Sunlight offers free ‘Fun Days’ for firefighters |

Sunlight offers free ‘Fun Days’ for firefighters

With temperatures dropping and snow accumulating in the mountains, and the start of the 2018-19 ski season fast approaching, Sunlight Mountain Resort is recognizing the efforts of firefighters during the fire season earlier this year.

“We just felt it deserved a round of applause and some recognition, so we launched the firefighters fun days,” Troy Hawks, marketing and sales director for the Glenwood Springs-area resort, said.

With the projected opening day of Friday, Dec. 14, a little less than a month away, the firefighters fun days are slated to kick off Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Although Sunlight Mountain was not directly impacted by this year’s fires, the devastation of the nearby Lake Christine Fire could be seen from the mountain.

“It hit close to home for several of our staff, who are involved in search and rescue and other types of emergency response,” Hawks said.

The fire, which started July 3 near Basalt, burned nearly 13,000 acres on Basalt Mountain.

“I personally wasn’t willing to recreate in the heat, much less have a full suit of fire protection on and climbing those mountains and fighting those fires; what a tremendous effort,” Hawks said.

Hundreds of local and out-of-state firefighters battled the blaze that burned for over two months, threatening hundreds of homes in the Roaring Fork Valley.

New Sunlight General Manager Tom Hays, who took the helm at the resort this fall, is in full support of the event.

According to Hays, “This is a small way to recognize the tremendous effort, sacrifice, professionalism, and dedication of our local firefighters and emergency responders, including all of those from out of state who came here to help protect our lands and valleys.”

The event will encompass 17 Wednesdays during the ski season. Active firefighters can simply show their valid identification at the Sunlight lift ticket office to get their free lift ticket for the day.

“We are really glad to be able to offer that to the firefighters, and just a little tip of the hat to their efforts. They made this season,” Hawks said.

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