extreme Competition, noon, Sunlight Extreme

– Park Style Competition, 2 p.m., rail jib park

– Awards ceremony, 3:30 p.m.

– Torchlight parade, dusk, face of Joslin

Sunday, Feb. 8

– Need for Speed race, 11 a.m., lower Joslin

– Dual Slalom race, 1 p.m., Dotsero

– Big Air Contest, 2 p.m., terrain park

– Awards ceremony, 3:30 p.m.

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