13/14 What's New
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For the 2013/14 winter season,Copper Mountain Resort has committed to an investment of close to $7M in capital for improvements. Phase I of the High Alpine Project includes the upgrade and replacement of the Storm King lift. Copper Mountain guests will see a new t-bar lift in its place, providing access to the unforgettable skiing and riding in Spaulding Bowl, Upper Enchanted Forest and Copper Bowl. The new Storm King lift will offer a substantial upgrade doubling the up-hill lift capacity from the original lift. Also, Copper Mountain has installed “Celebrity Ridge,” a new surface lift at the top of the Sierra chairlift providing easier access to some of the best skiing in Colorado. Union Peak, Union Meadows, West Ridge and Copper Bowl will be accessible from the top of this new lift, located adjacent to the top of the Mountain Chief chair. Copper’s commitment to The 12’s also means improved ski out in Spaulding Bowl and rock work within the Sierra area, allowing the high alpine terrain at Copper Mountain to open earlier and stay open longer.
For information on the future of Copper's high alpine project, please visit www.coppercolorado.com/12s
Copper Mountain is home to skiing and snowboarding Olympic hopefuls training for their respective disciplines on the resort’s world-class facilities. Leading into the 2014 Sochi Olympics, keep Copper Mountain on your radar for all training preparations of the U.S. Ski, U.S. Snowboarding, and U.S. Freeskiing Teams as they prepare for the world stage in February.
The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain
All eyes will be on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center venue early in the season, as the U.S. Ski Team prepares for the main event: the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain is the only full-length training venue of its kind available early season in the world. New this winter, Copper Mountain hosts a massive pep-rally to celebrate and officially announce and name the U.S. Alpine Ski Team on Nov. 8, to kick off the U.S. Ski Team Olympic Season.
U.S. Ski Team Speed Center Background
In the summer of 2011, Copper Mountain Resort and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA)announced a long-term partnership to create the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, an exclusive on-snow alpine ski racing venue designed to provide full-length downhill training by early November every season. In only two seasons of operation, the training center has boosted U.S. athletes to seven World Cup titles and four World Championship medals. Additionally the Best in the World women’s speed team has won the nations standings for downhill the last two winters. Interviews are available with the U.S. Ski Team and coaches upon request.
The Road to Sochi Continues with the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix World Cup at Copper Mountain, Dec. 19–22
Copper Mountain kicks off the U.S. Sprint Grand Prix series, which will be used for U.S. Olympic team selection, Dec. 19 - 22. In 2012, Copper hosted over 500 athletes from 13 countries and the stakes will be even higher in 2013, with a potential Olympic bid on the line. Both slopestyle and halfpipe disciples with be featured at Copper Mountain before making their world debut in February in Russia. Athletes will be throwing their biggest and best tricks in the second-to-last qualifier before Sochi. Top athletes from all over the world are expected to compete giving spectators a chance to watch and rub elbows with the sport’s next big stars this December at Copper Mountain.
"It's really exciting as the Winter Olympics approach. I know I need to keep focused and working hard to ensure that I will earn a spot on that team. The pressure only gets bigger with each passing contest."
–Keri Herman, U.S. Freeskiing Athlete, World Cup Champion
Grand Prix and Copper Mountain History
Copper Mountain has a long history hosting the Grand Prix series, one of the longest-standing and celebrated tours in action sports history. This year marks the 18th season of the Grand Prix and its 6th year running at Copper Mountain. In 2012/13 the Freeskiing and Snowboarding Superpipe and Slopestyle disciplines were added to the World Cup lineup by the International Ski Federation (FIS). This accreditation made the Copper Mountain stop the first domestic U.S. qualifier and the first chance for athletes to gain qualification points for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Interviews are available with the U.S. Freeskiing, U.S. Snowboarding teams and coaches upon request.
Save the Date: U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding Media Day
Copper Mountain, December 19
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Interview Opportunity - Woodward at Copper’s Olympian Molds Future Olympians
Phoebe Mills, Woodward at Copper’s Programming Manager, embodies the foundation of Woodward training. Woodward was built on the groundwork of gymnastics and action sports, providing a place where aspiring riders and skiers can learn and perfect new skills in the safe environment of the Woodward at Copper Barn facility before taking them to the snow. Mills, an Olympic bronze medalist in gymnastics at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, will travel to Sochi, Russia this February as an U.S. snowboard judge for, both Superpipe and the newly added Slopestyle events. Interviews are available upon request.
Copper Mountain prides itself on cutting-edge progression technology at every level of skiing and riding – no matter whether you’re headed to the next Winter Olympics or just strapping into sliding gear for the first time; Copper Mountain makes it all possible.
