Sunlight Mountain Resort set for early opening on Friday |

Sunlight Mountain Resort set for early opening on Friday

Snowmaking is in full force at Sunlight Mountain Resort this week in preparation for the Glenwood Springs ski area's early opening on Friday.
Troy Hawks | Sunlight Mountain Resort

More than 2 feet of natural snow during November will allow Sunlight Mountain Resort to open earlier than planned on Friday and through the weekend, before opening fully for the season on Dec. 11.

“The early snow definitely elevated the stoke factor among our avid skiers and riders,” Sunlight’s new marketing and sales director, Troy Hawks, said Tuesday.

“Our phones and social media channels have been busy with folks anxious to hit the slopes, so we couldn’t be more excited to deliver an early start,” he said.

The mountain will open for its 49th season of skiing and snowboarding at 9 a.m. Friday, with nearly 300 skiable acres on an 18-inch base. The Tercero and Primo lifts will be running through the weekend.

Sunlight will then close for final preparations the week of Dec. 7-10, before opening again for the 2015-16 season on Dec. 11, including access via the Segundo lift, Hawks said.

Several improvements will greet Sunlight visitors this season, including expanded food and beverage concessions and a redesigned, “open-flow” cafeteria and new menu items and a renovated outdoor food service area on the deck.

A variety of on-mountain maintenance projects have also been completed, as well as major renovations to the Sunlight Lodge Bed & Breakfast. Sunlight also recently launched a redesigned website.

The revamped Sunlight Lodge B&B will be open for appetizer specials from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Guest rooms in the 19-room lodge have also been renovated.

On-mountain improvements include a renovated retail outlet in the base lodge, regrading of some of the beginner terrain, replacement of the main power feed to the top of the mountain and a new paint job on the Tercero lift, which serves the lower part of the mountain.

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