Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding
Sunlight Mountain Resort
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Sunlight's intimate, unpretentious atmosphere can be attributed to its small-town roots. Named after a once-thriving coal mining town in the area that disappeared in the early 1900s. With its summit situated on Compass Mountain, Sunlight offers beautiful vistas of majestic Mount Sopris and the surrounding Elk Mountain Range, as well as hundreds of acres of mild greens, intermediate slopes and black diamond extremes to satisfy all levels of abilities. The affordability and laid back attitude make Sunlight a favorite for all who visit.
Sunlights uncomplicated trail system features 67 trails that funnel back to the base lodge and features something for everyone including cruising corduroy, steep and deep and leg-pounding moguls. All of Sunlights trails eventually end up right back at the base lodge so families will not loose each other. Sunlights Extreme, has one of the steepest trails in Colorado called The Heathen which plunges more than 50 degrees to Four-Mile Creek below. Sunlight is also home to one of the longest trails: Ute, a cruising beginner slope which winds more than two-and-one-half miles from the summit to the base.
Visitors will find Sunlight Mountain Resort a relaxed, surprisingly friendly ski area. The large sun-soaked deck beckons all to rest and rejuvenate, or just watch the activity on the hill.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
Between Glenwood Canyon and Vail. Cabins and Vacation Homes on 5,500 acres. Bair Ranch is a mountain wedding destination. Adventures: horse rides, ATV tours, winter SnowCat tours. See Wildlife!
General Skiing Information
Season Opening Date: December 9, 2016
Season Closing Date: April 2, 2017
Vertical Rise: 2,010 ft.
Terrain: 680 acres
Number of Trails: 67
Longest Run: 2.5 miles
- Beginner - 20%
- Intermediate - 55%
- Advanced - 20%
- Expert - 5%
Terrain Parks: 2 (Ute & Hoot Brown)
Annual Snowfall: 250 inches
Lifts: 3 Total (1 Triple & 2 Doubles)
Lift Capacity: 36,195 skiers/hour
Base Elevation: 7,885 ft.
Summit Elevation: 9,895 ft.
Map Location: Northwest B-9
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