Sunlight’s backcountry festival this weekend |

Sunlight’s backcountry festival this weekend

SUNLIGHT MOUNTAIN RESORT, Colorado ” January 17 and 18 presents a first for Glenwood Springs’ local mountain with the first ever U.S. Telemark Ski Association sanctioned Sprint Classic race.

The race, titled The Joslin Classic, will consist of 40 gates and is similar to an alpine giant slalom race, according to Sunlight Marketing Director Dylan Lewis. However, the course will also include a short hike section and a jump in the middle of the course.

This event is held in conjunction with an all mountain race on Sunday, Jan. 18 which is a U.S. Ski Mountaineering Association sanctioned race. The North Face Heathen Challenge at Sunlight Mountain Resort is the first race of the Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup (COSMIC). The COSMIC series is seven backcountry events throughout the state where racers skin up the mountain and ski down.

The Heathen Challenge will showcase Sunlight’s steepest run, the 52 degree Heathen, on their first and final run.

Registration for Saturday’s telemark event begins at 7 a.m. the morning of the event. Or, forms can be downloaded at and faxed to Dylan Lewis at 945-4437.

Registration for Sunday’s event will take place Saturday night at Summit Coffee in Glenwood Springs from 5 to 7 p.m., or at Sunlight the morning of the event from 6:30 to 7 a.m.

Season pass holders have a $30 registration fee while those without will be charged $60, however, that cost pays for registration and a full-day lift ticket.

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