Sunlight Ski Area – Colorado Family Ski Vacation

sunlight1With nearly 700 skiable acres and 2,000 vertical feet, Sunlight Mountain Resort offers big skiing at an affordable price. Plus, guests enjoy one of the best snowmobile tours in Colorado as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There is so much to smile about here at Sunlight, and it’s all just 12 miles from downtown Glenwood Springs.

Best Gear for Keeping Families Warm. There are plenty of places to cut corners and save money on Colorado’s ski slopes but having quality gear is not among them. Our must-haves include these Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Top and Bottoms, Hestra Classic 3-Finger Snow Glove (also available in junior sizes), Minus33 Merino Wool Balaclava, and Obermeyer’s I-Grow Ski Jackets and Pants which provide a simple way to lengthen the sleeves and cuffs of your child’s jackets and pants (our quickly-growing kids could wear them 2-3 seasons!) Columbia has a similar line of expandable winter jackets for kids. Nothing kills a good ski day like having a whining, cold child so be sure to have a bulk supply of hand warmers available (and you can even find rechargeable hand warmers that are like a portable pocket heater).

Let it snow!

Sunlight Ski Area – Colorado Family Ski Vacation

Season dates and hours
November 25, 2022 to April 2, 2023
Area (acres)
More than 680 acres
What family-friendly amenities does your resort offer? 
Sunlight offers free parking just steps from the lifts, plus convenient lockers, and a cafeteria where families can enjoy fresh burgers and sandwiches hot off the grill. Sunlight’s base area is easy to navigate and the mountain features uncrowded slopes and the perfect terrain for learning to ski or snowboard. At night, stay with us at the Sunlight Lodge.
Adult lift ticket prices?
Child lift ticket prices and at what age kids ski free?
$39* Kids 12 and under ski free. 
Is there on-site childcare and if so, what is the starting cost?
What is the starting cost of ski/ride school? 
All packages include professional instruction + equipment + lift ticket + lesson. Must reserve at least 48 hours in advance. Two-hour lesson starts at $95. 
Where can families go for deals on lift tickets/lodging or special promotions?
Sunlight’s Ski, Swim, and Stay package truly is the Colorado ski vacation that families can afford. Kids 12 and under ski free, and your entire family can enjoy soaking in the World’s largest hot springs pool after your day on the slopes. And when it’s time to rest up for another day on the slopes, families have their choice of staying at 8 premier lodging properties. Find more at
What area (off-mountain) activities would appeal to families for their winter vacation? 
Sunlight offers one of the most popular snowmobile tours in Colorado! Many of our guests return year-after-year to enjoy open riding in the snow-filled backcountry. Plus, we have 29 kilometers of groomed cross-country and snowshoe trails that wind their way through a gorgeous high valley called Babbish Gulch, flanked by Sunlight Mountain and the 10,300-foot Williams Peak. There is no charge for trail use.

Distance from Denver
150 miles
10901 County Rd. 117
Glenwood Springs, CO
*Note: Information and prices are subject to change and most resorts offer discounted rates if you purchase online seven days in advance. Many resorts do not publish a set lift ticket price. When compiling our list, we used the date Saturday, January 10, 2023 as our base to compare prices. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. While clicking these links won’t cost you extra money, they help us keep this site up and running. See our disclosure policy.