By Sally Francklyn
My family has a ski cabin in Leadville, so I grew up skiing at Ski Cooper (and my dads backpack when he did hut trips). When I “graduated” from Ski Cooper at age eight, we began skiing at Copper Mountain. (This was before Super Bee and all the other lift “upgrades-” I remember when it used to be called B1 and B2.) I joined Junior Ski Patrol at Copper when I was 15 years old. Patrolling for ten seasons made me realize that hard work and commitment were necessary for success. I made some really close friends, and helped with some pretty traumatic events.
by Tracy Greenhalgh
I remember the first time I set eyes on newly opened Copper Mountain in the 70’s. We had just moved to Colorado and I was 12 years old, the first year my dad showed me how to buckle into stiff ski boots and dig into tight bindings with that satisfying c-l-i-c-k. I had a Copper Mountain lapel pin stuck into my snowball hat (no helmet then) and I still remember my giddy feeling as I stared up that beautiful mountain, loading onto the chairlift as the crisp, intoxicating scent of pine floated on the frigid air that stole my breath.
By Lisa Pogue
Where to pair Colorado brews with mountain-inspired food at Copper:
by Tracy Greenhalgh
Happy (and Safe) Holidays
While sleigh bells jingle on Pandora and that mug of hot cocoa is steaming on your desk, you’re dreaming of all that fluffy white powder you’re going to dive into over the holidays. You’re plotting first tracks in Upper Enchanted Forest and to pack in as many turns as your burning quads can stand. At the end of the day you want to be plopped down all noodle-legged, pink-cheeked, and windblown to bask in the fire’s glow with your brew in hand, right?
by Samantha White
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.”