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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey all, I'm going to visit family in the Denver area in early April and was offered a package deal to either Winter Park or Copper Mountain if I booked on Frontier. I've been to Winter Park so I picked Copper to try something new. I'm just worried about conditions, seeing as it has been a pretty lackluster year for much of the area (all the snow has been out here, in the east!). But looking at the stats, it seems that CO gets a decent amount of snow in late March/early April, and with a pattern change looking more likely (cold shifting back west), maybe the resort can make out well, especially being at a relatively high elevation. But I don't ski out there often, so I really have no way to judge/make a prediction on how the skiing will be out there. Any opinions? Remember, as a southerner I'm easy to please when it comes to skiing conditions
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post #2 of 14
 There is no doubt that Summit County has received less snow than normal.  Copper is skiing well right now.  They received 2 feet of snow this last week.  As long as we get more snow this month, and it doesn't get too warm, skiing should be quite good in early April.  I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Some terrain may close (Resolution Bowl, which suffers because of its exposure), but that's relatively normal for April anyway.

Copper is a great mountain, much better (IMO) than Winter Park.  Give it try; you'll enjoy it!

Mike
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply, hopefully the snow keeps on cranking out there. Messed around with Google Earth and noticed that Copper is on a north facing slope...which means less sun exposure obviously, which makes me feel a bit better also.
post #4 of 14
Skied the last 10 days in a row here, getting better with each snowfall.

Mountain is riding well as a whole now... if your around here a lot though, you still know where the sketchy spots are (ie. rocks in the backbowls).

All the terrain up to mid blacks are 99% rock free.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Good to know, probably will stick to the blues for the most part (one of the reason's we picked Copper, word on the street is that it's a great place for intermediate skiers!).

Looks like Summit county is under a winter weather advisory for 5-10 inches of snow. Copper is kind of on the edge of it so I think 3-6" is reasonable. Not a whole lot but it's better than nothing for sure.
post #6 of 14
 All things being equal (weather), you chose the right mountain.  Anything could happen in the next two weeks, including 50 degree temps in the day or a 4' monster or a storm.  But, you have altitude on your side.  Copper's base elevation is 9600', which is 1000' higher than Keystone, Vail, Winter Park (ok, 600' more than WP), etc.  Copper has some north facing aspects that will hold the snow.
post #7 of 14
I did hit Winter Park up yesterday, it was 60 degrees when I left.  Was a good day, but rocks are already exposed all over the place.
post #8 of 14
And 10-15 inches is forecast for Winter Park through the weekend.  Copper is looking at 6-10.

Mike
post #9 of 14
I think there is still a 2-for-1 ticket deal going on. You need to get 10 gallons of gas or more at Circle K (Shell?) and have them stamp your voucher. We used them when we were there last month. Cheap skiing is good skiing. I think there's a thread going right now on "Ski Deals" in the other sub-forum. Check it out.

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/93232/what-cheap-ski-deal-do-you-know-about
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

And 10-15 inches is forecast for Winter Park through the weekend.  Copper is looking at 6-10.

Mike
Yeah, a nice snow for a good chunk of Colorado is on tap. More east since they benefit from the air being forced up the foothills/front range and squeeze out more snow, but still a good dumping for places like Breck and Copper nonetheless. Even "only" 6" will do wonders after this warm spell.



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Originally Posted by skibumm100 View Post

I think there is still a 2-for-1 ticket deal going on. You need to get 10 gallons of gas or more at Circle K (Shell?) and have them stamp your voucher. We used them when we were there last month. Cheap skiing is good skiing. I think there's a thread going right now on "Ski Deals" in the other sub-forum. Check it out.

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/93232/what-cheap-ski-deal-do-you-know-about
Thanks a ton for that, definitely will put it to good use
post #11 of 14
Closing weekend 2009 @ Copper, does not get much better then this....
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/83575/colorado-april-14-18
 Hope we get a repete!.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Mr. Vertical View Post

Closing weekend 2009 @ Copper, does not get much better then this....
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/83575/colorado-april-14-18
 Hope we get a repete!.
It was lovely, sigh. Those were the days...
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well, I'm flying out tomorrow and it looks like I made a good choice. Copper has maintained and even increased its base over the past few weeks, and with another 2-4" today and maybe the same amount Mon/Tue the skiing should be good Wed/Thu, especially since it shouldn't be too crowded midweek. Thanks again for the advice
post #14 of 14
Will be on the hill with my son on Monday 4-5-10,
Maybe we could do a run or two?
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