The Best Photos of 16/17
Winter doesn't have to be over.
Winter doesn't have to be over.
Posted by Steph Sweeney on May 1, 2017
As we transition from winter to summer, it's hard not to look back longing for more turns. Don't worry, you can keep dreaming. Here's our pick of photos from the 16/17 season.
Due to warm temperatures and little snow, we had to delay our Opening Day to November 18.There was no lack of excitement though as skiers and riders lined up at the Eagle for the first chairs of the season. We went big with our celebration with Welcome Home Weekend which consisted of three days of free live music, food, drinks and games in our new Après Alley.
Thanks to the hard work from our snowmakers and on-mountain crews, we were able to open with the best product possible.
Ms. Mother Nature showed up late to the party in a huge way as we moved into December. We received 73 inches of snow throughout the month making it the 7th snowiest December on record. Conditions couldn't have been better. The snow provided the whitest Christmas we could ask for and the perfect way to ring in the new year with our annual holiday fireworks and torchlight parades.
There were many meetings in the white room.
The snow rolled right on through to January with 82 additional inches. That's 155 in TWO MONTHS! We receive just over half of our season average of 302 in that short amount of time. Ski Patrol worked to get everything open by February - we had 100% of the mountain open in no time!
By the end of the month, the skies cleared and revealed a snowy paradise.
We hosted some great events during the season. One we are particularly proud of is the Dawg Nation Hockey Tournament, taking place in February. This pond hockey competition featured dozens of teams battling out for the first-place trophy. All proceeds went directly to Dave Repsher, a Copper Mountain employee and Flight for Life nurse critically injured in a helicopter crash in July 2015. He defied all odds and we are proud to support him.
The sun shined bright throughout the month bringing warm temperatures with great conditions. The local favorite Tucker Mountain opened with powder turns for days.
While the weather didn't provide a whole lot of snow, the mountain held up very well during month of March. One of our favorites - Copper Uncorked - returned with the annual Wine and Wing Challenge. Yum!
Last year, Copper began offering Moonlight Dine & Ski. This special event allows guests to head up to Solitude Station mid-mountain to enjoy a gourmet buffet dinner and a ski back down to Center Village under the stars. As of this season, the dinners now offer free skiing off the Excelerator lift! Moonlight Dine & Ski has been wildly successful and we look forward to the event in 17/18.
Goggle tans and soft turns were in full force in April as conditions remained warm and sunny. April is a busy month for us here at Copper - some of our biggest events happen during this time. From April 1 -12, USASA Nationals returned for its 11th year. This competition brings about 2,000 athletes from around the U.S. to compete for titles in halfpipe, slopestyle, boarder and ski cross and alpine. We pride ourselves on being a training and competition ground for athletes of all ages and ability levels. We are happy to say that Nationals will be held at Copper through at least 2022.
Always a fan-favorite, Sunsation took place on our closing weekend, April 15 - 16. With Red Bull Slopesoakers, the World's Largest Easter Egg Hunt and free live music, there was no shortage of fun.
This year, we were able to offer some incredible musical acts that included Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
Just as fast as it began, the season ended on April 16. It was another successful season with snow, events and of course - great people. Thanks so much for a great season, we could never do it without you!
We open for the summer season on June 9 so we hope to see you here for all of our activities and events!
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Copper is closed for the 2016/17 season. Summer begins June 9th!