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Copper Mountain making snow already

Daily Staff Report
Special to the DailyCopper Mountain employees man the snowguns early Thursday as the ski resort becomes the first in North America to begin snowmaking operations this year. The resort is scheduled to open Oct. 16.
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Last year, the resort began snowmaking operations on Oct. 3 and opened on Oct. 16. Copper Mountain’s opening day this season is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Recent capital improvements have allowed Copper to increase its snowmaking capacity while decreasing its overall water consumption. A C-90 compressor was purchased and installed in 2001, enabling the resort to decrease its water usage by an average of 14 percent over the past two seasons. The compressor has also allowed the resort to produce the same amount of snow at higher temperatures. Copper’s snowmaking water supply comes from Clinton Reservoir, which is currently filled to capacity, despite a summer season that brought little moisture.


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