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Copper Dec 26th (Tomorrow) - Typical Crowds?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thinking of trying to convince the family to ski Copper tomorrow. Would be their first time, so would mostly just tour with them for 3-4 hours to get bearings and some stoke for later days in the season. Don't want to mess with it if day after Christmas is a silly mob, but as long as afternoon lift lines are reasonable it might be worth it to combine with some other plans. Thanks for any info.
post #2 of 22

I'll be there tomorrow and am prepared for a complete mob scene.  Was at Jane on the 23rd and, although it wasn't President's Weekend crazy, it was shockingly busy for a Monday.  

post #3 of 22

The 26th should be more crowded than the 25th, but less crowded than the 27th through 30th...

post #4 of 22

Hope you made it up.   Looks like nobody is there in spite of the amazing snow.   Traffic doesn't look bad either, hmmm...  I made a note on my calendar for 12/26 next year, but it's a Friday rather than a Thursday so it might be worse. 

 

http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/the_mountain/mountain_webcams/CenterVillage/index.html

 

post #5 of 22

Here's a little Copper stoke for ya (from yesterday, and you're right, it was empty)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Crap. My instincts seem to have been good that the Front Range crowd wasn't going to chase a dry 26th. Too tired to rally enough voting power to make it happen wink.gif.
post #7 of 22
Awesome pics segbrown! Copper is looking good. What camera/lens did you take those pics with?
post #8 of 22
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Awesome pics segbrown! Copper is looking good. What camera/lens did you take those pics with?

 

That would be the iPhone 5. I had a bit of a problem centering the moving subjects, lol. Plus, most of the photos were all terribly crooked; straightening them pushed the skiers even farther to the left. Oh well. I'm not much of a photographer, obviously, but it was so unbelievably gorgeous out that I had to at least try. 

post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Copper crowds look relatively light again today (27th) by the webcams. Monday it is...although prolly Jane.

To hijack my own thread, what are the best base logistics with kids @ Copper, two of whom aren't going to do well with too much walking distance? Don't want to pay for parking, but don't mind it as part of getting family oriented.
post #10 of 22

http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/the_mountain/transportation

 

 

I basically only park at our condo, so I am not up on the parking situation. I know there is a drop-off over at Union Creek/West Village, the location of the kids' ski school and the easier lifts. There is a pay lot there, too, but I have no idea how much or how early it fills. 

 

The shuttle service is what most people use .. you park out east off of 91, and buses take you where you need to go. I don't there is necessarily much walking at all. Some of the pay lots are farther from the shuttle stops, but you do save some time and there is less schlepping gear on and off the bus.

post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks - I'll see what the inner pay lots look like. They can all handle a minimum of blue diamond trails, so I'm not worried about what lift, I just don't want it to feel like a PITA since Jane is sooooooooo easy and I am hoping to expand the horizons this season smile.gif.
post #12 of 22
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Thanks - I'll see what the inner pay lots look like. They can all handle a minimum of blue diamond trails, so I'm not worried about what lift, I just don't want it to feel like a PITA since Jane is sooooooooo easy and I am hoping to expand the horizons this season smile.gif.

 

The shuttle busses are not too bad, but the Chapel lot is pretty easy and will save you a little time for $10 or $15.   Get an early start!  I was watching traffic this morning and it was backing up pretty bad.  Tomorrow is going to be nuts.  Super Bee is great even with a bit of a line since you get so much vertical.  If you are all fine with black runs, the Resolution, Alpine and Sierra lifts should have short lines, if any.  

post #13 of 22
Chapel is just as much of a hike as to get to the free bus. I park at Chapel only because I've got a parking pass.

Reso broke down yesterday and was closed late afternoon. Lots of people at Copper. Traffic is lighter today.
post #14 of 22
^^^ yep, it's a bit of a hike from the Chapel lot, but on the handful of really busy days the busses can be really packed and if you have to wait for a second bus it can take a while.

 

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 I am hoping to expand the horizons this season smile.gif.
 

Here are a few tips guessing at what you might want to ski.  Hopefully you are getting email notifications, otherwise for next time:

 

The lift lines don't look too bad yet, so start out on the west side of the mountain.  Head over to Timberline for some really nice blues.   Little Burn under the lift is one if the best easy/learning bump runs anywhere.   Once you get bored there, head to the Rendezvous lift for some fun, easy above treeline skiing.  If the black runs under Sierra lift next door are to your liking do some laps there.   Gold Digger is an easier black around back from the Sierra lift that is really fun for kids.  

