Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Colorado in USA. The resort is in the town of Glenwood Springs, CO.
We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Sunlight Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Sunlight Mountain is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.
There are numerous options to stay at Sunlight Mountain around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Sunlight Mountain Mountain Resort Terrain Overview
Sunlight Mountain has a total of 72 ski trails, which are serviced by 3 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 730 acres, Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 295 hectares, 1.1 square miles, or 3.0 square kilometers.
Sunlight Mountain's slopes see on average 250 inches (6.4 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 20 feet every year!
Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort Elevation
Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 9,895 feet, or 3,016 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 7,885 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,010 feet (613 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
The summit of 9,895 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.
Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level
66.1out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Sunlight Mountain has 730 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Sunlight Mountain's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 30% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 55% as expert.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?
Sunlight Mountain is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 45% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.
Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort Location
Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Glenwood Springs, CO.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 USA
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Getting to Sunlight Mountain Mountain Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.40000, -107.34000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Glenwood Springs, CO to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort.
|Denver International Airport||DEN||Denver, CO||145 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Sunlight Mountain.
|Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy Field||ASE||Aspen, CO||28 mi|
|Eagle County Regional Airport||EGE||Eagle, CO||28 mi|
|Grand Junction Regional Airport||GJT||Grand Junction, CO||66 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort.
|Aspen Ski Resorts||Snowmass Village, CO||12,510 ft||74%||26 mi|
|Aspen Snowmass||Snowmass Village, CO||12,510 ft||68%||26 mi|
|Aspen Highlands Ski Resort||Aspen, CO||11,675 ft||78%||30 mi|
|Aspen Mountain Ski Resort||Aspen, CO||11,212 ft||62%||32 mi|
|Crested Butte||Crested Butte, CO||12,162 ft||77%||41 mi|
|Beaver Creek||Beaver Creek, CO||11,440 ft||64%||46 mi|
|Vail||Vail, CO||11,570 ft||79%||55 mi|
|Ski Cooper||Leadville, CO||11,700 ft||56%||56 mi|
|Cranor Hill Ski Area||Gunnison, CO||7,000 ft||0%||61 mi|
|Copper Mountain||Frisco, CO||12,441 ft||72%||63 mi|
|Breckenridge||Breckenridge, CO||12,998 ft||85%||70 mi|
|Keystone||Dillon, CO||12,408 ft||76%||75 mi|
|Powderhorn Ski Resort||Powderhorn, CO||9,850 ft||60%||78 mi|
|Loveland Ski Area||Dillon, CO||13,010 ft||65%||79 mi|
|Howelsen Hill Ski Area||Seamboat Springs, CO||7,136 ft||46%||79 mi|
|Monarch||Salida, CO||11,952 ft||53%||80 mi|
|Bluebird Backcountry||Kremmling, CO||9,845 ft||60%||81 mi|
|Ski Granby Ranch||Granby, CO||9,202 ft||32%||90 mi|
|Winter Park Resort||Winter Park, CO||12,060 ft||87%||91 mi|
|Lake City Ski Hill||Lake City, CO||8,847 ft||0%||96 mi|
|Lee's Ski Hill||Ouray, CO||0 ft||0%||97 mi|
|Steamboat||Clark, CO||10,568 ft||79%||99 mi|
Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||9,895 ft|
|Base Elevation||7,885 ft|
|Vertical Drop||2,010 ft|
(15% Beginner, 30% Intermediate, 55% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||250 inches|