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Snowy Thrills: Your Guide to Sunlight Mountain Resort

For the ultimate ski vacation, head to Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs where adventure and affordability create a peak Colorado experience for everyone from novices to experts!

Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs is all about crafting an exceptional day on the slopes that’s budget-friendly and accessible to all skill levels. The resort exceeds expectations with a range of runs, pristine glades, value-priced ski packages and much more.

72 Trails: A Sampling of the Slopes

skier in powderWhether you’re a beginner looking to hone your skills or an expert seeking a thrilling descent, you’ll find the perfect run here. From green cruisers to corduroy-covered intermediate runs and double black diamond doozies, Sunlight Mountain Resort packs a punch. The mountain features 730 acres of skiable terrain, over 2,000 feet of vertical drop and 72 trails! Here’s just a small sampling of what you can expect.

Ute: About three miles long, Ute is a beginner slope that runs from summit to base and skirts the boundaries of the resort. Wide, with a gentle incline, it’s ideal for beginners. Take your time coasting down this playful roller coaster or go non-stop for a thigh-burning workout.

Rebel: For those with a little more experience, intermediate skiers and snowboarders will love Rebel. What makes it a favorite among visitors is its mix of challenging terrain which includes a steep smooth fall line on trail right and a sea of bumpy moguls on trail left.

Primo: Entertain lift riders by showing off your skills on Primo, an expert-level black run located below the lift of the same name. It features a steep pitch with opportunities to catch air much to the delight of the chair sitters above.

The Heathen: Part of Sunlight’s experts-only East Ridge, a section of the mountain teeming with double-black diamond runs. Not for the faint of heart, Heathen is one of Colorado’s steepest runs with an insane 52˚ pitch!

Woodland Wonders: Glade Skiing at Sunlight

Another standout quality of Sunlight Mountain Resort is its exceptional glade skiing. The resort boasts a network of routes through forested landscapes providing skiers and snowboarders with a unique blend of natural beauty and exciting terrain.

Navigating through the trees requires a blend of finesse and agility as you weave through aspen and evergreen groves. Expert-level and often powder-packed, glade skiing and riding is almost a sport unto itself. Places to check out for tree skiing include Gibson, Sundown, Tom J’s, Zephyr, Joslin, Cassanova and Charlie’s Glades.

The Price is Right: Affordable Family Fun

kids posing while skiingIn addition to outstanding terrain, Sunlight Mountain Resort is renowned for its affordability, particularly for families. Unlike many Colorado ski areas, lift tickets at Sunlight are still refreshingly in the double digits and visitors can save even more when they purchase tickets online.

The resort’s Ski Swim Stay package is another option packed with value both on and off the mountain. It bundles lift tickets to Sunlight, admission to the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and lodging in Glenwood Springs. The perk that drives this package over the top is kids 12 and younger ski for free with each paying adult! This package alone makes it easy for families to enjoy a ski vacation getaway without breaking the bank.

Elevate Your Skills: Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Learn the basics or refine your technique with a ski school lesson at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Instructors are professional, friendly and always tailor lessons to the needs of students. They’ll guide you through the fundamentals, helping you build confidence and improve your skills on the slopes. From conquering your first run to mastering advanced techniques, a lesson can help you fill every moment on the mountain with excitement and a sense of accomplishment.

Terrain Park: For the Tricksters

skiier jumpingFor those who love to catch air and show off their skills, Sunlight Mountain Resort’s terrain park is a snow-packed playground. Designed with both skiers and snowboarders in mind, the park is made up of a variety of jumps, rails and features that will challenge and inspire riders of all levels. Whether you’re practicing your 360 spins or perfecting your grinds on the rails, the terrain park offers endless opportunities for creativity and progression.

Get Ready: Plan Your Glenwood Springs Ski Vacation

Learn more about skiing and snowboarding at Sunlight Mountain Resort and find all the resources needed for your ultimate winter vacation to Glenwood Springs!

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Hanging Lake winter hiking reservations are  available through March 31, 2024. The US Forest Service has scheduled a rebuild of the Hanging Lake Trail that is set to begin this spring and last throughout the summer months. Reservations will be available at the discretion of the US Forest Service, continue to check this page for updates. Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal. 

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