by Lisa Blake
.Avid skier, rider and outdoor enthusiast and former tight end for the Chicago Bears, Copper’s new president and GM Dustin Lyman is a diehard Colorado native with a knack for inspired leadership.
“I’m thrilled to join the team and community at Copper Mountain,” says Lyman who took over in November 2019. “It feels like home having grown up in Colorado and always being such a big fan of Copper Mountain.”
Here, the 42-year-old father of four shares a slice of daily life.
Q. How’s the job going so far?
A. It’s been great. I’m lucky to have an incredible team. There’s a very passionate positive group of employees at Copper.
Q. Copper Mountain has a lot of exciting capital improvements underway. What’s your big picture vision for the resort?
A. Copper has long been recognized by true skier enthusiasts for being a great ski and ride mountain. We have excellent high-altitude terrain and long runs. The topography of our mountain makes for a great experience. We recognize that and want to do even more to expand that. With the new Tucker Mountain chair lift, we’re creating access to world-class terrain. I’d like to see more improvements along those lines.
Q. Best part of your day?
A. Après. I like to go to Ten Mile Tavern to get out and see everybody.
Q. What draws you to this industry?
A. I’ve been a lifelong skier and have wanted to be a part of it for as long as I can remember. Got my first opportunity with Vail in 2010 and it was a wonderful experience. I worked in their finance department.
Q. Where can you be found on your days off?
A. In the winter, my family and I are skiing Copper almost every day. In the summer, we enjoy Lake Dillon, getting out on kayaks, boats and stand-up paddleboards. Mostly at the Frisco Marina. They’re always so helpful.
Q. Favorite food and drink at Copper?
A. The flatbread pizza at Ten Mile Tavern and the Joe IPA at Downhill Duke’s.
Q. Go-to ski trail?
A. Gold Digger. It’s a black diamond on the west side with a great pitch and fun trees.
Q. Favorite place to get away from it all?
A. Turquoise Lake by Leadville.
Q. Best ski vacation you've ever had?
A. My wife and I took our honeymoon in Switzerland. We had a fantastic seven days of good snow.