Sunlight Mountain

10901 County Road 117, Glenwood Springs , CO (Driving Directions to Sunlight Mountain)
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Last Updated: 3/31/2015 3:20 AM

Sunlight Mountain Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 14 Beginner
  • 36 Intermediate
  • 13 Advanced
  • 3 Expert
Surrounded by the White River National Forest near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Sunlight Mountain Resort encompasses hundreds of acres for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and show shoeing. With slopes ranging from beginner to expert, three terrain parks, one of Colorado's steepest runs, and 29 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails, Sunlight offers something for everyone at down-to-earth prices. Amenities include ... a restaurant, lounge, equipment rental, retail shop, education center, children's center, and snowmobile tours. Visit for more information.

The Pump Haus Terrain Park at Sunlight Mountain Resort features jumps, fun boxes, rainbows, rails, wall-ride and a quarter pipe, all laid out in session-friendly formats. The two jib parks are open to the public and designated beginner, intermediate, and expert to allow skiers and riders to progress to more challenging terrain as their skill levels increase.

The Children’s Center, conveniently located at the base area of Sunlight Mountain Resort, offers lessons and childcare for a family-friendly day on the mountain. Professional ski instructors teach group and private lessons for children from two to six years of age, with options that include lift tickets, ski and helmet rental, lunch, and childcare. Experienced caregivers provide day care in a cozy, friendly atmosphere for children ages 18 months to six years. Reservations required. Call 970-945-7491, ext. 248.

The Ski School at Sunlight Mountain Resort offers group and private skiing and snowboard lessons daily, performance clinics to improve style and skills, plus an incredible Back Country Experience clinic. Options include half-, full-, and multi-day lessons, with packages that include equipment rental and lift tickets. Sunlight instructors are nationally renowned for their abilities as well as their friendly personalities. Call 970-945-7491.

Snowmobile tours at Sunlight Mountain Resort provide riders with stunning views of Mt. Sopris, the West Elk Mountains, and the Flattops as they wind through aspen groves, powder-filled meadows, and evergreen forests. Featuring state-of-the-art snowmobiles with electric hand warmers, independent front suspension, and hydraulic disc braking systems, the guided tours include all gear and basic snowmobile instruction. Reservations are recommended. Call 970-945-7491 or 800-445-7931.

Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop in downtown Glenwood Springs, offers full retail, rental and repair services for ski and bike. In the winter, we sell and rent quality alpine, cross country, snowshoe and snowboard equipment from top names like Burton, K2, Salomon, Oakley, Dragon, Look, Lange and many more.
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Sunlight Mountain Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available; an extra charge may apply.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Sunlight Mountain Operations



Lifts Open/Total

3 of 3

Weekday Hours

Mon-Fri: 9a-4p

Trails Open/Total

29 of 67

Weekend Hours

Sat/Sun: 9a-4p

Acres Open/Total

324 of 470

Sunlight Mountain Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

7,885 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

2,010 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

9,895 ft

Sunlight Mountain Ski Pictures and Photos

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Sunlight Mountain Reviews & Tips (38)

