Snow guns at Copper Mountain are up and running, getting ready for the Nov. 5 opening. The guns will be blowing snow as long as night temperatures are cold enough. It will be a wild opening weekend at Copper, with Lift Off presented by Sprint. It's the sixth year Copper has held a big opening weekend party, full of the latest ski and snowboard films, demos, live music, and giveaways.
Copper wants you to play on the mountain, but also to spend the night. The Summit County resort is offering Powder to the Pillow. Pre-purchase three to six nights of lodging and then reserve your rooms, one or two at a time, anytime throughout the season. It's the perfect thing to have on hold if you just can't bear to make the drive down I-70 to get home after a hard day of skiing or riding, or a wild afternoon of après skiing. Some restrictions apply.
Woodward at Copper is offering a punch pass to Copper Mountain season passholders. You can get a two-for-one Drop-In Session 10-Punch Pass, for $220. That means 20 drop-in sessions for the price of 10. Copper season passholders also get 50 percent off One Hit Wonder Sessions, and 25 percent off Drop-In Sessions, Airbag Sessions, Winter Camp Days, and Skate/BMX Sessions.
Woodward director Ben Brown touts the camp as a safe environment to learn how to go off a jump, to land properly, or how to fall properly. "Avoid the ‘Huck and Hope.' We give better education, regardless of ability. Whether it's professional skier T.J. Schiller working on a Double Cork 12, or a mom going off a jump for the first time, we can help with your unique progression."
Woodward offers two new stayover camps that include lodging and training, Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-30. It is for intermediate level skiers or riders, ages 10-18, and includes three meals a day. The cost is $1,249.