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Hold up: Sunlight Mountain goes on hiatus, will reopen on Friday

Jon Mitchell

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Keep those skis on the ski rack for a few more days.

Warm weather following all of the November snowfall at Sunlight Mountain Resort has prompted management to shut down the lifts for a few days, with the mountain set to reopen on Friday.

Sunlight marketing manager Jennie Spillane said the conditions following the weekend didn’t warrant the resort remaining open for the full week following its official Nov. 27 opening through Thanksgiving Day weekend.

“We need to make more snow at the base, too,” she said. The mountain has been closed since Monday, she added.

Sunlight opened with a 25-inch base and reported that 80 percent of the mountain’s runs were open. As of Tuesday morning, the resort’s webcam found on its Web site, http://www.Sunlightmtn.com, was showing a 20-inch base. The resort was also reporting that 30 of the mountain’s 67 trails are skiable.

Weather reports for the next few days, however, look favorable for a grand reopening. The National Weather Service reported Tuesday morning that there is an 80 percent chance of snow through Wednesday, with precipitation likely through Thursday and temperatures expected to dip below zero. Accumulations for Tuesday night were expected to be 3 to 5 inches.

“Friday should be a day to remember if we get the snow we are scheduled to get,” Spillane said.

Sunlight opened prior to Thanksgiving this year for the first time since 2008. Management for the mountain reported that an estimated 500 to 600 skiers and snowboarders came to Sunlight for opening day.

The Dec. 5 reopening for Sunlight will mark the ski slope’s opening for the duration of the ski season, Spillane added. Last season, Sunlight didn’t open until Dec. 14.

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