Sunlight Mountain Resort
Sunlight is a local mountain, favored by those who live near Glenwood Springs. Because it is so close to Glenwood, the ski resort pairs up with the hot springs pool in Glenwood and with many Glenwood-area hotels to offer Ski-Swim-Stay packages. After playing hard, skiers can head to town, check into their hotel and then go soak their worn-out bodies in the hot springs pool. How great is that?
Miles/distance from Grand Junction: 95 miles, 1.5 hours
Cost of a one-day lift ticket: $55
The resort sends special VIP cards to businesses in the Grand Valley for them to give to their employees as a reward program. The VIP cards allow for reduced lift tickets ($45 on weekends, $35 on weekdays). Businesses which haven’t received any VIP cards but would like them should call the resort at 1-800-445-7931.
Lodging tips: There is no lodging at the mountain, but it’s less than 15 minutes outside of Glenwood Springs. Prices in the Ski-Swim-Stay program start at $95 per person per night, but participation varies, so make sure to ask any hotel you call whether or not it participates. Kids 12 and under ski free.
Mountain stats: one triple lift, two doubles, 470 acres
•20 percent beginner terrain
•55 percent intermediate terrain
•20 percent advanced terrain
What makes it worth the drive: The hot springs pool. Seriously, it’s a heavenly experience after a day spent pushing your body to the limits and landing face-first in the snow more than once. Or twice. It’s also near enough for people in Grand Junction to easily come and ski for the day if a hot springs pool and a hotel don’t sound like a lovely combination.
What else can you do while you’re there: Have we mentioned the hot springs pool in Glenwood Springs? There are also some great snowmobile rides and several places to rent snowmobiles.
Signature run: Ute is the favorite run, it’s a long, long green run, with fun little rollers and enough slope to get going pretty fast if you’re an intermediate skier or better. At two and a half miles, Ute is one of the longest runs in Colorado.