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copper mountain first week of april 2005

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thinking of going to copper for the first week in April 2005 as my daughter may or may not qualify to usasa nationals and that is where they are. My thought is that even if she doesn't qualify she would certainly enjoy being there for that week. However, I don't want to spend the money to go for the week if she doesn't qualify and the snow is not decent. What are the odds that there will be decent snow at that time of year?
Thanks a bunch!
post #2 of 18
If she qualifies --- you go. The snow will probably be less than great but it's huge deal to a kid. J4's are the third week in March at Steamboat and if my daughter qualifies we'll be there regardless of weather (or school). Last year we went to Nastar Nationals with her and skiied in 75 degree sunshine!!! It was still one of our best trips!!! Go for it!
post #3 of 18
I don't think you guys realize how nice it is to hear about parents supporting their kids skiing habits (including for sport). Its refreshing to see.

But I would have to say that the trip is probably worthwhile even if your daughter doesn't qualify, chances are she'll know someone that did and the support would be huge, furthermore, it would give her an oportunity to watch/analize those who did qualify, and it would give her a chance to just ski and have some fun at a major area.
post #4 of 18
25-40%
post #5 of 18
I'm sorry but I have to strongly disagree.

Where does anyone think all the snow is going to go? There will be plenty of snow. Keep in mind Copper has a relatively high base area....approximately 1k feet higher than Vail.

If it's warm the lower part of the mountain may soften up late (after 2:00 p.m.) in the day, however, the top half won't endure much in the way of freeze thaw cycles. The last two years have seen big snowfalls in the spring.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
So... the snow will be good enough to make it worth using frequent flier miles, paying for hotel and all other expenses to ski in April in Colorado when you live on the east coast when she doesn't qualify?
If she qualifies it's obviously worth it.
Thanks for all the input!!!!!!!!!!
post #7 of 18
I'm with Rusty Guy. I've been to Copper almost every Spring for the past several years and always found nice conditions. Even this past season with the low snow totals we spent a couple days there in splendid sunshine and had a great time with much of the mountain still open.
post #8 of 18

April Snow at Copper

Two winters ago we had a phenominal ski season with plenty of snow and more on the way through June. Last year, poor season with little snow coming. This is what you chance. I work at Copper. If it's bad you can go to A-basin. Typically they stay open to mid June or July 4 with a good snow season. You'll take a chance, but there is still skiing available. Make sure you get cancellation insurance. That can save you some big bucks if you cancel. Good luck. THINK SNOW ! ! !
post #9 of 18
The skiing is usually great at Copper and other nearby resorts in early April. The spring break crowds are gone, prices are lower, and there is still plenty of snow. As Rusty pointed out, Copper's base is high at around 9000 feet. Other excellent places for spring skiing close to Copper are Loveland and A Basin. Loveland, with a base elevation of 10,600 feet, closes in early May, usually with more snow than the big destination areas had in mid March.

Jim
post #10 of 18
Plus, many Epic people, including The Great Bob Barnes, work at Copper or live in Summit County. These are some of the finest people I've met in my life, so coming out here just to "meet the gang" would be well worth the trip.
Good luck to your daughter! You must be very proud!
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all for the input. It sounds like it should still be a good ski trip if we were to just go and watch and ski.
Lisa, I am proud of my daughter! She's doing really well in life. She'll never be the president but she's found a course in life that suits her and works at it AND she is a kind person. THis is why we would consider taking her even if she doesn't qualify.
WHat more could a parent ask for?
It sounds like this will be a go and maybe we'll catch up with some epic people!

Thanks again to all!!!!!!!
post #12 of 18
It perhaps ill behoves someone who is not a US citizen to comment on who may or may not be President, but how you describe your daughter does not seem a bad starting position to me. From the outside looking in some of your recent officeholders may not have looked Presidential material in their youth .
post #13 of 18
We're not talking politics, we're talking skiing. I think you forgot to look at the whole thread. As for presidents, Blow jobs never got anyone killed, but our current administration as a whole, sucks.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by phatpow1
We're not talking politics, we're talking skiing. I think you forgot to look at the whole thread. As for presidents, Blow jobs never got anyone killed, but our current administration as a whole, sucks.
Good God that was funny!!!! Great meeting you today, BTW. Phatpow joins the list as another awesome Copper person!
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by milkeway4
So... the snow will be good enough to make it worth using frequent flier miles, paying for hotel and all other expenses to ski in April in Colorado when you live on the east coast when she doesn't qualify?
If she qualifies it's obviously worth it.
Thanks for all the input!!!!!!!!!!
Mike...there are LOADS of ways to save money on a trip. I can send you some sites for lodging info. Also, if you're going to mainly stay in Copper, you really don't need a car. Buses will take you most places. I have skied through Easter most years and if "lil miss" is good enough to qualify you don't have to be at the base anyway, which is the only place that gets slushy then. Good luck to you and let me know if you need some info.

Lisa
post #16 of 18
Rdy2ski, from one Lisa to another, welcome to Epicski! If you're ever in Frisco, stop by and say "Hi!" 720 Granite Street in the Boardwalk building!
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Rdy2ski, from one Lisa to another, welcome to Epicski! If you're ever in Frisco, stop by and say "Hi!" 720 Granite Street in the Boardwalk building!
Thanks!!! I'm always in Frisco! (I almost always stay there when I'm overnighting) I'll stop by definitely.
post #18 of 18

Decent bet

First week in April can be some of the best skiing at Copper. Over the past 5 years there's been two fantastic Aprils (2001, 2003), two pretty good ones (2000, 2002), and 1 that was ..um.. marginal (2004). Regardless, I think 100% of the terrain has been open the first week of April each year. So overall, you're likely to have good conditions. I've had some wonderful powder days though.. bright blue skies, skiing in a light jacket, and busting through 18" of fresh snow.

Also, when you consider the altitude and exposure, Copper has the best conditions in April compared to Breck, Keystone, and Vail. I'm actually amazed Breck stayed open as long as it did last year. A Basin still trumps it though.

Last year Copper expanded their "Sunsation" event to all three weekends in April. They brought in live bands for Saturday and Sunday - free. Not sure if they'll do the same this year, but it's a good event.

(720 Granite St? Drive by there every day..)
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