Sunlight Mountain Resort—some have never heard of it, others bypass it to flock to the big resorts. The few who do enjoy the mountain regularly take advantage of $44/day lift tickets, which is more than half the cost of most Colorado resorts.
Sunlight Mountain is located just 12 miles south of Glenwood Springs. As you drive on I-70, you couldn’t miss Glenwood if you tried. You will travel through the Glenwood Canyon, along the Colorado River, and stare in awe at the rock formations and the reds, browns, and orange colors that are revealed as the sun hits the rock. It’s a stunning drive an hour and twenty minutes from Grand Junction and about two and a half hours from Denver.
So let’s talk mountain stats, because that’s what helps you compare the skiing experience for your winter vacations. Yes, Sunlight Mountain is a smaller resort with 460 acres of skiing. What it may lack in acreage, Sunlight makes up with charm, an excellent ski school, and a great family friendly atmosphere. The ski terrain offers a little something for everyone, including a two-mile long beginner run—you won’t find that anywhere else! In fact, beginners will use about 20 percent of the mountain, while intermediate skiers will use 55 percent. The remaining acres are specifically for the more advanced to expert skier and those with some skill will soar at the terrain park with 30-35 feet jumps, 30-foot long rails, a large Battleship Box, and other awesome features.
Glenwood Springs is also home to the world’s largest natural hot springs pool with rich mineral waters. It’s the place you can relax while the kids play (when they aren’t learning to ski). The area has amazing hikes for snowshoeing, fun snowmobile tours, horseback riding, tons of options for dining, and the average nightly rate is around $100. Many of the area’s accommodations offer deals with the mountain as well—like Glenwood Canyon Resort.
It’s a local favorite spot for alpine and cross-country skiing, and it’s a perfectly well-kept secret. The mountain staff is well-known for their knowledge, love of the mountain, and ability to teach anyone how to ski in just a day. But don’t take our word for it—do some digging, check out their reviews, and once you visit for yourself and find a true Colorado mountain experience, just remember shhhh, it’s a secret and we like to keep it that way!