03 Nov, 2007
So this year my season pass is good at Copper, Winter Park and Steamboat. So today I drove down to Copper with my friend Pete to get our season passes scanned for the first day and enjoy some awesome Copper riding.
Last year I rode Copper opening weekend so I knew what to expect…two chairlifts, a couple runs and long lines. We got to Copper pretty early so were able to make laps without having to deal with long lines or too many people on the mountain yet. The bottom chair lift, American Eagle had lines on both sides but you could only ride down to one side…so throughout the day one side had super long lift lines and the other was moving quickly since you had to skate over to get to it.
There were two chairlifts running, American Eagle and Excelerator. Since the ski racers took over one run on Excelerator there was only one run there and then one run on American Eagle.
It was another bluebird sunny day in Colorado. I had the chance to test out my new goggles, the Electric EG5’s and so far I’m happy with them (Review to come soon). Conditions were hard packed. The upper chair was an assortment of ice and small powder spots, the lower chair was all hard packed and definitely got bumpier as the day went on.
Unfortunately the lower chair was a battle ground of beginners, ski patrollers and racers. Luckily I knew where the patrollers were to slow down but they definitely were yelling at anyone going fast down the mountain. The park looked pretty good, always fun to ride up the chair and watch fellow riders and skiers killing it. Here’s some pictures I took of the park set-up.
Took off early afternoon to head back to Steamboat. Tomorrow is Loveland and chair #2 opens so looking forward to another day on snow, but with less lift lines.