Copper Mountain (Colorado)

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Copper Mountain
Base area in March 2006
Base area in March 2006
Location White River National Forest
Summit County, Colorado, U.S.
Nearest city Frisco: 8 miles (13 km)
Denver: 75 miles (120 km)
Coordinates 39°30′06″N 106°09′23″W / 39.50167°N 106.15639°W / 39.50167; -106.15639 (Copper Mountain)
Vertical   2,601 ft (793 m)
Top elevation 12,313 ft (3,753 m)
Base elevation   9,712 ft (2,960 m)
Skiable area 2,465 acres (10.0 km2)
Runs 126 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 21% easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 25% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 36% advanced
Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg - 18% expert
Lift system 22 total (5 high-speed chairs, 10 chairs, 6 surface, 1 tubing)
Snowfall 310 in (790 cm)
Snowmaking yes
Night skiing no
Web site coppercolorado.com
CopperMountain is located in United States
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Copper Mountain is a mountain and ski resort located in Summit County, Colorado, about 75 miles (120 km) west of Denver on Interstate 70. The resort has 2,465 acres (10.0 km2) of in-bounds terrain under lease from the U.S. Forest Service, White River National Forest, Dillon Ranger District.

History[edit]

The resort opened in November 1972 and was owned and operated by Intrawest until December 2009, when operations were sold to Powdr Corporation.[1]

Copper Mountain hosted the World Cup tour in 1976 with four alpine ski races: slalom and giant slalom for both men and women. Copper was a late-season replacement for Heavenly Valley in California, which was low on snow.[2] Rosi Mittermaier of West Germany won both women's races and wrapped up the 1976 overall and slalom titles, and Copper named "Rosi's Run" after her that same weekend.[3]

The mountain is the starting point of the Colorado's Copper Triangle, a road cycling circuit that has been the home of the annual Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle Alpine Cycling Classic since 2005. This event benefits the Davis Phinney Foundation, an organization committed to improving the lives of those with Parkinson's Disease.[4]

In February, 2009, Woodward Camp opened a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) indoor ski and snowboard training facility dedicated to terrain park and pipe progression.

The resort recently became an official U.S. Ski Team downhill training venue, beginning with the 2011–2012 season.

Location[edit]

CopperMountain is located in Colorado
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Location in central Colorado

The closest town is Frisco, 8 miles (13 km) east on the southwest shore of Dillon Reservoir, on an arm known as Frisco Bay. Nearby resorts within Summit County include Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin, all just west of the Continental Divide.

The Eagles Nest Wilderness Area is immediately north of Copper Mountain. Across I-70 are the Gore Range Trail and Wheeler Lakes Trail. The North Tenmile Creek Trail and Meadow Creek Trail descend into Frisco from the Gore Range Trail.

Resort[edit]

Spaulding Ridge wildflowers, summer 2008.

The lodging, dining, and entertainment facilities at Copper Mountain are divided into three villages: East Village, The Village at Copper (AKA Center Village), and West Village (formerly Union Creek).

Olympic medalist Putzi Frandl worked at Copper Mountain as a ski instructor for many years beginning in 1984[citation needed]

Statistics[edit]

Early morning fog, top of the American Flyer lift, 2006

Elevation[edit]

  • Summit: 12,313 ft (3,753 m)
  • Base: 9,712 ft (2,960 m)
  • Vertical: 2,601 ft (793 m)

Trails[edit]

  • Trails: 126 total (21% beginner, 25% intermediate, 36% advanced, 18% expert)
  • Acres: 2,465 acres (9.98 km2)
  • Average annual snowfall: 310 in (790 cm)
  • Snowmaking 05/06 : 380 acres (1.5 km2)[5]
  • Bowls: 3 (Resolution, Spaulding, Copper)
  • Peaks: 3 (Copper, Tucker, Union)
  • Snowcat: 1 (Tucker Mountain Snow Cat)
Resolution Bowl as seen from the top of Peak 8 at Breckenridge

Lifts[edit]

  • 22 total
    • 1 high speed six pack
    • 5 high speed quad lifts
    • 5 triple chairlifts
    • 4 double chairlifts
    • 2 surface lifts
    • 4 conveyor lifts
    • 1 tubing zone lift

References[edit]

  1. ^ Copper Mountain sold to Powdr Corporation
  2. ^ "World Cup in Colorado". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. March 5, 1976. p. 28. 
  3. ^ "Rosi has run named for her". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. March 8, 1976. p. 20. 
  4. ^ "Copper Triangle Bicycle Tour". Colorado Summit Magazine. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Copper Mountain Resort: Take a snow day at Copper". Summit Daily. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

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