Vail Resorts recently announced it’s increasing its walk-up window price for this season to the hefty price of $175 USD. But, that’s still not enough to hold down the top spot. That honor is bestowed on Sunlight Mountain, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, that upped the ante for a one-day lift ticket to $700 USD – otherwise know as The Sunny 700.
At a comparatively meager 680 acres and known more for it’s family friendliness than a ritzy vibe, Sunlight Mountain is not exactly the same caliber of resort as Vail. What’s the deal? Sunlight Mountain is taking a novel approach to celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary. Baked into that price point comes a new pair of Colorado-made Meier skis plus a day pass to the nearby Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Snowboarders take note – a discounted rate of a mere $600 gets you a snowboard in lieu of the skis.
Meier Skis, offering ‘handmade skis from Colorado trees,’ has partnered with Sunlight Mountain to help them celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Generally a very budget friendly mountain, The Sunny 700 is a new line item to the menu. Fear not, Sunlight will continue to offer it’s midweek lift tickets for under $40 and peak pricing at $63 – sans skis, of course.
“We are covering both bases. Now we can boast that we have one of the most affordable skiing experiences in the industry, as well as the most expensive special one-day lift ticket offering in the country.”
Troy Hawks, Sunlight’s marketing head
Sunlight Mountain includes one of the steeper runs in Colorado – The Heathen – at a 52 degree pitch. It also claims some of the best tree skiing in the state with snow in the aspen groves lasting for days after a storm.
Opening Day for Sunlight Mountain is set for this Friday, December 9, 2016.