 

Once done on the mostly easier west side of the mountain to the Super Bee to try out the other side.  I think they are doing the lunch specials at the lodge at the base of the Super Bee again, and in any case that's the least crowded lunch spot.  The Super Bee has really nice long steep cruisers.  Andy's Encore to Rossi's run is the US Ski Team's downhill course (you'll see the poles for the netting).  Andy's all the way down and Oh No are also fun.    Resolution and Alpine lift have LONG bump runs and no lift lines.   They groomed Formidable down to the Alpine lift this morning for a nice steep cruiser.  

 

The Excelerator is a short HS lift with some great runs.  Hallelujah is a nice relatively easy open bowl, and Mine Dump is a great bump run.    Ptarmigan between those two is groomed blue so it's easy to meet up if everyone doesn't want to lap black runs.

 

If you are up for it, head up the Storm King T-bar.  You can always just ski down next to the lift if Spaulding Bowl looks too difficult for the kids, but it's worth a trip up there for the view and to see the bowl.   The further you go skiers right in Spaulding Bowl, the easier the skiing.     Have Fun!

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by tball View Post
 

 

Here are a few tips guessing at what you might want to ski.  Hopefully you are getting email notifications, otherwise for next time:

 

The lift lines don't look too bad yet, so start out on the west side of the mountain.  Head over to Timberline for some really nice blues.   Little Burn under the lift is one if the best easy/learning bump runs anywhere.   Once you get bored there, head to the Rendezvous lift for some fun, easy above treeline skiing.  If the black runs under Sierra lift next door are to your liking do some laps there.   Gold Digger is an easier black around back from the Sierra lift that is really fun for kids.  

 

Once done on the mostly easier west side of the mountain to the Super Bee to try out the other side.  I think they are doing the lunch specials at the lodge at the base of the Super Bee again, and in any case that's the least crowded lunch spot.  The Super Bee has really nice long steep cruisers.  Andy's Encore to Rossi's run is the US Ski Team's downhill course (you'll see the poles for the netting).  Andy's all the way down and Oh No are also fun.    Resolution and Alpine lift have LONG bump runs and no lift lines.   They groomed Formidable down to the Alpine lift this morning for a nice steep cruiser.  

 

The Excelerator is a short HS lift with some great runs.  Hallelujah is a nice relatively easy open bowl, and Mine Dump is a great bump run.    Ptarmigan between those two is groomed blue so it's easy to meet up if everyone doesn't want to lap black runs.

 

If you are up for it, head up the Storm King T-bar.  You can always just ski down next to the lift if Spaulding Bowl looks too difficult for the kids, but it's worth a trip up there for the view and to see the bowl.   The further you go skiers right in Spaulding Bowl, the easier the skiing.     Have Fun!

 

I don't know if they have  groomed  Hallelujah this week, but it wasn't easy skiing on Christmas Eve. It had developed those unfun sharp moguls. Stick to the right side, if you can. Usually the left ropeline is pretty good, but where the rope funnels, it was really icky. 

 

Super Bee is definitely the side to ski during crowded times, although the webcams are showing only small lines down at Eagle. Have fun! I'll be up tomorrow.

post #16 of 22
Union Peak was sweet this morning.

Mike
post #17 of 22
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Union Peak was sweet this morning.

Mike

Did you hike from S or take the new poma?

post #18 of 22
S to the Poma. This pm the Poma was closed (we arrived at 3:15) and we considered hiking, but decided two laps would be better. Union peak was very nice in the am.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

S to the Poma. This pm the Poma was closed (we arrived at 3:15) and we considered hiking, but decided two laps would be better. Union peak was very nice in the am.

We skied it twice yesterday afternoon, and yes, it was lovely. Soft and chalky.

 

A warning to others, the entrance is very rocky, you really have to pick your way down (stepping, not sliding), so if that bothers you, there's the caveat. 

post #20 of 22
You can also ski the ridge although there are a couple of rocks to avoid. And a crux move to get off the ridge...

Mike
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

You can also ski the ridge although there are a couple of rocks to avoid. And a crux move to get off the ridge...

Mike

 

Yes, I did this the second time ... thanks for adding, I got lazy about typing.  If you go all the way to Buzzard's Alley on the top of the ridge, you almost can avoid rocks completely. 

post #22 of 22
Today was sweet. 5 laps in Spaulding. The first was Calendar Chute to Spaulding Glade. The glade was nothing to write home about, but the bowl was good enough for a second lap. Whereupon, patrol had just moved the rope to open Pattol Chute. We had 6th and 7th tracks. At lunch, I checked the website and saw that So Fine was scheduled to open, so back we went and got 3rd and 4th tracks. On the second lap, I went to my stash that is steeper and deeper in the chute. The only tracks were the cuts put in by Patrol. We went for a 3rd lap but patrol closed it right as we got there.

A good day.

Mike
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