Sunlight Ski Area
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|Sunlight Mountain Resort|
|Location||White River National Forest, Garfield Co., Colorado, U.S.|
|Nearest city||Glenwood Springs:|
12 miles (20 km)
|Vertical||2,010 feet (613 m)|
|Top elevation||9,895 feet (3,016 m)|
|Base elevation||7,885 feet (2,403 m)|
|Skiable area||470 acres (1.9 km2)|
|Runs||67 total |
- 20% beginner
- 55% intermediate
- 20% advanced
- 5% expert
|Longest run||2.5 miles (4.0 km)|
|Lift system||3 chairlifts|
- (1 triple, 2 double)
|Snowfall||250 in (635 cm)|
The ski area caters to local skiers and large groups. The area has three chairlifts and a vertical drop exceeding 2,000 feet (610 m). Operations began in December 1966 with one chairlift and a second was added in 1973.
The resort has surprising variety of terrain for its size, encompassing easy beginner runs, cruiser runs, as well as a section of steep chutes. The area covers a northeast-facing below-tree line basin that funnels all runs toward a single base area. Sunlight's summit offers views of Mount Sopris and the Elk Mountains.
U.S. Ski TeamEdit
- Alice McKennis (b. 1989), World Cup racer in speed events. Two-time Olympian from New Castle, Colo., who learned to ski at Sunlight at the age of 2. McKennis placed 5th in the Women's Downhill in 2018 Winter Olympics. On March 31, 2018, Sunlight dedicated Aligator Alleys, a series of three steep chutes on its famed East Ridge, in honor of McKennis, who's Instagram profile name is @thealigator .