Sherpa: Copper's New On-Mountain Audio Intelligence App
Sherpa gives you hands-free, real-time insider intelligence, across the entire mountain. Sherpa tells you what you're near, where to go and what to do when you get there. It's locals only, insider information, available for the first time to everyone on the mountain. Sherpa taps into the knowledge of lifelong employees, ski patrol and local experts and makes that wisdom available to anyone with a mobile device. Sherpa will be launching for the 2013-14 Copper Mountain Ski Season. More information
Come One, Come All – Woodward Barn Renovations Now Welcome Wheels and Newbies Alike
This past summer the Woodward at Copper Barn underwent a half-million renovation project which opened the door far beyond snowboards and skis to now include skateboards, BMX and slopestyle mountain bike . All synthetic snow surfaces were replaced with a surface designed for wheels. Families and amateurs alike are invited to experience the renovations expanded offerings for never-ever’s with additions including a new beginner foam pit with a 2-foot and 4-foot jumps, a pump track designed for the development of park skills, and new programming to bridge the gap and see results on snow. More information
Save the Date – Woodward at Copper Barn Grand Opening
Woodward at Copper, November 30th
Woodward’s Exclusive Ski and Snowboard Indoor Training Technology
Woodward’s exclusive new Parkboards™ and Parkskis™ were specifically designed by Woodward for use on the new Skatelite surface, installed at the Woodward at Copper Barn earlier this summer. Parkboards™ and Parkskis™ have been put to the test at the most recent Woodward facility in Tahoe, CA; with glowing review the technology has been spread to Woodward at Copper. Both snowboards and skis are equipped with wheels that grip the surface, making the overall experience feel more like riding hard-packed terrain park snow. Interviews with Parkboards™ and Parkskis™ designers are available upon request.
Capture, Learn and Create with Woodward at Copper’s Digital Media Lab
You finally land that new trick but it wasn’t captured on camera; did it actually happen? The Woodward at Copper Digital Media Lab, located in Center Village in Burning Stones Plaza, captures moments on the hill without the headache. Capture everything on the mountain by renting a GoPro for the day or have someone capture it for you with the Woodward Video Production Private Session. New this season, Digital Media Lab Clinics, available for ages 10 and up, teach you everything you need to know to put together your own video in a two-hour session taught by a Woodward Content Specialist.
Woodward at Copper Backstory
When Woodward at Copper opened its doors in 2009, it transformed the action sports industry by blowing through the glass ceiling of winter sport progression. Basing its philosophy off of Camp Woodward in Woodward, Penn., which opened in 1970, Copper Mountain was the first indoor/outdoor mountain home for this revolutionary product. Still one of few training facilities of its kind today, Woodward at Copper raises the bar, yet again, leading into the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia with improvements that will not only transform winter sports training, but will cater to summer and never-ever action sports enthusiasts, as well.
Woodward at Copper Freestyle Lessons
The newly offered Youth Freestyle Lesson bridges the gap between indoor practice and on-snow domination for kids ages 6 – 9 years old. This full-day lesson starts in the Woodward at Copper Barn, then heads to the snow for practice and finishes at The Woodward at Copper Barn facility where new skills are polished. More information
Woodward at Copper Parent and Tot Classes
Starting November 2013, Woodward is now offering daily Parents and Tots Classes. For children ages 1-4, this short 45-minute session covers tumbling, trampolines and foam pits. Parents participate in the class with their child. More information
Copper Ski and Ride School Breaks the Regular Lesson Mold
If you haven’t taken a ski or snowboard lesson in quite some time or ever, now is the time to bring your skills to the next level with minimal time and effort. The Copper Quickie lesson is a 45 minute refresher lesson for those who are dusting off their skis or snowboard and need to get their snow-legs back in action. More information
Copper Mountain is constantly evolving thanks to input from our guests, which has translated to healthy dining options, small locally owned shops, restaurants and life-enhancing activities and events. But, Copper Mountain also is dedicated to giving back to the environment and supporting the mountain lifestyle. Over the past year, Copper Mountain has recycled over 151 tons of waste and composted over 14 tons of “garbage,” keeping 165 tons of waste out of local landfills. More information
The Quest to be 100% Bottle Free
Copper Mountain installed highly efficient bottle re-filling stations around the resort in its quest to be 100 percent plastic bottle free. Join us in our pledge to significantly reduce the amount of plastic purchased and discarded by using refillable water bottles. Each time a bottle is refilled, guests are helping to reduce the amount of plastic being thrown away, or even the resources needed to recycle it.
Copper Mountain Employee’s Support Green Initiatives in the Community
The Copper Environmental Foundation (CEF) was started in November 2007 by Copper employees, with a long-term goal to support environmental initiatives in Summit County and the surrounding area. CEF is fully funded by Copper Mountain employees who donate money from every paycheck to support green initiatives throughout Summit County. Over the past year, the Environmental Foundation supported organizations including Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Summit County Pre-School, Summit School District, Keystone Science School, Girl Scouts and High Country Conservation Center.
Solitude’s Solar Heating Lessens Dependency on Natural Gas
Earlier this summer, Copper Mountain’s Solitude Café, located at the top of the American Eagle chairlift, added a new solar thermal heating system. The system is used to pre-heat the domestic hot water used by the restaurant for cleaning, washing hands and dishes. Three, 4 feet by 10 feet, flat panel solar collectors were installed to pre-heat the incoming cold water from 40°F (4°C) to temperatures as high as 140°F (60°C) before it is directed into traditional water heaters. The system has allowed Solitude to turn off water heaters in the summer that are annually used to heat the water. The solar system is expected to generate heat for approximately 90% of the Solitude’s summer hot water needs and around 40% of the winter hot water needs. The system is connected to an advanced energy meter that will accurately measure the amount of energy produced in KWH’s.
The installation of this new solar thermal heating system will reduce the dependence of natural gas used and will reduce the wear, and tear on the existing water heaters, as they are now heating water that is pre-heated rather than 40°F (4°C).
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