Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sunlight Mountain, Glenwood Springs and the Hot Springs

This weeks journey started last Saturday in Colorado going through Steamboat, Utah - Canyons, Snowbird, Alta and Sundance - has me brought me for a couple of nights to Glenwood Springs. The ride over was a delightful drive in blue skies against snow covered peaks covered just over 300 miles of mostly highway driving in juts over 5 hours. I had left Sundance resort just out of Provo on Thursday afternoon and arrived in Glenwood staying at The Ramada right downtown. The Ramada staff was great and the room was comfortable with a great bed. One note of merit the downstairs 6th Street Grill served up a great burger right before closing to make sure this was one happy guest. It was right at the wire of closing and the staff made sure I got my meal in. A nice selection of local micro-brews and I was a happy camper.

Friday I was greeted again by deep blue skies as I drove the short 25 minutes from in town to Sunlight Mountain Resort. Sunlight Mountain is known as one of Colorado's hidden gems. Tucked between the mega resorts of Vail and Aspen each about an hour in different directions, Sunlight offers a family friendly and laid back ski and snowboard experience. The skiing on this day was perfect soft snow groomed to perfection on the groomed runs and soft cut up powder from the most recent storm earlier in the week. I had never skied the area before and enjoyed the selection of glades that ranged from moderate to the selection of double black tighter and steeper glades. Lift ticket prices are half what the charge at the mega resorts coming in at $50 as the top ticket price. The greater bargain is using the Mountain Sports Club discounts that include 2 for 1, half price and even a free lift ticket offer.

After enjoying the day of skiing I went and gathered the swim suit for a soak in the natural hot Sulphur Springs pools in town. This ritual has played out for ever in Glenwood. The hot springs resort tight on the Colorado River is as soothing and relaxing a way to end a day as one will ever enjoy.  Today it is up and at it for the short one hour drive to Vail to ski with my sons before heading back home to Boulder. Look for more up dates and stories from the past week next week.

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