Sunlight Ski Area

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Sunlight Mountain Resort
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Sunlight Mountain Resort
Location in Colorado
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Sunlight Mountain Resort
Sunlight Mountain Resort (the United States)
Location White River National Forest, Garfield Co., Colorado, U.S.
Nearest major city Glenwood Springs:
12 miles (20 km)
Coordinates 39°23′59.3″N107°20′21.4″W / 39.399806°N 107.339278°W / 39.399806; -107.339278 Coordinates: 39°23′59.3″N107°20′21.4″W / 39.399806°N 107.339278°W / 39.399806; -107.339278
Vertical2,010 feet (613 m)
Top elevation9,895 feet (3,016 m)
Base elevation7,885 feet (2,403 m)
Skiable area680 acres (2.8 km2) [1]
Runs67 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 20% beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 55% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 20% advanced
Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg - 5% expert
Longest run2.5 miles (4.0 km)
Lift system 3 chairlifts
- (1 triple, 2 double)
Terrain parks 1
Snowfall 250 in (635 cm)
Night skiing none

Sunlight Mountain Resort and Ski Area is a ski area in Colorado, located in Garfield County in the White River National Forest, south of nearby Glenwood Springs.



The ski area caters to local skiers and large groups. The area has three chairlifts and a vertical drop exceeding 2,010 feet (610 m). Operations began in December 1966 with one chairlift and a second was added in 1973. [2]


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.

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  1. "Winter Fun!". Sunlight Mountain Resort. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  2. "History". Sunlight Mountain Resort. Retrieved January 12, 2013.