by Little Lightning, 5th Grade Passport Correspondent
Sunlight Mountain Resort is the ski area I know best because it is my home ski area. What can I say? It is my second home and I spend a lot of time there. My Dad is a volunteer ski patroller there and that has been really nice for me to tag along and hit the slopes. My favorite ski runs at Sunlight are Sun King, Primo, and Perry’s plunge. I know a secret about Sunlight and that is the awesome tree skiing. For the families who ski and snowboard together having only one base area is nice so you all end up at the same place and can find each other. One of my favorite games is for some of my friends and family to all go on a different ski run and see who gets to the base first.
Sunlight Mountain Resort is a family friendly ski area and it is very affordable. Some of the things I love the most are the great customer service and that everyone who works there is part of a big family. The employees communicate with everyone to make the best experience while they are there. Dave the lift supervisor takes this very seriously and makes sure his lift operators are doing a great job. My favorite lift operator is Ana; she has a special way with people. Rachel, the food and beverage person at the resort said that if you are extra nice she would add a free cherry on top of your hot cocoa. I love the hot cocoa. Can you tell that I love cocoa? It is my favorite and if your hot cocoa is good then I am a happy girl! Thanks to the paid ski patrollers and the volunteer patrollers for keeping us all safe.
Sunlight Mountain Resort also has a store in downtown Glenwood Springs on the corner of 9th and Cooper. If you need rentals and lift tickets and you don’t want to wait until you are on the Mountain, you can get them at the shop. I enjoy shopping there and looking for great deals.
Sunlight just got a few more inches of fresh snow and all the runs are open. Come visit and see what all the excitement is about.
Hi, it is Little Lightning here again and I am so excited because I had my first awesome day of skiing with the 5th grade passport program! My Dad and I went last weekend to A-Basin and had a wonderful day! I will definitely be going back to ski there again soon.
Arapahoe Basin, or A-Basin for short as it is known to the locals, was the first resort to open this season. It was also the first place I ever skied back when I was 3 years old. Some of you may wonder why people call Arapahoe Basin “the Legend”. I was told that people in the old days would say the skiing was legendary and so that is how the phrase came to life.
Not all the trails were open at A-Basin last weekend and that didn’t matter because we were still able to ski Lenawee Face, Dercums Gulch, Ramrod, High Noon, and my Dad’s favorite green trail in the whole wide world, Sundance. It was a really nice day, and the customer service was amazing. We were warmly welcomed by Arapahoe Basin staff from the parking lot, guest services, lifties, ski patrol and the workers in the lodges. (continue reading…)
[Editor's note: We're thrilled to announce the newest member of the Ski Country blogging team. Little Lightning is participating in Colorado Ski Country USA's 5th Grade Passport Program, which offers fifth graders up to sixty free days of skiing, as well as a free lesson and rental equipment for fifth graders who are brand new to skiing and snowboarding. Tune in throughout the ski season to keep tabs on her adventures as she visits resorts all across Ski Country, takes her skiing ability to the next level, and enjoys Colorado's signature winter sport.]
Hi, I’m Little Lightning and I will be eleven years old in October. I started skiing when I was three and when I was four it became my passion. I like to ski everything from trees, moguls, powder, to terrain parks, especially when I am with my friends and family.
I’ve been so excited about the 5th grade passport program since I heard about it a couple years ago. In the past, I have skied at Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Powderhorn, and three ski areas in South Dakota. I’m looking forward to being a representative for the 5th grade passport program and I can’t wait to ski at places I haven’t been before, like Eldora, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Loveland, Winter Park, Granby Ranch, Steamboat Springs, Ski Cooper, Monarch, Crested Butte, Telluride, Durango Mountain, and last but not least Wolf Creek.
I will do a report on every area I ski this winter and I will be letting everyone know where the good food is, the best skiing, and the shortest lift lines. Feel free to contact me at LLightning@Coloradoski.com with any questions or comments you might have.
Most of all I’m looking forward to making many new skiing and snowboarding friends. Think snow!