Ski Blog... Been doing this since 2005!

February 16, 2006

Just spoke to John at Sunlight Mountain to check on the snow and make plans for my trip up this year. Sunlight has some very cool stuff going on including free Rail and Jump clinics as well as some Freestyle competition:

There are only so many spots available at the X-Games. But at Sunlight Mountain, the competition is open to all comers. Some of the local big hitters take advantage of the opportunity to have a great time and put on an awesome show at the Freestyle Festival. On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26, Sunlight Mountain Resort is proud to host the Bring The Funk Freestyle Festival. It all kicks off Saturday at 10:00am with a free hour-long rail clinic in our newly expanded Centre of the Rockies Terrain Park. Skiers and boarders of all abilities are invited to come out and learn the basics of riding rails. At 11:00am, the Slopestyle Comp starts; and the Snow Skate Jam commences at 3:00pm.

Sunday begins with a free one-hour jump clinic at 10:00am followed by a Big Air Comp on Dotsero at 1:00pm. At 3:00pm, there will be a film showing of the Joslin Freeride Invitational from the previous Thursday, Feb. 23. Local jam band, The Hideouts play live music at Sunlight Inn from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

For more information about the Bring The Funk Freestyle Festival, please call us at 1-800-445-7931

Sunlight is comparable in size to Brian Head. I love skiing at the smaller and less crowded resorts because you tend to get a better value out of the trip. Let's be honest, unless you ski an area for three or four days straight or more, the difference between 500 acres and 3,000 does not matter anyway. I find a set of runs I like and I usually stick to them until I get bored. Now it does make a difference in finding freshies, but when the snow is good (and it has been excellent in Colorado this year), I would ski a cornfield with a rope tow if it were steep enough.

I am planning an epic vacation time burning trip in two weeks and plan to hit the resorts in Summit that I have not hit yet as well as spend a good deal of time at Sunlight. At $75 a pop for a ticket at most of the Summit Resorts and more at Vail and Aspen, who wants to pay an extra $35 per day for acreage you are not going to use. The best skiing values I have found are Sunlight, A-Basin, Loveland, Alta, and Brian Head, all coming in around $40-45 per day.

Posted by Justin at 11:40 AM

December 26, 2005

RAIL JAM SERIES at Sunlight Mountain

Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs, CO is hosting the 2006 Sunlight Rail Jam Series on the new Roaring Fork Centre of the Rockies Terrain Park. Sunlight Mountain has blown out its three rail parks with tons of metal rails, table tops, rainbow rails, volcanoes, and large jumps all new this year!

Trickriders compete on three consecutive Sundays - January 8, 15, and 22, 2006. First prize is a 2006-2007 Sunlight Season Pass. Smaller prizes given at each round to the daily points leader.

Registration fee is $5 per round or $10 for all three. Registration begins at 9am Jan. 8 at Sunlight Mountain. Riders receive a raffle ticket for each day they are registered. The raffle is for your choice of a new snowboard or pair of trick skis.

Each round consists of a morning and afternoon session. Morning session starts at 11am. Afternoon sessions start at 2pm. Each rider performs tricks on a designated section of the terrain park. Riders will be judged on their skill, style and trick difficulty. Their scores for the day will be averaged. Daily leaders and points placement for each round will be announced at 4pm in the day lodge. At the end of the final round, all scores are averaged. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place receive prizes. The final Award Ceremony and Raffle Drawing are at 4pm, Jan. 22.

Riders!! Plan to show up and win a Sunlight Mountain Season Pass! For directions and more info, visit

Posted by johns at 12:32 PM | Comments (1)

December 23, 2005

Introductions and New Information on Sunlight Mountain, CO

John from Sunlight Mountain has offered to provide some insight and information for the site and act as a guest blogger. John works at Sunlight Mountain in Colorado and will be providing details on conditions, events, and information about Sunlight Mountain and anything else of note in the area.

I am going to start accepting guest posts periodically from partners, readers, and other contributors. I am in the process of setting up an e-mail for submissions and am already syndicating several blogs including JP's Colorado Backcountry and Wil's 120 Days of Powder site. Check the "Blog Feeds" at the top for links to recent posts at their sites.

I am also starting a series of resort profile pages that contain information and details as well as links to things of interest. Look for the changes and John's entries to start shortly and in the meantime, check out Sunlight Mountain Resort.

Posted by Justin at 02:53 PM