Sunlight Mountain has a good mix of terrain, affordable lift tickets, and a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. The ski slopes are perched high in the mountains, about a thirty-minute drive from downtown Glenwood Springs, though it’s only twelve miles away.
While riding you’ll enjoy fantastic views of Mount Sopris and the surrounding Elk Mountain Range. Plus afterward, you can hit up one of Glenwood’s notorious hot springs resorts. There’s no better way to recharge for your day at Sunlight Mountain Resort than the local mineral water.
Sunlight Mountain offers something for all levels of skiers and riders. There are easy greens, long blues, bumps, trees, and a terrain park. 67 trails spread out across 406 skiable acres with a surprising vertical of 2,010 feet. There are two lifts from the base. Each access some easy terrain, and will take you high enough to access the main chair lift to the summit.
Over half of Sunlight is intermediate terrain, so there are lots of groomed cruisers and bumps. The glades at Sunlight offer some of the best tree skiing in the state. Experts should head into the glades for fresh powder days after a storm.
At the base of the mountain is a lodge with all the necessities. There you can rent equipment, eat, drink, and shop. Sunlight provides a knowledgeable ski school staff with lessons for children and adults.
Other winter activities at Sunlight Mountain Resort include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as snowmobiling. Sunlight grooms 29km of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Snowmobiles will enjoy fascinating terrain as they ride through the White River National Forest.
Downtown Glenwood Springs is an easy thirty-minute drive from the slopes. A true resort town, Glenwood Springs offers great shopping, comfortable lodging, excellent restaurants, and many winter attractions. The town’s biggest draw is the Glenwood Hot Springs, an outdoor hot springs pool.
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Address: 10901 County Rd 117, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Season: early-December – late-March
Lift Hours: 9am – 4pm
- Elevation: 7,885 ft – 9,895 ft
- Vertical: 2,010 ft (613 m)
- Ski Area: 470 acres (190 hectares)
- Annual Snowfall: 250 in (635 cm)
Trail Map: Sunlight Mountain (jpg)
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