Copper Mountain’s season off to big start |

Copper Mountain’s season off to big start

Summit Daily News
Copper Mountain, CO Colorado
Mark Fox/Summit Dailyoarders, skiers and snowbikers wait to drop into the superpipe at Copper Mountain, Colorado Friday as a snow-covered Tenmile Range stands out in the background.

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado ” Copper Mountain, Colorado crews won the race to be the first in the nation to open a terrain park superpipe for the season and are working to open more terrain after Friday’s snowfall.

The resort has 130 acres of terrain open on nine trails and is operating six lifts, including the Super Bee, with access from Skid Road only.

This is the fourth year in a row Copper has been the first ski area in the country to get a major pipe open for jibbers. Copper’s superpipe is the venue for USSA Grand Prix Dec 12-13, one of the first big competitions on the winter calendar.

As more terrain opens, the resort’s ski and ride school is highlighting several new programs, including a real-time GPS system that lets parents track their kids’ progress on the slopes.

Parents can also stay tuned to what their younsters are learning with orientation sessions, scheduled shortly after each day’s lessons begin.

The new Copper posse program focuses on park-and-pipe and all-mountain skills for participants who already are proficient intermediates and who want to become better in all terrain, especially big-mountain freeriding.

Express group lessons match one instructor with no more than three people for an all-day experience that includes mountain knowledge and pointers on skills, styles and tactics.

Specialized programs include the new bump busters, headed by competitive mogul skier Stephen Karp and taught by a team of competitive-level certified instructors. The program touches on several aspects of mogul and overall skiing, including training, stance and balance, mogul etiquette, line choice and mental focus, all while tapping into the energy and the patience to make it happen.

A similar tree busters program focuses on short-radius turns, balance, stance, and taking guests through a progression designed to give them the tools and confidence needed for tree skiing or riding.

The powder and carving program focuses on deep snow riding and skiing. Participants will learn how to not dig their tips in the snow and go for a roll, or get exhausted with powder still on the ground. And since there isn’t fresh powder every day, students will learn to transfer some of those skills to carving on groomed runs.

The ski and ride school will also offer lessons at 11 a.m. in addition to the traditional 10 a.m. starting time. For more information about all of Copper’s ski and ride school offerings, visit

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