Sunlight Mountain Resort, United Way Battlement to the Bells host annual Skier Appreciation Day |

Sunlight Mountain Resort, United Way Battlement to the Bells host annual Skier Appreciation Day


What: Skier Appreciation Day

Where: Sunlight Mountain Resort

When: 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11

Cost: $20 lift tickets

For over three decades, Sunlight Mountain Resort and United Way Battlement to the Bells have been working in conjunction to raise money for the area.

“We’ve been doing it over 30 years, and it’s a great way give back,” Sunlight General Manager Tom Hays said.

“It was created to support and thank those local hard-working folks who don’t always have the money to afford a local lift ticket,” UWBB Executive Director Traci D. Gurley-Tomashosky said.

Since 1983, the event has raised more than $200,000 to help UWBB support nonprofits from Aspen to Battlement Mesa focused on education, financial well-being and health, serving as “building blocks to independent, successful and satisfying lives,” according to the group’s mission.

“We really feel a responsibility to our local area, to help out,” Hays added.

“It’s a lot of fun. We have a theme every year,” Lawrence Bond, president of the UWBB board of directors, said.

This year, it is a 1980s theme.

Lifts will open at 9 a.m. with tickets set at $20. All proceeds go to the UWBB.

The daylong event will include food, music and prize giveaways.

There will be a kids cake eating contest at 2 p.m., an ’80s costume contest at 3 p.m., followed by the prize giveaway at 4 p.m.

“We as a board are pretty active in collecting donations from local businesses for the event,” Bond said.

With a good snow season, organizers are expecting a good turnout this year.

Hays says one of his favorite things is the vibe of the event. “You see people that might only get out once a year, but they’re up there having fun, enjoying the day and contributing to United Way.”

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