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Ski Sunlight as a Family: Manageable and Fun!

Honestly, I didn’t know there was any skiing in Glenwood Springs until last summer when we went to explore. Up top, at the Glenwood Caverns, our guide told us about how the town was a great place for families—with year-round activities—and how his own kids had learned to ski “up at Sunlight.” Our eyes followed in the direction he was pointing, up beyond the red, iron-rich hills to the thickly wooded mountains above. And we thought, Someday, that’d be fun to see.

So we were excited to be invited sooner than later, to experience the Ski Swim Stay package (starting at $89 per person) that’s offered widely in Glenwood. And we came away thinking it was a package we could recommend to anyone. Our family drove up on a Thursday, and enjoyed no traffic, which got us there in under three hours (from Denver), via I-70. You definitely want to take this road at least once—the “most celebrated stretch of highway in the U.S.A.” if you’re to believe the state markers—with its elevated roads that wind along the river, beneath, picturesque, towering cliffs, just before you get into town. And with a dusting of snow? Truly beautiful.

NOTE: Four, count ‘em, FOUR, rest stops are on that stretch of highway. It’s every family’s roadtrippin’ dream! At least at the end….

We settled into the AmericInn, right off 6th Avenue (more on that below) and that night went to eat at the Italian Underground. We returned in time to take advantage of the AmericInn’s fabulous indoor water park, complete with a two-story water slide and generous whirlpool.