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Tips for skiing Copper?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'll be there next week. Skiied it once BC (Before Children, many years ago). Prefer steeps, no bumps. Short hikes ok, but I'll be alone.

Also, best eating at the mt?

Thanks!
post #2 of 12
PM SSH or LisaMarie...they know Copper pretty well
post #3 of 12
drb,
When at Copper try the free snow cat ride on Tucker Mt.You need to be on the backside early or you might have to wait. If you like steep the Alpine chair (old & a tad slow)but expect some bumps. Resolution chair also has some nice runs & little lift lines.
As for best eatting, lunch on the cheap (pasta) at Copper Station in the East Village 2nd floor is always a good deal. The bar area on the main level has been know to draw an upbeat group in the afternoon hrs. when theres live music.
post #4 of 12
drb,

From the top of Sierra lift it is a short hike to the top of Union Bowl-generally not bumpy but if we haven't had snow for awhile it can bump up a little.

You might pm bong or mike_m, if they are free next week they might be able to make a run or two with you or provide a little more insight on current conditions. I'm off to "God's Waiting Room", Florida, for business and pleasure next week.
post #5 of 12
If it says "Sawtooth" taint nothin' but moguls (except for the part you can see at the top)...it got me the first time.

Also, as far as steeps, I think the Alpine lift has some good stuff, I think some of those are groomed blacks sometimes- someone else will know.

Also- defintely ski the Copper Bowl... its good!
post #6 of 12
drb -
Because you mention you prefer steeps with no bumps, here's what I suggest:

Start at East Village where Super Bee lift is. Take a run down Andy's Encore for a warmup and then check out Rosi's Run which is usually a groomed black. Peek at Formidable, which is sometimes a groomed black, and try to explore that side of the mountain as you see fit.
You can break up the super bee laps with some runs off Excelerator or Resolution - the tops of those lifts are near super bee. Sometimes a run off Excelerator is groomed.

To check out the other parts of the mountain, taking the Storm King t-bar will get you there easily. You'll see the t-bar from the top of Super Bee and Excelerator. At the top of the t-bar, to the left is Spaulding bowl where you will eventually end up at the bottom of Resolution lift. Straight ahead / to the right is how you can get to Copper Bowl, served primarily by Mtn Chief lift. The snowcat will be past the bottom of Mtn Chief, and uphill of it... look for the flags/ropes and, obviously, the cats.

It's also worth checking out the other side of Copper Bowl, which is Union Bowl. You can take Mtn Chief to the top, go straight and to the right for runs served by Sierra lift - Endeavor, little trees, etc. Usually the bumps aren't too big.

Even on a weekend this route doesn't have too bad of a lift line wait, except for the t-bar. There's more, obviously, but that's a decent start.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by drb View Post
I'll be there next week. Skiied it once BC (Before Children, many years ago). Prefer steeps, no bumps. Short hikes ok, but I'll be alone.

Also, best eating at the mt?
Thanks!
Back bowls if the snow is soft. They can be nasty if icy.
Cat skiing as previously mentioned.
Don't miss Enchanted Forest especially after powder or on a windy day.
post #8 of 12
Sorry I missed This. Unfortunately, many of us will be at ESA next week. For lunch, check out the 3.99 pasta special at Grand Hall in East Village. It's awesome!
post #9 of 12
Ski these runs in this order and you'll have a nice tour of the mountain and see the best steeps. You can do this all in about 2.5 hours:

1. Start at Super Bee, ski Collage top to bottom
2. Up Super Bee, up Storm King, down Patrol Chute
3. Up Resolution, up Storm King, down Enchanted Forest to Rendezvous Lift
4. Up Rendezvous, traverse to Mtn Chief Lift, go up
5. Hike out to Schaefer's Chute
6. Up Mountain Chief, hike over to Union Peak, at the top of the ropeline, cut back to your left (west) and enter from here. It's the steepest and most unskied part. Bonus points for straightlining it and doing a Dinner Roll off the Onion Roll.
8. Ride up Sierra, finish with a run down orange chute exiting out waterfall.

I deliberately skipped Tucker Mtn because you said short hike. If you don't mind 20-30 minutes, then after #5 take a tour on the snowcat. I'd recommend skiing the east side of West Taco. Difficult to find, your entrance is the top of the ropeline, traverse below the ridge across the rock band. Otherwise, ski Fremont #1 - just hike till you can't hike any more.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by vinn View Post
Ski these runs in this order and you'll have a nice tour of the mountain and see the best steeps. You can do this all in about 2.5 hours:

1. Start at Super Bee, ski Collage top to bottom
2. Up Super Bee, up Storm King, down Patrol Chute
3. Up Resolution, up Storm King, down Enchanted Forest to Rendezvous Lift
4. Up Rendezvous, traverse to Mtn Chief Lift, go up
5. Hike out to Schaefer's Chute
6. Up Mountain Chief, hike over to Union Peak, at the top of the ropeline, cut back to your left (west) and enter from here. It's the steepest and most unskied part. Bonus points for straightlining it and doing a Dinner Roll off the Onion Roll.
8. Ride up Sierra, finish with a run down orange chute exiting out waterfall.

I deliberately skipped Tucker Mtn because you said short hike. If you don't mind 20-30 minutes, then after #5 take a tour on the snowcat. I'd recommend skiing the east side of West Taco. Difficult to find, your entrance is the top of the ropeline, traverse below the ridge across the rock band. Otherwise, ski Fremont #1 - just hike till you can't hike any more.
Find your way to Tucker at least once. West Taco is the one of the best big mountain lines I have had the pleasure of skiing ..there is a big steep rollover where you can stay up on the shoulder and play without dropping into the gully (in the middle where it gets scraped off) and it eventually exits into a big wide powder field where you can get 20 linked turns of untracked if you luck out..steep on top where you cannot see the bottom of the mountain..seek out the place where Vinn describes and don't drop too quickly into the gully (stay on the shoulder-skiers left)..it is awsome..I really miss not having a Copper pass this season..I miss the hell out of Tucker sometimes.
post #11 of 12
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I'll be there next week. Skiied it once BC (Before Children, many years ago). Prefer steeps, no bumps. Short hikes ok, but I'll be alone.

Also, best eating at the mt?

Thanks!
We were there for a week last season. There are free mountain tours in the morning. One is blue and one is black. I went on both of them on consecutive days. I especially enjoyed the black tour. They took me some places I would have hesitated to go otherwise, but I did fine. You are free to leave the tour at anytime if you don't like it, but I found it an easy way to find some good runs quickly.

There are lots of good places to eat at the base of the hill, many of which are quite reasonable. You won't have any trouble finding good food. This is in contrast to the base area at Jackson Hole, where we went later last year. We only found one nice place there that didn't have sky-high prices.

John
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips all. 2 blue-sky days -I did get out to Tucker but missed West Taco, which would have been the best line. Ended up on Fremont 1, great up top, dust on crust in the trees. Loved Schaefer (but it did not love me back), Bradley's Plunge even more, Union Bowl, Endeavor, Little Trees, and Cornice Chute. Ended up by mistake in Union Meadows (sort of a weird alternate universe), and, unhappily for my hypoxic legs, on Far East (where traversing thru the trees to Too Much and then Triple Threat provided no relief). Great fun!
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