The Best of Copper Mountain Since 1972
With Copper's 40th Anniversary Weekend this weekend December 7th-9th, take a look back at what has made Copper what it is today.
Posted by Guest Blogger
on December 5, 2012
With Copper Mountain’s 40th Anniversary Weekend on Dec. 7-9 featuring $40 lift tickets, 72 cent beers at Endo’s from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, a free concert and a 70’s costume contest vastly approaching, the Copper locals and the rest of the Colorado ski community is getting ready for one of the sickest parties of the year.
But before you start partying at Copper this weekend, it’s important to look back into the best moments in the resort’s history before history is made this weekend. On a holiday like this weekend, the past could make for great party-talk as you’re celebrating with your fellow Copper friends.
It all started back in the winter of 1972 when Copper Mountain opened for skiing with five lifts and 20 trails. The opening of the mountain resulted in record skier days of over 120,000.
In 1983-84, Copper had a huge year of snow accumulating 432 inches for the whole season and an impressive 151 inches in the month of December alone.
In the winter of 1987, Copper opened the mountain to snowboarding, which was then a brand new, up-and-coming sport. Knowing that the future was very bright for snowboarding, Copper hosted the first annual Copper Mountain Snowboard Series, which currently stands as the nation’s longest running amateur snowboarding series. It is no longer held at Copper in 2012, though.
Looking now in 2012 at the world-class halfpipe at the base of Copper, it’s cool to see just how far half pipe skiing has come at Copper since the creation of the very first halfpipe at Copper that was built in Union Bowl in the spring of 1988.
In 1995, Copper opened 250 acres of expert high alpine terrain, which then sparked a huge interest in expansion of lifts and the entire resort as Copper entered the new millennium. In 1998, Copper opened the Super Bee lift, Colorado’s first six-passenger high speed lift. Copper also made significant snowmaking improvements as well as opened the Excelerator lift, Copper Station and the Copper Springs Lodge.
In 1999, ground was officially broken on the new Village at Copper, marking a groundbreaking beginning of a new $500 million renaissance at Copper Mountain. The construction lasted three years into the winter of 2002 when the opening of Passage Point marked the end of the development.
In 2004, The Cirque opened offering Copper it’s first quarter-share platinum rated property.
In 2009, the resort opened Woodward at Copper, a ski and snowboard training facility dedicated to park and pipe progression, which has now gone on to become a world-class training facility.
In the winter of 2011, Copper Mountain partnered up with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) creating the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, an exclusive on-snow alpine ski racing venue. It is the only facility of its kind worldwide that is available in the early months of the ski season.
In the summer of 2012, the Alpine Rush Zip Line was installed allowing for Copper guests to soar at speeds of 30 mph 30 feet above the West Lake year round.
And now later this season on January 7-12 in 2013, The U.S. Sprint Grand Prix has been elevated to World Cup status bringing international recognition in a ski and snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle competition to Copper Mountain Resort.
So while you’re enjoying the discounted ski lift price and sipping on the cheapest beer you’ll find in Summit County this weekend, remember that Copper Mountain has a rich history of development that is all starting to unravel before us today.