Copper Names New Events Manager, New Gravity Games Event Producer

October 22, 2004


Copper Mountain, CO…October 22, 2004… Copper Mountain Resort announced today the promotion of Maja Russer as the resort’s new Events Manager and the hiring of Christine Sperber as the resort’s new Gravity Games Event Producer. Both Russer and Sperber bring extensive event experience to Copper.

Russer, 30, has worked as Copper’s Partnerships and Promotions Manager for the past three years where she was responsible for bringing the resort’s corporate relationships to life through marketing promotions, on-site programming and resort events. As Copper’s new Events Manager, Russer’s focus will be to bring the resort’s events to a new level through targeted winter and summer programming, while creating a vibrant, energetic village and mountain experience for Copper’s guests, residents and neighbors.

"I couldn't be happier to lead the progression of Copper's events into the future,” said Russer. “We have some amazing events on the calendar already and I plan on using that foundation to build an even stronger program here at Copper."

Copper will host the Winter Gravity Games from March 3-6, 2005. The event will feature approximately 175 of the world's best athletes competing in nine medal events, including snowboard halfpipe, boardercross, snowboard slopestyle, skiercross and ski slopestyle. In addition to the world-class competition, the Gravity Games will include music from today's hottest acts, a festival village featuring Gravity Games sponsors and partners and family-oriented interactive areas. Admission will be free of charge.

As Gravity Games Event Producer, Sperber, 35, will be the point-person for all issues related to the Gravity Games and will act as a liaison between the resort and event organizers OLN and Octagon. Sperber has worked in the action sports industry for 14 years and also competed as a world-cup snowboarder in the halfpipe. She returns to work for Copper after three years with Burton Snowboards in regional sales and marketing. Prior to her work with Burton, Sperber managed Copper’s snowboard school for two years in 1998 and 1999. She also worked at High Cascade Snowboard Camp for six years as coach and general manager.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Maja move within Copper to the events manager position,” said Steve Paccagnan, General Manager for Copper. “She brings a great deal of knowledge about the resort, and her dedication and enthusiasm is a perfect fit for the new position. We’re equally as excited to bring Christine back to help us host the Gravity Games, an event we're looking forward to as one of the largest and most exciting events ever to come to Copper.”

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