A unique experience: Sunlight Mountain

The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. (PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel)

Skiers and snowboarders take advantage of a Thursday, March 29, 2007, spring snowstorm before Sunlight Mountain Resort’s ski season in Glenwood Springs, Colo., ends on Easter Sunday, April 8.  (AP Photo/Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Kara K. Pearson)

Sunlight Mountain Resort is a unique Colorado winter playground that is affordable and family oriented.

Sunlight, which will open Dec. 3 for the 2010 season, has hundreds of acres for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. Sunlight’s summit on Compass Mountain in the White River National Forest, overlooks majestic Mount Sopris and the awe inspiring Elk Mountain Range.

Amenities include a restaurant, lounge, rental and retail shop, ski school, children’s center, and snowmobile tours. The Ski Swim Stay package features a lift ticket, a trip to the Glenwood Hot Springs and a night of lodging in Glenwood Springs.

Ski at Sunlight Mountain Resort, swim at the world’s largest hot springs pool, and stay the night in beautiful Glenwood Springs for less than just a single day lift ticket at most Colorado ski resorts. When you add up the amenities versus the costs, this may be the most affordable ski vacation in Colorado.


Sunlight Mountain Resort is a picturesque, unpretentious ski resort tucked away at the northern end of the Elk Mountains between Aspen and Glenwood Springs.

Sunlight Mountain offers hundreds of acres of mild green cruisers, intermediate slopes and black diamond extremes to satisfy skiers and boarders of all ability levels. Sunlight Mountain Resort features one of the steepest runs in the state (The Heathen, 52 percent pitch) and one of the longest (Ute Trail, 2.5 miles).

Rip through the ever-expanding terrain park or take in stunning vistas on 29 kilometers of groomed cross-country/snowshoe trails. Back-country ski tours and guided snowmobile tours are also available.


The Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs provides a family vacation activity for everyone – from swimming, diving, water-slides and playing in the kiddie pool to soaking in the therapy pool, swimming laps or cooling off in the deep end.

Just steps away from a soothing soak in the world-famous Hot Springs Pool, enjoy natural mineral waters cooled to 90 degrees F and 104 degrees F in the therapy pool. There is a full service sport shop featuring resort wear the whole family and swim suit rental as well as a deli offering a classic menu for breakfast and lunch.

After a hard day on the slopes unwind and relax in the over-sized whirlpool, steam room or sauna or enjoy a massage.


Glenwood Springs is a charming mountain town surrounded on all sides by the White River National Forest. It is known for its unique shopping, dining, events and festivals. Glenwood Springs is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts interested in hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting, fishing and, of course, snow sports.

The public land around Glenwood Springs offers an exhilarating mix of aspen groves, flower-speckled meadows, dark forests of spruce and fir, and the 13,000-foot northern sentinel of the Elk Mountain Range, Mt. Sopris. Choose from 9 participating lodging properties in Glenwood Springs that offer a great variety of amenities.

After hitting the slopes at Sunlight and soaking in the world-famous Hot Springs Pool, you’ll have a chance to explore everything else the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer. Visitors to Glenwood Springs relish in its wide range of dining and shopping opportunities.

Enjoy world-class spa treatment and natural underground steam baths at the Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves. For more adventurous types, the Glenwood Caverns & Adventure Park offers cave tours, thrill rides and gondola rides to the top of Iron Mountain.

Sunlight features 67 named trails covering over 470 acres. In addition to miles of cruising intermediate terrain, Sunlight’s East Ridge has one of the steeper runs in the state. Aptly named,

The Heathen falls beneath your feet at a breathtaking 52 degrees.

Sunlight is home to one of the longest trails in ski country, Ute, a beginner slope that winds more than 2 miles from summit to base. Sunlight also hosts some of the best tree skiing in Colorado with many aspen groves untracked days after snowfall.

All trails converge at the base lodge, so friends and family can always keep track of each other.


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