Copper Mountain, CO… December 19, 2006… In November, Santa made a grand entrance by skydiving into Copper’s Burning Stones Plaza to help light the tree and kick off the season’s festivities. The fun continues at Copper throughout December with the High Alpine Holidays and New Year’s Eve celebrations not to be missed including a special En Fuego street party and a disco-themed dinner party in the Copper Conference Center.
High Alpine Holidays – through New Year’s Eve
The High Alpine Holidays celebration at Copper Mountain combines a beautiful mountain setting with entertaining and joyful activities for the whole family. Each day until Christmas Eve, Santa uses the mornings to ski his favorite runs at Copper and takes pictures with guests at the decorated tree in Burning Stones Plaza from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Santa will also be walking throughout Center Village with his reindeer most afternoons until Christmas Eve.
West Lake Frozen Fun – opening Friday, Dec. 22
Guests at Copper have been waiting patiently for the lake to fully freeze so that the ice skating, broomball and curling can begin at Copper. Ice skate rentals are available at Chubs for $8. Ice skating is free to those with their own skates.
En Fuego – Saturday, Dec. 23
Copper’s ongoing fire-themed street party keeps onlookers warm and gets the weekend of fun rolling with bonfires throughout Center Village, Sven the Fire Juggler, Copper Ski & Ride School’s Torchlight Parade, Handsome Little Devils Vaudeville-style comedy act and fireworks over the mountain.
Christmas Eve – Sunday, Dec. 24
Santa visits West Lake with his reindeer from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. to make last minute additions to the wish list and give rides on his sleigh. Burning Stones Plaza is the place to be at 7:15 p.m. to catch the long standing tradition that is the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade at Copper. A huge procession of torch-bearing skiers and riders weave their way down the mountain in celebration of Christmas.
Christmas Day – Monday, Dec. 25
After making his rounds delivering presents, Santa and his reindeer visit West Lake from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on December 25. Children can thank Santa for their favorite gifts and catch a ride on his sleigh.
New Year’s Eve En Fuego Celebration – Sunday, Dec. 31
Copper is on fire during the En Fuego street party and countdown to ‘07. Hip hop pioneer DJ Spinderella of Salt N' Pepa performs a free show in Burning Stones Plaza in addition to festivities in and around the Village at Copper including fire jugglers, bonfires, the Ski & Ride School torchlight parade, a nighttime big air and superpipe show with the Copper Freeride Team and brilliant fireworks displays.
New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dancing – Sunday, Dec. 31
The Bighorn Ballroom in the Copper Conference Center comes alive during a disco-themed dinner and dance party Sunday night. The dinner buffet begins at 7:15 p.m. with a cash bar available until just after the New Year countdown. With live music throughout the night from Carli and the Reactions, the Conference Center is the perfect place to party, dance, view the mountain fireworks and ring in the New Year. The dinner menu includes: cheese and seafood appetizers, salads, chef attended stations with pasta, veal shank osso bucco, stuffed chicken breast with prosciutto, provolone and arugula pesto and a chocolate fountain with delicious dipping selections. Cost is $45.00 per person (ages 12 and older), $32.00 per child (ages 4-11) and free for children 3-and-under. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Copper Conference Services at (866) 236-4683 x45930.
New Year’s Eve Schedule of Events (subject to change):
6:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Outdoor Studio 54 clips on the Big Screen in Burning Stones Plaza
6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Bonfires throughout the Center Village
7:00 p.m. - Copper Ski & Ride School Torchlight Parade on Main Vein Trail
7:15 - 12:15 a.m. - Dinner and Dancing (reservations required) in the Copper Conference Center
7:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Copper Freeride Team Big Air & Pipe Show in the Main Vein Superpipe
8:10 p.m. - West Lake Fireworks Show
8:15 - 10:00 p.m. - DJ Spinderella in Burning Stones Plaza
10:00 p.m. - Fireworks display over the mountain
11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. DJ Spinderella at Incline Bar and Grill
Copper Creek Golf Course is open through September 28th.
Copper opens for the winter season Friday, October 31st.