While our last couple of trips were shining examples of spring skiing, day six was a true snowy, winter, blustery day of powder. It was back to thirty-degree temps, and we were layered up to enjoy a Sunday full of fresh snow and runs at Sunlight Mountain Resort.
Day six: 3/14/21
We ushered in day six with an unbelievable powder day. Coloradans are all-too familiar with the epic snowstorm that hit Denver hard last week; the same storm trickled our way in lesser amounts, but we still felt the effects. The result was about 20 inches over the weekend of fresh snow for us to enjoy.
After a mostly relaxing weekend at home, we decided to hit up Sunlight on Sunday morning. I was very tired (okay, cranky), especially with the time change and an hour less of sleep, and a little random hip flexor soreness. However, we got up and went as early as we could, and it was worth it.
On the slopes
This time around was a little interesting. It’d been a week since our last visit, but our bodies seemed to still be in recovery mode; meaning, we weren’t quite as solid skill-wise. We had a fairly short day, though it was intense with the powder—we quickly realized that all of the loose snow is more challenging. Your body works harder to navigate and stay in control compared to packed down, groomed snow.
We decided to jump right in with a run down our new favorite trail, Ferret’s Hollow (blue). To get here, you go up the short midway lift Tercero, ski half way to the Primo lift, and ride it all the way to the top. Once there, you ski down to the left, keep right at the fork (snowboarders beware—you need to keep your speed as there’s a slight cat-walk here), and follow the run through a slight tree path. You keep going until you merge with the last third of the Ute run (green). This run is best when there’s lots of snow to keep the ground covered, so it was fun to experience it with a ton of powder.
Next, we did the exact same thing. After that, we took a little beer break at the lodge and gave our muscles a quick rest. While there, we saw one of our friends and decided to go together to the top, and skied Cornice (blue) together.
We finished our day with a final run down the midway Tercero lift. In line, we happened to bump into our next door neighbors, which was a hilarious way to end our time at Sunlight. We realized that as small as the world feels, Sunlight always feels smaller.
As promised, I hope to have more photos and less words as I go. 🙂