Check-in starts at 6 am on March 2nd in the Sunlight Lodge.

The Challenge starts promptly at 7 am!


Participation is limited to 50 teams

*Please note, this event is dependent upon the snow conditions at Sunlight Mountain Resort.


We are looking for Volunteers to assist with various positions and shifts the day of the Defiance Challenge.

Please contact:              Michelle Eisenring   970.948.4132                 

Silent Auction 

Sunlight Mountain Lodge day of the event

9 am - 7 pm.

If you would like to donate to the Silent Auction please contact:

Vicki Ruechel:    970.618.4446


$125.00 Per Team for registrations received by 2/14/18 

$150.00 Per Team for registrations received after 2/15/18

Entry fee includes: Event Hat, T-Shirt, lift ticket, after event dinner and party.

Defiance Challenge

The Defiance Challenge is an annual event held the first Friday in March.   Proceeds from the event are split between the Sunlight Ski Patrol and the family of a fallen patroller.   The family of Joe Zuiches has been selected as the 2018 recipient.   

March 2, 2018

are you up for the challenge?

Sunlight Ski Patrol

Past receipents

Mark Gage

John Clauson

Rocky Scott Miles

Jesse Williams

​Dave Repsher

most laps completed

       2012  Dan Sprick/Jake Wolfe

       2013  Jessica Gerstner/Mark Robbins

       2014  Sam Fuller/Tom Brunner

       2015  Ian Sandrey/Tanner Neil

​       2016  Tom Brunner/Bobbi Lombardi  

       2017   Garrett Jolley/Nick Fetchik         

How many of Sunlight's 40 most challenging runs can you and a partner complete in 10 hours?