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I rolled into the Sunlight parking lot on a bluebird Friday morning. This was no ordinary Friday, this was Skier Appreciation Day, an awesome $15 ticket deal that I totally missed (yes, I’m working on a nice big button so y’all can submit deals). Most charity events take place during pre-season, so it’s fantastic that Sunlight sets aside a high traffic Friday in January to raise money for the United Way.
What a day. I met a wild family that had driven out for Moab, a group of Aspen Highland ski patrollers enjoying a day off, and a group from New Orleans who had never been in the mountain before. Cheap lift tickets brings everyone together it would seem.
No new snow today at Sunlight which bummed me out…until my first run. I went straight to the edge of the map and immediately found tons of untracked snow hidden in the aspens. Sunlight may look small, but there is a lot happening here. For instance, rolling through some gentle aspens, I suddenly found myself in a cleared chute with a steep pitch that reminded me of Mad River Glen, VT.
And not one person had been down it in the last few days. Now that is a Colorado gem.
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