Olympic Dreams

Copper winch cat operator, Paul Hoagland, builds world class race courses

By Lu Snyder

One needn’t go far in Summit County to bump into an Olympic hopeful, contender or champion. They come here to train. They come here to live. Paul Hoagland came to Summit County with an Olympic dream—but his was a little different than the others.

“I’ve always liked winter sports, especially skiing,” he says. “I was never competitive, though. It was always just for fun.”

Woodward Barn Intro Session

by Samantha White

An Intro Session is a 2-hour guided tour of The Barn at Copper with a Woodward Coach assisting you along the way. This session is offered to anyone interested anywhere from ages 7 and up (children that are 5 and 6 must be accompanied by a parent). Throughout the duration of the session, visitors can gain better insight on how to properly use The Barn’s features safely and maximize their potential for air awareness and progression.

The Walker Family

by Sally Francklyn

Meet the Walker family. Jennifer Walker works in the ski and ride school. Their son Colby is a ski patroller, and their other son, Wicks (shortened from Alex, when Colby was young and he couldn’t pronounce those two syllables) works in the trail crew. Since Copper Mountain opened in 1972, and Jennifer joined the ski instructing team in 1977, she’s almost been there as long as the resort’s been turning its’ wheels.

Celebrate the opening of Copper Mountain at Welcome Home Weekend

Media Contact:

Taylor Prather


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  • The first 50 skiers and snowboarders in line on Friday will receive a free YETI Rambler
  • The first 50 skiers and snowboarders in line on Saturday will receive a free Copper tote
  • Live music, giveaways and contests take place throughout the weekend