Chairlifts for Charity: Copper Offers Vacations that Give Back to Local Non-Profits

Copper Mountain partners with three non-profit organizations to host noteworthy charitable events that support the Children’s Hospital of Colorado (Courage Classic), National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Hike MS) and the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research (Copper Triangle)

July 23, 2012

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado – July 23, 2012  – Vacationers are invited to enjoy Copper Mountain’s endless summer activities, while concurrently supporting philanthropic organizations during the Courage Classic, Hike MS and Copper Triangle events. While these events are especially appealing to avid cyclists and hikers, there are ample opportunities for guests of all ages and abilities to make a difference. “By hosting these types of events, we can provide our guests with experiences that are memorable, physically challenging and personally enriching,” said Copper spokesperson Katherine Bush.

Copper has long been a supporter of charity-based events and has witnessed the impressive and inspiring growth of the Courage Classic over its 23 year history. This past weekend, July 20-23, the Children’s Hospital Courage Classic tested the endurance of 2,400 ambitious cyclists as they conquered a 3-day, 157-mile course winding from Leadville to Copper Mountain and back. An expo area and dozens of village activities provided daily entertainment for non-riders, while community dinners and concerts created a relaxing evening atmosphere. This event sold out due to its overwhelming popularity, though donations may still be made by visiting

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On Saturday, July 28, the National MS Society challenges Copper guests and families with three progressively harder hiking routes during the Hike MS event. “MS is a disease that strikes the central nervous system, robbing people of movement. Everyone participating in Hike MS helps move us closer to more therapies for people living with MS today and ultimately a cure,” said Carrie Nolan, President of the National MS Society’s Colorado-Wyoming Chapter. Families may enjoy a leisurely 2-mile hike on the Green Route, while experienced hikers can choose the more advanced 5-mile Blue Route or attempt the 10-mile Black Diamond Route, all part of the Copper Mountain Resort trail system. “Our summer guests traditionally visit Copper for an endless array of outdoor activities and free concerts. By participating in Hike MS visitors will have the opportunity to give back to the local community while enjoying their summer getaway!” says Bush. Following the day’s hikes, Copper will host a benefit concert by Denver-based singer/songwriter Rob Drabkin. Donations support programs, services and research that benefit the 88,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming who are affected by MS.

Copper’s third charitable event takes place on August 4 and benefits the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research. The famous Copper Triangle has long been considered one of Colorado’s classic alpine road rides and is graced with 78 miles of breathtaking scenery, gorgeous roads and three challenging climbs. Guests and locals are encouraged to express support by greeting riders at the finish-line Alpine Celebration which features live music, a BBQ lunch and a cycling expo. Last year, Copper visitors, employees and members of the local community collectively contributed $100,000 to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Lodging packages start at just $99 during Hike MS and Courage Classic weekends. To reserve, call (866) 837-2996 or visit

(970) 968-2318 x 38892

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