Sunlight Mountain Resort, just southwest of Glenwood Springs, is for sale and the potential for change to the small ski area and the surrounding area is enormous. Sunlight sits up a windy, close to capacity, two-lane road outside of town . It is one of Colorado's most affordable ski areas, with daily lift tickets that cost $39 this winter, compared with $78 at nearby resorts like Aspen. Although a narrow, rural valley, the land at Sunlight's base is zoned for up to 780 residential units and a retail village (small Snowmass Village anyone?). An adjacent 1,317-acre parcel is also for sale, along with water rights for substantial development.
Sunlight also holds U.S. Forest Service permits that would allow it to add 2,000-plus acres of skiable terrain.The ski area has been owned by a group of 32 investors since 1992. They decided last fall to sell the property instead of investing the more than $10 million needed to update its infrastructure. The listing price is $50 million.