Great spot! If you're looking to avoid the "to be seen and ski" attitude, this is your spot. Sunlight is a casual, down to earth place with great terrain; varied enough for all levels of skier/snowboarder to enjoy. Definitely make this a go to on your next trip to the area.
Sunlight Mountain review written Mar 23 2015 - 10:54 AM
Colleen Intermediate Skier
Wait until around 11 am before you start skiing! Little ice early on but when the sun came out the snow was awesome! Don't wear to many clothes! It got so warm, I had to take my ski gloves off on the lift. Great little ski mountain!! Enjoy!
Sunlight Mountain review written Mar 12 2015 - 03:14 PM
Lou Intermediate Skier
A perfect day this past Sunday. Sun and great weather. Had fantastic time. Wish we could go every weekend.
Sunlight Mountain review written Jan 27 2015 - 08:54 PM
John Intermediate Skier
Sunlight is awesome, we had the best time, lifts were fine, no lines, great conditions! The view of Mount Sopris at the top is stunning! All the intermediate runs were really fun, staff friendly... The rental gear was great, I can't wait to go back sometime soon!
Sunlight Mountain review written Jan 27 2015 - 09:08 AM
Phill Intermediate Skier
Absolutely loved it here. Everyone is super chill and friendly. You can tell that everyone there is happy to be there, even while working. The mountain isn't too crowded so you can feel free to really carve or screw around without tripping over people. Definitely recommend
Sunlight Mountain review written Jan 20 2015 - 01:25 PM
Greg Intermediate Snowboarder
The lifts are slow, it's true, but this is a knarly little hill that will surprise you. The blacks and double blacks are for real. Plenty for the casual skier, but serious skiers will be in for a pleasant surprise.
Sunlight Mountain review written Mar 19 2014 - 06:54 PM
jwag Advanced Skier
Our kids took lesson on the mountin with Just Jim. We all had a great time!
Sunlight Mountain review written Mar 15 2014 - 10:29 PM
Dawn Luza Beginner Skier
Go here, you can't go wrong. Best value, awesome staff and terrain for every type of rider, I always bring my family and friends here when they come in town.
Sunlight Mountain review written Mar 07 2014 - 11:05 PM
Ryan Advanced Skier
My family and I really enjoyed our first visit to Sunlight. On a busy President's Day weekend, we were able to park just below the lift, and walked right up to the ticket window to pick up our Liftopia tickets. The mountain is laid our really nicely and skis very vvell - lots of options for different trails to take. Great views from the summit, and I especially enjoyed the aspen tree groves and glades - very scenic. I just wish the lifts were faster so we could have gotten more runs in - there were a lot of trails we didn't get to ski, and it's not that big of a mountain. I would definitely recommend Sunlight for its affordability, variety of terrain, and overall great experience.
Sunlight Mountain review written Feb 19 2014 - 11:25 AM
Dave Advanced Skier
It has been a few years since we have been to Sunlight, but are so glad we came back. The staff is the best-so friendly and helpful-just adds to a great time, lift line moves so well almost wanted more time to joke with the operators. And pickup of our tickets went faster than someone paying with a cc, the staff was so organized-it was easy and on the slopes in no time at all. The runs were great, snow fun and scenery is the best. Can't wait to get back and do it again!
Sunlight Mountain review written Feb 17 2014 - 02:51 PM
LouAnn Intermediate Skier
My wife and I recently skied Sunlight mountain. After almost 20 years of skiing Vail and Beaver Creek we decided to try some of the other ski areas in the area. We also were trying to same some money and still have a pleasant ski vacation. I found Sunlight Mountain here on Liftopia and decided to give it a try. We enjoyed our day very much. We had wonderful weather and never stood in a lift line. The lifts only have 2 and 3 seat old slow chairs but because we never stood in line, it gave our legs some time to recover from the previous run. The employees were very nice and helpful. All in all it was a fun day and we would definitely go back again. One tip, we went to the hot springs, in nearby Glenwood Springs, after our ski day was over and what a way to relax after a long day of hotloading!
Sunlight Mountain review written Feb 03 2014 - 10:45 PM
Brett Advanced Skier
Absolutely love this place for the price. Great for kids and families. Laid back atmosphere and very friendly staff. At $42, best value in Colorado. My daughter (6 yrs old) had a great time.
Sunlight Mountain review written Jan 14 2014 - 09:14 AM
RF Advanced Skier
I went here as a kid 30 years ago and took my family back last winter. Just as I remembered, a blast. Great variety of terrain, WONDERFUL employees, laid back atmosphere. You can stay on the hill for the price you pay at other places to drive back and forth, which is such a great deal when you have kids. Food is good and very reasonably priced. If you want really good food head down to Glenwood Springs, take a dip in the pool while you're there. I really don't understand spending hundereds more to wait in lines with stressed out people.
Sunlight Mountain review written Jan 02 2014 - 10:13 PM
Phil Advanced Skier
Parking right at resort great and free. Friendly people, no waiting in lines, BEAUTIFUL sites, long challenging runs and nice intermediate. Short drive from Glenwood Springs. No hi speed lifts, otherwise awesome.
