On Friday, Jan. 6, Sunlight Mountain Resort will once again be the most affordable ski area in the nation offering $20 lift tickets to all as part of its annual Skier Appreciation Day. Now in its 30th year, all ticket sale proceeds from the day are donated to the local United Way. The event is sponsored by United Companies of Glenwood Springs and has raised more than $200,000 for local charities.
The generosity of the Sunlight has made this a great annual event that provides crucial funding for nearly three dozen local charities, its always a great pleasure to see people having fun while knowing that they are giving back to the community in the process, said Phil Long, event organizer and former sales representative for United Companies.
First held in 1986, the annual event benefits non-profits that provide a variety of services including after-school programs for students, help for victims of domestic violence and abused or neglected children, early childhood education, developmental programs for people with disabilities, home and hospice services for seniors, and more. This year Skier Appreciation Day will pay tribute to Sunlights 50th Birthday season by celebrating the 1960s, the era of Flower Power. The best hippy costume wins a 2017/18 season pass, and Sunlight will also give away a pair of its limited edition 50th Anniversary skis by Meier along with many other gifts. Meanwhile the Steve Skinner Band, a locals favorite, will be performing their best 60s cover-tunes. Music starts at 2 p.m.
Teacher and Student Appreciation Day Set for Jan. 8
Once again Sunlight will also honor local teachers and students on Sunday, Jan. 8. The resort will host its annual Teacher and Student Appreciation Day that offers $20 lift ticket to all RE-2 students, and free skiing for teachers and school staff. Participants just need to show valid school identification to cash-in on the discount.