Sunlight plans events, including $20 lift tickets |

Sunlight plans events, including $20 lift tickets

Visitors enjoyed a white Christmas at Sunlight Mountain Resort.
Sunlight Mountain Resort |

Sunlight Mountain plans a torchlight parade and fireworks show starting at 5 p.m. Thursday to kick off New Year’s Eve festivities, a week before a big day at the ski area south of Glenwood Springs.

On Friday, Jan. 8, Sunlight, in partnership with United Companies, will feature $20 lift tickets for the annual Skier Appreciation Day, with all proceeds going to United Way.

Now in its 29th year, the event has raised approximately $200,000 for the United Way and local charities that provide a variety of services, including after-school programs for students, help for victims of domestic violence and abused or neglected children, early childhood education, developmental programs for people with disabilities, home and hospice services for seniors and more.

Skiers and riders are urged to show up in their Elvis attire for a chance at winning a 2016/17 Sunlight Season Pass valued at $529 as part of the annual costume contest.

Also on Jan. 8, Sunlight will join ski areas across the nation to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest ski and snowboard lesson.

In partnership with LiveWell Garfield County, Sunlight will treat nearly two dozen students to a free beginner lesson.

More than 160 other ski areas across the country will also conduct beginner lessons that day, establishing new records for the largest beginner ski and snowboard lesson taught concurrently at multiple ski areas. LiveWell has contributed financial support to provide a free 90-minute beginner ski or snowboard lesson, including transportation and rental equipment.

“LiveWell recognizes that not only will this event encourage a slew of newcomers to learn how to ski or snowboard, but will introduce local kids and adults who have never tried skiing or snowboarding to fall in love with a new recreational activity they’ll pursue for the rest of their lives,” said Jeff Jackel, recreation director for the town of Carbondale and a member of the LiveWell Garfield County steering committee.

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