by Lu Snyder
No matter how good or disappointing the winter season, no matter how much snow we got, no matter how often I got on the mountain, it’s never enough. I’m never ready for the lifts to stop spinning and to hang up my skis for the summer. I actually get sort of panicky as closing day approaches and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. But on the bright side, as soon as lifts close, the anticipation for the next winter season begins. And next season is going to be even better here at Copper.
Copper Mountain is in the midst of a multi-year mountain upgrade. To date, they’ve replaced three lifts: Kokomo, American Eagle and American Flyer, and added Koko’s Hut, a modern, new, family-friendly lodge at the top of Kokomo lift on the mountain’s west side. Next on the list: a new and improved mid-mountain Solitude Station, and a new freestyle terrain park.
It’s all a part of improving the mountain experience, year-round, at Copper.
“We’ve always strived to provide the best guest experience possible,” says Taylor Prather, Copper’s Public Relations Manager. “We saw opportunities and specific projects to help elevate how guests spend their time here and… show off how amazing Copper really is.”
Copper’s mid-mountain lodge, Solitude Station, is approaching 50 years and has been sorely in need of an update. The new Solitude Station will be built just upslope of the old building. The gondola will unload on the second-floor deck of the 25,000-square-foot, two-story building, creating a seamless transition for guests arriving by foot (without skis or snowboards) and for events, such as weddings. With a full-service casual restaurant, bar and lounge, a private dining area for events, cafeteria and 180-degree views of surrounding peaks, the new Solitude Station allows Copper to take on-mountain dining to new heights.
The Tucker Mountain lift will replace cat-served and hike-to only terrain on the backside of Copper Bowl, providing skiers and riders with easier access to 273 acres of expert terrain on the north-facing slopes of Tucker Mountain. A new ski patrol warming hut and restroom facilities at the base of Copper Bowl will allow Tucker Mountain fanatics to lap the new lift all day if they choose.
Copper is also adding a Woodward Peace Park to its terrain park offerings next season. Inspired by and expanding on the vision of U.S. Olympic snowboard athlete, Danny Davis, and his Peace Park, Copper’s Woodward Peace Park will include more snow-made features than a traditional terrain park, allowing for more flow, transition and room for creativity.
As the winter season closes this year, construction begins for these exciting projects, giving you even more reason to feed your stoke for next season.