Sunlight awaits more snow to open mountain |

Sunlight awaits more snow to open mountain

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The storm Sunlight Mountain Resort was hoping would bring snow for opening day, planned for Friday, was a no show Tuesday.

“Sunlight Mountain Resort will not open on Dec. 5 due to lack of early season snowfall and warm temperatures that have prevented artificial snowmaking,” stated Sunlight’s Marketing Manager Dylan Lewis in a press release Wednesday morning.

Monday, Lewis said that the resort could push back opening day, one week, to Friday, Dec. 12, if they didn’t receive any snow this week. Tuesday’s storm was their best hope of snow for the week, according to Lewis. However, weather forecasts call for a 30 percent chance of snow Wednesday and Thursday, but with only a 1 to 2 inch accumulation possible.

The mountain reports a 14-inch top-mountain base and 6-inch base at the bottom.

Lewis said a new opening day will be announced by Dec. 10, if possible.

“It’s likely that the ski area will open on Dec. 12,” Lewis stated.

People planning to attend the showing of the Teton Gravity Research film Under the Influence, on Dec. 4 at the Hotel Colorado at 7:30, will still receive a free lift ticket that was to be used for opening weekend. Those tickets will be valid for the first three days of the season when they are determined.

As well, the Glenwood Springs Mall Opening Day Treasure Hunt will begin when the resort opens. The clues for the treasure hunt will be released in the Post Independent, at Sunlight’s guest services and online at, at that specific date. The treasure is a 2009-2010 season pass and $500.

The resort plans to go ahead with the Lift-Ops for LIFT-UP, Sunlight’s annual food drive, for the Dec. 13-14 weekend. Locals are encouraged to bring a grocery bag of food in exchange for a $25 lift ticket discount.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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