Sunlight Mountain review written Dec 31 2013 - 07:19 AM
Marc Advanced Skier
SMR is a great find. It's true - great mountain, staff and town. The beauty of simplicity. I would come back again and Glennwood Springs is charming - worth staying here. Don't just try it out for one day; at least do it for three days or you'd say "I wish I was here longer". Perfect for all levels of skiers.
Sunlight Mountain review written Dec 30 2013 - 09:34 PM
GE Intermediate Skier
Another fantastic trip to Sunlight. There simply isn't a better skiing value to be had. Lift tickets from Liftopia at $47/day in high season and lunch for 6 that totaled $55. Basically about 1/3 the cost of any of the "big" named places. The people are awesome and the snow was great.
Sunlight Mountain review written Dec 30 2013 - 07:25 AM
J E Advanced Skier
Had a great day of spring skiing at Sunlight during spring break. Great long runs. Had the slopes almost to ourselves. Great long easy runs for a beginning skiier or snowboarder. Convenient free parking right at the base of the mountain. Convenient lockers available. Friendly helpful staff. Affordable lift ticket prices made even better with a great discount on our lift/rental costs thanks to Liftopia!
Sunlight Mountain review written Apr 07 2013 - 06:52 PM
Bdawg Intermediate Skier
Buy your tickets at Liftopia...When I went to the ticket window the gal had them on the top of her pile and did not care to see the voucher. The vibe at Sunlight is what I want from my skiing experience just skiing and ridiing and if you are a beginner this is the place to learn. The staff is super friendly and the runs are as good as anywhere. Please do not tell anyone about this place I want to keep it a sceret.
Sunlight Mountain review written Mar 13 2013 - 04:41 PM
Alan G. Advanced Skier
The lunch/ski pass deal was great! Sunlight is the most friendly ski area we go to, staff and other skiers/boarders! Happy, hippie, family atmosphere...LOVE it! Not a lot of runs, but perfect for our beginner-intermediate needs, short lines even on Presidents Day weekend.
Sunlight Mountain review written Feb 22 2013 - 07:54 PM
Beth Intermediate Skier
Awesome Mountain with a great atmosphere and staff. I took my two friends who were in town and learning how to ski and they both had a great time. The lift tickets were much more reasonable than other resorts and the reason I chose there for them. The mountain had plenty of runs for them to learn on and and some real technical trails that I enjoyed.
Sunlight Mountain review written Feb 10 2013 - 05:43 PM
Ryan Advanced Skier
Don't eat before you get there! Their Breakfast burrito was GREAT.... our lift tickets were waiting right there for us! The snow was GREAT, the Runs were well taken care of, the lifts were fast! Awesome ski area! We'll be back!!!
Sunlight Mountain review written Feb 01 2013 - 04:24 PM
Lou & RaNae Intermediate Skier
We had a great time at Sunlight...conditions were terrific especially since everywhere else we've skied in Colorado this season has been sketchy. Loved staying right on the mountain so that when we got cold (temp was single digits!) we popped in our condo to warm up. Only negative was that we didn't check the Sunlight calendar of events before purchasing lift tickets on Liftopia...the mountain was having a special deal for $15! We would have saved lots of bucks.
Sunlight Mountain review written Jan 22 2013 - 05:48 PM
maryb Advanced Skier
Check the mountain to see how many lifts are open before purchasing your ticket. I realized the price was probably so low because they didn't have all lifts running. It was a bummar.
Sunlight Mountain review written Dec 19 2012 - 05:02 PM
Jenell Advanced Skier
Good resort, not too fancy just centered around the boarding and skiing. Wasn't crowded and staff was nice and helpful. Would highly recommend. The mountain wasn't too big but good enough for some pretty good runs.
Sunlight Mountain review written Mar 27 2012 - 08:31 AM
Jacqui Intermediate Snowboarder
We talk about visiting other ski resorts and end up at Sunlight and are always grateful we did. The staff and environment are gracious, clean and fun. Prices can't be beat, especially with Liftopia. One of our skiers was new and got a private lesson and did so well. Perfect variety, perfect size for all levels of skiers. Love the memories that mountain holds.
Sunlight Mountain review written Feb 21 2012 - 10:56 PM
Sarah Wilcher Intermediate Skier
Great ski area for familys. I would recomend renting your skis at Blue Sky Ski Rental in Glenwood Springs, They were very helpful with directions and advice when we arrived in GWS. We skied for three days and had a wonderful time. We will defintly return again.
Sunlight Mountain review written Jan 18 2012 - 04:19 PM
Clem Advanced Skier
Not like the most prestigious resort but definitely worth visiting. Check it out on your way to Aspen/Snowmass. Hardly ever crowded even on holiday weekends. Great runs for every level. Good ticket prices. Only 1 small complaint: No high speed quads. They still have the old style fixed grip lifts and it takes two rides to reach the top. I make it a point to go to Sunlight every time I take a trip. The staff is friendly and helpful especially the head ski patroler Norm Wheeler. He has been there a long time and will help anyone.
Sunlight Mountain review written Oct 21 2011 - 11:02 AM
