Sunlight marketing manager Jennie Spillane said hosting the chili cook-off portion of Ski Spree at the historic Hotel Colorado links the mountain and downtown for a true community event.
starts at 11 a.m. Saturday with the annual Rail Jam and runs through Sunday afternoon at the resort.
"We really wanted to incorporate downtown because we wanted Ski Spree
to be an event for anyone, for the entire town if we can, not just for people who ski and snowboard," Spillane
"This year the chili cook-off is at the Hotel Colorado
, and guests can enjoy chili, live music by the Missing Link Band
and fireworks, all for only 10 dollars."
Ski Spree chili cook-off attendees may purchase $10 wristbands that are also good for $10 off Sunlight lift tickets.
The wristbands, required for chili cook-off attendance, are available for advance purchase in Glenwood Springs at Sunlight Mountain Resort, Sunlight Ski and Bike
, the Hotel Colorado
, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
and ANB Bank
"With Ski Spree bracelets, visitors can sample and vote for their favorite chili, save $10 on lift tickets and receive discounts at participating local businesses throughout the weekend," Spillane
"The proceeds benefit Sunlight's
learn-to-ski programs for children."
said last year's chili cook-off with the valley's restaurants and chili cooks was a big draw for Ski Spree participants.
"Local restaurants and local cookers had a blast sharing their secret talent with others," she
"Rail Jam is part of the USASA Rocky Mountain Series and is an opportunity for competitors to accumulate points toward qualifying for the national competition in April," Spillane
said the competition, which spectators can view from the Sunlight deck, features jumping, sliding, riding and tricks on a USASA-approved course of rails, boxes, pipes and walls.
"It promises to draw elite athletes from around the region to compete," she
At 8 p.m. Saturday night, the city of Glenwood Springs hosts a sky show using the fireworks left over from the Fourth of July, as a toast to the Ski Spree festivities.
The fireworks display will launch from Two Rivers Park, which will be closed to the public, and can best be viewed from downtown Glenwood Springs, Spillane
"The show can easily be enjoyed from the courtyard of the Hotel Colorado
or the nearby pedestrian bridge that spans the Colorado River," she
continues Sunday, Feb. 9, with the Need-for-Speed competition starting at 11 a.m.
"It will be a challenge to see who can clock the fastest time down Sunlight's Joslin run," Spillane