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Last season, Copper reengineered the resort smartphone app game with the introduction of Sherpa. Providing on-mountain audio intelligence, Sherpa makes the mountain experience better for all. New for the 2014/2015 winter season Copper hands over the controls of Sherpa to everyone, allowing for an open-sourced mountain. Not only will guests be able to create and share their own mountain tips and favorite trails, but Copper will reward the best contributors with swag, tickets, passes and even a prized treasured spot on 2015/2016 winter trail map. Sherpa 2.0 will change how guests interact with the mountain and create a community rewarding those who help to improve the mountain experience. Learn more about Sherpa at CopperColorado.com/Sherpa.
Backstory on Sherpa
Voted the 2013/2014 Best Use of Mobile Technology by the National Ski Areas Association, Sherpa gives guests hands-free, real-time insider intelligence, across the entire mountain. Sherpa tells users what they’re near, where to go and what to do when they 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 in real time.
If there’s any ski resort that’s perfect for first timers, it’s Copper Mountain. Thanks to Mother Nature and the help of Copper’s Ski and Ride School, the terrain and instruction allows for a safe, fun environment for all ages to learn to ski and ride for the first time.
Terrain Based Learning: Not Your Typical Bunny Hill
Copper Mountain flattens the learning curve with terrain based learning programs for all guests new to winter sports. Using entry-level man made features, such as banked turns and a mild mini-pipe , teamed with progressive teaching principles allows never-evers to explore various snow sliding sensations while the mountain and gravity does all the work. While muscle memory is built, terrain based teaching allows new skiers and riders to be more engaged while learning the basics compared to a traditional “bunny hill” setting. Copper’s terrain-based teaching is focused in Green Acres, a small learning area nestled between Center and East Villages, this non-intimidating terrain is complete with a gradual slope and secluded chairlift. Learn more about terrain based learning and Copper’s Ski and Ride School offerings at CopperColorado.com.
Naturally Progressive Skiing and Riding Terrain
In 1969, The US Forest Service claimed “if ever there was a mountain that had terrain created for skiing, it would be Copper Mountain” and this holds true today. Copper offers a ski and ride experience for every age, interest and ability level. As you move west to east, the terrain gradually progresses from easiest to most difficult. The gentle terrain that defines the west side of Copper Mountain provides a natural, progressive learning environment, while the east side of the mountain features long, steep runs. This award-winning trail system is part of the reason Copper is considered one of Summit County’s favorite resorts and an ideal destination for visiting guests. For more information on Copper’s naturally progressive terrain visit CopperColorado.com.
Copper Snowboard Lessons: Kids, as young as 3 year’s old, can shred with Copper Ski and Ride School
Copper Mountain Ski and Ride School is one of the few programs in the U.S. that allows kids as young as 3 years old to enroll in snowboard lessons. The unique programming allows for kids to build snowboard muscle memory earlier and possibly account for less gray hair on their attempted teaching parents’ heads. For more information about lessons offered visit CopperColorado.com.
Ski and Ride School University: No More Excuses for Winter Sport Never-Evers
Inspired by National Learn to Ski and Ride Month, Ski and Ride School U offers newbies a hassle-free and affordable option to catch the winter bug. For only $199 the package includes: three ski or snowboard lessons; lift tickets; equipment rentals; close-in parking; and lunch. Upon graduation and completion of the third lesson, Copper will toss in a free season pass so guests can progress further on the slopes for the remainder of the winter. Quantities are limited. For more information please visit CopperColorado.com. **Ski and Ride University is no longer available for the 2014/15 winter season**
In the spring of 2013, the Woodward Copper Barn underwent a half-million renovation project, which opened the doors far beyond snowboards and skis to now include skateboards, scooters, BMX and slopestyle mountain bike. All synthetic snow surfaces were replaced with Skatelite, a surface designed for wheels. This renovation has continued to push the envelope in progression resulting in a 86% success rate in all Woodward lessons.
Woodward Barn: Teen Hub for Copper Ski and Ride School
New this winter, Woodward Copper continues its dedication to progression of on-snow skills by turning the Woodward Copper Barn into the hub for all teen lessons in the 2014/2015 season. Teens of any skill level, ages 13 – 18, will begin their day at The Woodward Copper Barn. For never-ever skiers and riders, this allows for a safe environment to learn on equipment and experience first sliding sensations on the new Skatelite material. For the more skilled skiers and riders, The Barn will serve a place to learn new terrain park skills before taking them out to snow. For more information about Woodward Copper visit WoodwardCopper.com.
Woodward Copper Freestyle Lessons: For young and young at heart
Youth Freestyle Lessons bridge the gap between indoor foam pits and on-snow domination for kids and adults that are trying to keep up with kids. This full-day lesson splits time between The Woodward Copper Barn, and on snow practice complete with instruction in Woodward’s award-winning terrain parks. For more information on Woodward Copper visit WoodwardCopper.com.
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have come and gone but the Olympic dream is still very much alive at Copper Mountain. Copper continues to raise the bar with world-class training and competition venues such as the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center and a 22-foot Olympic-size Superpipe for athletes of all calibers. Kicking off the competition season, The U.S. Sprint Grand Prix returns in 2014 on Dec. 1 - 6, 2014 featuring ski and snowboard halfpipe events. USSA U-18 Championships also return March 1 – 10, 2015 on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, bringing together the best of the best of young up-and-coming alpine racers. USSA Nationals round out the competition season with over 1,700 ski and snowboard athletes descending onto Copper for halfpipe, slopestyle, banked slalom, skicross and boardercross events.
The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain
Entering its 4th year of world-class training, The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center has prepared the best skiers in the world for world cup and Olympics seasons. The steep, north facing slopes, high base elevation and early season temperatures have proven to be the perfect trifecta for making the Speed Center a world-class ski racing venue.
First Tracks, U.S. Alpine Ski Team Naming at Copper Mountain - Saturday, November 8, 2014
In honor of naming the 2014/2015 U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes, Copper Mountain is putting on a world-class send off for the world cup season. In addition to an announcement ceremony, the day’s events are set to include training viewing on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, free live music and more.
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. The nearly 2-miles-long and 2,300 feet vertical drop course allows racers to reach speeds of up to 75 mph. In only three seasons of operation, the training center has boosted U.S. athletes to 14 World Cup titles, eight World Championship medals and five athletes to Olympic medal stand. Interviews are available with the U.S. Ski Team and coaches upon request.
Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Dec. 1 - 6
Copper Mountain has a long history hosting the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series, one of the longest-standing and celebrated tours in action sports history. This year marks the 19th season of the Grand Prix and its 7th year running at Copper Mountain. The first major halfpipe competition of the North American winter season, the top halfpipe freeskiers and snowboarders come together to battle for the best spot heading into the action packed competition season. Interviews are available with the U.S. Freeskiing, U.S. Snowboarding teams and coaches upon request.
During the 2013/2014 winter season guest experienced chairlifts and surface lifts in The 12’s open an average month earlier due to the completed capital improvements. Phase I of the High Alpine Project, completed last summer, included terrain upgrades in Spaulding Bowl and Sierra area and replacement of the Storm King lift with a new t-bar lift and the installation of Celebrity Ridge, a surface lift at the top of the Sierra chairlift. Copper’s commitment to The 12’s allows for 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 CopperColorado.com/12s.
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