Ed Advanced Skier
I brought my 5 year old son to Sunlight to ski and it was great. Very friendly staff, great terrain for him as a beginner, great terrain for me as an intermediate while he was in his lesson, wonderful snow conditions, etc etc etc. Loved the small scale of everything, what a pleasant surprise compared to big, overpriced resorts. The only drawback were the old double chairs with the bar in between the seats - they were definitely a little difficult to ride with my small child. I will definitely ski here again if I am back out in Colorado and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Also, purchasing the lifts tickets through Liftopia was easy as could be, and saved me 20% off already reasonably priced tickets.
Sunlight Mountain review written May 03 2011 - 12:30 PM
Derek Intermediate Skier
Sunlight Mountain review written Apr 14 2011 - 08:48 AM
bob Advanced Snowboarder
It had been over 10 years since I last visited Sunlight. My wife had never been. We were staying in Avon, CO, looking for a way to ski without spending an arm and a leg. I recommended Sunlight to my wife and she hessitantly accepted--though the ticket price through Liftopia was the deciding factor. Once we arrived, the snow was great, and my wife fell in love with the area--saying it's her favorite ski area now. We have a 10 year old son and he enjoyed the challenging terrain Sunlight offers...We'll be back!
Sunlight Mountain review written Apr 03 2011 - 05:20 PM
Dave Advanced Skier
Convinced my family (two daughters, two husbands, three grandchildren) who live in Louisiana to skip Vail, Breckenridge, etc. They not only saved a load of money with the hotel/pool/ski deal, they had a fabulous time. My son-in-law who has visited some Colorado resorts in the past has decided "Sunlight is my favorite place." Keep up the good work and fight the urge to go "main stream".
Sunlight Mountain review written Mar 31 2011 - 03:40 PM
Stuart Leuthner Advanced Skier
Sunlight has always been a great, largely under-rated mountain. The lifts are efficient (no need for high-speed lifts with fast moving double chairs with lots of cueing and assistance resulting in few misloads), good variety of runs and great tree skiing. The extreme terrain is also nice especially with the widened run-out to return to the base. Still hoping for a lift installed over there one day but just fine the way it is for now. Never crowded, friendly staff, something for everyone. My Daughter skied it for her first time and loved the mountain, wants to go back. I would recommend to any serious or family-style skier or rider. I also enjoyed the trail signs made from old snowboards. Very classy! Keep up the good work!
Sunlight Mountain review written Mar 18 2011 - 09:01 PM
Brian Advanced Snowboarder
Took my 6 year old daughter here since we were spending the night at a B&B in Glenwood. Have been a few times over the years and have fond memories. the terrain was just right for her and we enjoyed our runs. The lodge and parking was convenient and the lift attendants were great in helping her onto the lifts.
Sunlight Mountain review written Mar 09 2011 - 09:31 AM
Peter Advanced Skier
My family & I have skied at Sunlight Mtn. while on vacation from Vermont now for 3 years. It has a great mix of challenging, intermediate and beginner terrain. And the layout is ideal for allowing those with a variety of skills to end up together at the bottom of the mtn, as all trails bring you there. No frills. Very helpful and friendly lift attendants. And with lift tickets easily half the price (and more with Liftopia)of the "Big Four" down the road, you can't beat it.
Sunlight Mountain review written Mar 01 2011 - 11:49 AM
Bob Advanced Skier
Sunlight: 'a pretty good ski hill'. No fancy frills just great skiing and friendly folks. Skiing the way it was and should still be. Just a short drive to a great town with hot springs, good food, and reasonable prices.
Sunlight Mountain review written Feb 24 2011 - 05:13 PM
Dennis Advanced Skier
My family has been going to Sunlight now for about 10 years. The snow is always powdery, evn when packed, the staff is always friendly. You never feel like it's a fashion show! This year we met a very nice man working on the lifts who told us great places to eat at night. And speaking of food, everything is reasonably priced. We live 12 hours away in Oklahoma and there are closer places to go, but Sunlight is well worth the drive! As a bonus,I highly recommend driving to Carbondale for breakfast at the Village Smithey and some unique shopping. And on the way, look towrds the golf course for the large herd of Elk!!!
Sunlight Mountain review written Feb 19 2011 - 08:42 AM
Mary Intermediate Skier
Had A great day a Sunlight on the 14th. The runs were in great shape and there were no lines. The views from the top were outstanding!
Sunlight Mountain review written Feb 16 2011 - 08:19 PM
Patrick Intermediate Skier
This is what skiing is all about. Don't expect heated sidewalks or $100 lunches. Just great skiing. My wife and I each took a group lesson. Basically, we each got a private lesson. I skied with the ski school director and had my own private mountain guide. My wife had her own instructor and, with his focused attention, vastly improved and gained confidence.
Sunlight Mountain review written Feb 13 2011 - 08:31 AM
Richard Weber Advanced Skier

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