Snow piles up, more on the way for Glenwood Springs |

Snow piles up, more on the way for Glenwood Springs

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler/Post IndependentEight-year-old Grant Brochelt takes advantage of the fresh snow to get an early morning sledding session in at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs on Thursday morning.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Sunlight Mountain Resort got 38 inches of snow by midday Thursday since it started snowing Saturday, said Sunlight’s marketing manager Dylan Lewis.

And there’s more on the way. Glenwood Springs was socked in with clouds and snowfall Thursday.

“There’s a lot more snow in the forecast,” Lewis said. “I don’t know if we’re going to see the sun until next Wednesday.”

Around 90 percent of Sunlight’s green and blue runs were open. Defiance opened Thursday, the first double-black diamond run to open at Sunlight this season. Zephyr, a black, was also open. Lewis said more runs are opening as the snow comes in.

“We’ve got so much early snow, but we need people to ski on it to pack it down,” he said.

Sunlight says it gets 250 inches of snowfall a year. Glenwood Springs, about 2,000 feet lower than

the base of Sunlight, saw around 9 inches of snowfall during the same period of Saturday through Thursday morning, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

That’s more than half the National Weather Service’s historic average of 15.3 inches of snowfall in Glenwood Springs for the month of December. Temperatures in the city since Saturday have generally ranged in the low 20s to the upper 30s. Monday was the coldest day with a low of minus 2 degrees.

The National Weather Service says temperatures in Glenwood Springs for December average between 13.5 degree lows and 38.2 degree highs.

Sunlight is hosting a fundraiser for Colorado Animal Rescue this Saturday at Winter Carnival, including a free demo day from many of the top manufactures, live music from the Holden Young Trio, a torchlight parade and a visit from Santa. For more information visit

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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