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Giving Skiers a (Pink) Lift

Sunlight Mountain Resort Mini Mayor Colby Rogers lobbies for a pink chair lift.

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Who says politicians can’t get anything done? Sunlight Mountain Resort Mini Mayor Colby Rogers, of Rifle, Colorado, started her second term in office by successfully lobbying to paint a chairlift at the resort bright pink. It’s no small feat considering Rogers is only six years old.

“For me as her mom, it was important that the lift got painted because it made [Colby] take initiative and ask for what she wanted,” says Jade Rogers. “She had to make a speech to the general manager and write it down so she wouldn’t forget it. It’s been an adventure, but worth every moment.” Jade applauded the resort for listening to even its youngest skiers.

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On January 11, Colby realized her dream and took the first ride on the chairlift with Sunny Yeti, the Sunlight mascot, at her side. “The pink chairlift is important because it’s pretty, and pink makes people happy,” says Colby.

She didn’t stop at the chairlift though, Colby has also used her office to raise money for Make a Wish Colorado. Staying true to a campaign platform, Colby added her favorite food, spaghetti, to the menu at Sunlight with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the foundation.

Sunlight elects a new mini mayor each November through an online voting process. Skiers and snowboarders age 12 and under are invited to campaign and run for the office. mini-mayor.com

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