- Copper has doubled its uphill access, adding four routes for the 2021-22 winter season, bringing the resort’s total to eight uphill routes offered.
- The new Mammut Education Center is home to the largest selection of Mammut products in the Rocky Mountain region and will support on-mountain educational opportunities.
- The monthly Mammut Uphill Race Series and weekly meetups encourage participation from novices to experts
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. – Jan. 20, 2022 – In its third season of development, Copper Mountain’s uphill offering continues to grow and expand with the addition of four new routes, programming and a dedicated education center in partnership with Mammut, a Swiss premium outdoor brand specializing in providing high quality products and unique experiences for mountain sport enthusiasts. Guests who are new to uphill travel or are experienced in touring the backcountry will benefit from Copper’s investment in education and accessibility.
"Over the past few seasons, the sport of uphill skiing has grown significantly and Copper has made an effort to embrace and support that growth,” said Dustin Lyman, president and general manager of Copper Mountain. “We have expanded and developed our uphill program by adding new routes, races, access times and other services that are designed to welcome everyone from beginner to expert.”
Copper opened the Mammut Education Center, which is located in Center Village, earlier this season. This retail, event, and community hub allows outdoor gearheads and mountain adventurers to test Mammut's latest products, from outerwear to avalanche safety equipment. In addition to providing performance gear to access the mountains, Mammut will be hosting educational events throughout the season to make the backcountry and mountain more accessible to everyone.
In a continued effort to expand uphill access at Copper Mountain, the resort has doubled the number of uphill access routes on the mountain from four to eight. Copper now offers two before and after hour routes and six daytime routes for guests to climb. Copper’s addition of four new routes this season invites uphillers to access over 11.5 miles of uphill terrain, ascending pitches of varying difficulty and elevation gain. Currently six of the eight routes are open, with other routes opening as conditions allow.
Copper has also begun a new weekly uphill meetup, encouraging members of the uphill community to tackle ascents together and become familiar with different routes on the mountain. These free meetups will meet every Wednesday morning in Eagle’s Landing in Copper’s Center Village at 6:45 a.m. and will begin ascending the mountain by 7 a.m. The Mammut Education Center will be open at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesdays for anyone that needs to pick up an uphill pass before heading up the mountain.
After a successful first year, Copper is bringing back the Mammut Uphill Race Series, inviting touring devotees from beginners to skimo experts to challenge their inner competitor. The race series will include four climbing and descent routes, with each touring a different part of the resort. This year’s race series will take place on Jan. 22, Feb. 12, March 19 and will conclude with the Copper Cup on April 15. Races will begin at 6:30 a.m. and registration can be made the morning of the race or online ahead of the event at CopperColorado.com. Registration is $15 per person per race.
In addition to Copper’s Uphill Race Series and weekly meetups, Copper offers an introduction to uphill touring. Private Uphill Tours are a full day introductory experience, offering a chance for interested individuals to become familiar with the newly popular sport of skinning. Guests who participate in a Private Uphill Tour at Copper will be paired with a certified instructor who will educate them on the basics of using uphill equipment before making their way onto the mountain. Throughout the tour, the instructor will teach participants appropriate technique to ascend the mountain, transition and descend. Private Uphill Tours are available for $299 for one person and $99 for an additional person. Uphill equipment is also available for daily rental and is not limited to uphill tour participants.
Guests are required to have an Uphill Season Pass and Mammut armband to uphill at Copper. Uphill season passes are free for Copper Mountain season pass and Ikon pass holders, or can be purchased for $79 on CopperColorado.com. Anyone looking to uphill at Copper this season must register for a pass and pick up an uphill armband from the Mammut Education Center, prior to ascending the mountain.
Copper’s commitment to expand awareness and accessibility to uphilling goes beyond adding routes, it includes providing educational opportunities for guests to confidently take on new challenges together in a safe mountain environment. Learn more about Copper’s uphill access, Mammut Uphill Race Series, Private Uphill Tours and more at CopperColorado.com.