Sunlight Mountain’s holiday festival |

Sunlight Mountain’s holiday festival

Daniel Alexander of New Castle, Riley Anderson of Glenwood, and Caty Daniels of New Castle and Hannah McGavock of Glenwood, both seniors at Glenwood Springs High School.

Since Sunlight Mountain has received more than three feet of fresh powder in the last few weeks, it appears that John Turkel, Sunlight Mountain ski school director, got what he wanted for Christmas.

At least that is what we think he asked for when he was caught sitting on Santa’s lap during the 17th annual Holiday Festival at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Saturday, Dec. 20.

The day featured equipment demonstrations, food and drink specials, gifts for the kids and the traditional torchlight parade. Equipment demonstrations started at 9 a.m. on the sundeck with representatives from ski manufacturers K2, Dynastar and Volkl. Dynastar sales representative Ed Green said he was selling a lot of Troublemaker twin tip skis, which are good all-mountain skis. Of demo day, Green said, “It’s a great opportunity to test new technology that’s out there.”

Seth Anderson, owner of Loki, a Grand Junction-based outdoor clothing manufacturer, showed several “all in one” pieces. Loki has created an innovative design that integrates a face shield and mitt into the sleeves of jackets and sweat shirts, which allows your body to share the heat. Anderson, who has several patents pending on his clothing, got the idea to incorporate a mitt into the cuff of the jacket after he dropped a glove on top of Mount Princeton and it blew across another ridge. Of the gear he said, “This has simplified my life,” and explained why the built-in features are perfect for him, an avid outdoor enthusiast: “I’m absent-minded.”

No one forgot to head into the lodge at 4 p.m. to warm up with food and drinks while vocalists Erika Toler and Hailey Harris sang Christmas carols and Santa handed out presents to a squirming line of anxious youngsters.

At dusk an entourage of more than 20 skiers and snowboarders who are Sunlight employees snaked their way down Joslin, all holding red flares; that is, except for Sunlight Santa.

“Santa couldn’t carry a torch,” said Turi Nevin-Turkel, marketing, sales and communications director for Sunlight. “He’s flammable.”

Nathan Lucas of Glenwood works at Sunlight Mountain Resort Ski Shop, Ed Green of Eagle is a Dynastar sales representative, Kevin Horch of Glenwood is Sunlight’s retail rental supervisor and Seth Anderson of Grand Junction owns Loki Outdoor Clothing.

Andrea Morrison, left, of Carbondale works in guest services at Sunlight Mountain Resort, Jennie Treat of Glenwood is a student at Colorado Mountain College and Joe Sims of Glenwood is a supervisor and instructor at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

From left, Josh Ash, 15, is a sophomore at GSHS, Aaron Hughes, 16, is a sophomore at Yampa Mountain High School, Brooke Faulkner, 16, is a sophomore at GSHS, and Tanner Hayes, 16, is a junior at GSHS.

From left, Jordan Dexter, 11, attends Carbondale Community School, Darin Ryan of Glenwood works for Shelton Drilling and Alexander Folsom of Glenwood works for Arrow Signs.

From left, Erin Ketelle, 18, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Martha Ketelle of Glenwood is the supervisor for the White River National Forest, and Brian Clarke recently graduated from Colorado University with a degree in engineering physics.

From left, Camille Toler of Glenwood is a musician and vocalist and works for Comcast. Her daughter, vocalist Erika Toler, is a senior at GSHS.

Soaking up the laid-back atmosphere in the Last Turn Lounge are, from left, Tiffany Ellis, Conrad Daley, Melissa Davis and Terri Terry, all of Glenwood. The lone cowboy on the right is Erik Kallstrom of Rifle.

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