Copper 11/28/09

28 Nov, 2009

The Copper Superpipe opened today as the first halfpipe in the United States and during a non-Olympic year it might have gone unnoticed but with the Olympics around the corner it was a very busy superpipe training day.

Tom and I headed over to Copper to enjoy an easy day on the slopes and get some turns in before I headed home to Steamboat.  I’m still feeling sick and under the weather so it probably wasn’t the best idea to hit the slopes but I have yet to take it easy.  The best part of the day was the lack of crowds at Copper, it was a lot less busy than I expected it to be.

Waiting to drop in

Even before I got on the chairlift, I ran into Louie Vito in line and we caught up quickly.  He gave me props on the 686 KR3W Insulated Jacket I’ve been rocking.  His training has begun for the Olympics so definitely wish him luck!

The Terrain Park at Copper under American Eagle chairlift.  I’m able to hit the first two boxes now, flat box and flat-down box.  Woohoo!

Tom has no problem hitting anything of course

After a couple warm up runs, I made my way to the superpipe which was packed with riders waiting to drop in, coaches and media watching everyone lap the pipe.  I was a bit overwhelmed because I’m just riding pipe for fun, I’m not going to the Olympics and I’m still trying to air out…so to be around Olympic riders was a lot to handle.  The other part was when I looked to my left, I had Shaun White sitting there.  I was kind of blown away, if I had a private halfpipe would I be riding a public one?

Unknown rider in the pipe

We called it a day around lunchtime since I haven’t been feeling 100%.  I’m now back at home in Steamboat and stoked to be able to rest up for the night.

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  1. November 30, 2009

    That’s pretty spooky seeing Shaun White! The park and pipe look pretty damn good, especially early in the season. Nice photos – I’d like to be in Colorado!

  2. Ali
    November 30, 2009

    Man it must be nice to be able to see so many great snowboarders there. I was in Calgary last week and the half pipe at COP had been open for a few weeks (all man made snow.) I am sure its because of the Olympics that they tried so hard to pen one early.