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Copper Mountain: Sluggish economy doesnt deter skiers

Ashley Dicksonadickson@summitdaily.comCopper Mountain, CO Colorado
Eric Drummond/Summit DailyAllen and Christie Bates soak up some sun Sunday afternoon while enjoying the holiday weekend at Copper Mountain, Colorado.
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COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado Despite tough economic times, holiday visitors flocked to Copper Mountain, Colorado this past weekend to brave the long lift lines and hit the powder stashes.The conditions were great, and this seems like a light crowd compared to most holidays, Arkansas resident Allan Bates said while soaking in the sun at the base of Copper Mountain Sunday afternoon. We come to Copper every Christmas, and we are very fortunate that we were still able to do it this year.Fellow riders out for the holidays agreed that the economic climate had little bearing on their decision to take a ski vacation and, for those who made it out on Sunday, sunny skies put many financial worries on the back burner.When the sun is out and the snow is good, the last thing you want to think about is the economy, Clint Redding of Minnesota said with a laugh.Sure, its on everyones mind,he said. But at the end of the day Im not going to let my failing stock options ruin my ski season.Weekend snow flurries also kept the powder hounds happy, and Copper Mountain reported some eight inches of fresh white stuff just in time for the holiday crowds.The snow is awesome, Evergreen resident Monika Wood said while rushing to get in a few more afternoon runs. Im a hard-core skier, so every second Im not working Im trying to get up here.Snowy Summit County was the epitome of Christmas cheer for many families who chose to journey to the mountains for their holiday, and the festive vibe was an added incentives for folks to stay and spend money locally.We love coming up to the mountains because everyone is so friendly, Christie Bates said. Also, the Outlet Mall is having lots of Christmas specials, so that is another reason to come up this time of year.


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