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Let there be Garlic Chicken: Sunlight Mini-Mayor Passes Bill to Benefit Literacy Outreach of Glenwood Springs

Sunlight Food and Beverage Director Allison Rydin with Sunlight Mini-Mayor April Carter

Photo Credit: Sunlight Mountain

It’s been a historic week in Sunlight Nation, including the passage of the Garlic Chicken Act.

Today officials at Sunlight announced that the ski area will now serve plates of creamy Chicken Garlic on Sundays beginning in January, with 10 percent of proceeds to be donated to Literacy Outreach of Glenwood Springs (Literacy Outreach). The news comes just days after Sunlight celebrated it’s 54th birthday on Dec. 16, season opening on Dec. 11th.

On Saturday, six-year-old April Carter, currently serving as Sunlight Mini-Mayor, successfully lobbied for and passed the Garlic Chicken Act. Sunlight’s food and beverage director Allison Rydin was quick to support the enactment of the new menu item. The Sunlight Executive unanimously voted in favor of the flavor, so-to-speak. See the not-so-secret recipe below.

At Carters’ request, Sunlight will donate 10 percent of all sales of her dad’s Chicken Garlic to Literacy Outreach, the only nationally accredited program in Colorado that teaches essential reading skills to functionally illiterate adults. Literacy Outreach has more than 150 dedicated volunteers to who are committed to the cause of illiteracy and provide services that reach six communities throughout Garfield County since 1985.

Carter, who lives in Silt, Colo., and attends Cactus Valley Elementary, claimed victory in Sunlight’s fifth annual Mini-Mayor election on November 3rd.

The office of Mini-Mayor serves a one year term and only skiers and snowboarders aged 12 and under can hold office. Carter will keep her constituency updated on throughout the season via social media and a new outdoor display at the mountain.

“I want to be the Sunlight Mini-Mayor because it would be really fun, I’ve been skiing at Sunlight since I was three years old, and I love all the pathways this mountain has to offer. My favorite run is Ute because you can go really really fast!,” Carter said when launching her campaign. Carter will be competing in the Buddy Werner youth race league this season.

She is also working on a local coat drive and plans to strengthen Sunlight’s diplomatic ties with fairies so that there can be more fairy mailboxes on the mountain.

“Next time you are at Sunlight you need to find the fairy mailbox, you can take an item from the mailbox if you bring something to replace it with,” Carter says.

“I want my voters to know that I believe that anyone can ski or snowboard. Just remember, you can do it and never give up even if you fall down. You can always get back up. Remember it’s just snow!”

April’s Creamy Garlic Chicken

Prep & Cook Time: 30 minutes ish

Servings: 4-6


  • Chicken breast (3)
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup (22 ounces)
  • Can of diced tomatoes (14 ounces)
  • Clove of garlic
  • Milk 


Step 1: Cut the chicken breast in half

Step 2: Sear all sides of chicken so they are nice and brownish. Then remove and cool.

Step 3: Slice garlic so it is nice and chunky and saute

Step 4: Add Cream of Mushroom and diced tomatoes. Then add milk to thin out the sauce and stir.

Step 5: Serve with roll or French Bread (great for dipping) 


Interviews with Mini-Mayor Carter are availble upon request.