by Courtney Wilson
Within the next few years at Copper Mountain, change is coming. Massive capital improvements will transform the resort and revolutionize the way new-Coloradans adventure. From on-mountain dining experiences to Copper employee housing, a special individual will oversee it all.
Graeme Bilenduke is the Director of Development at Copper Mountain Resort, but he didn’t start there. Graeme starting working at Copper in December of 1988. His first position was a Ski Instructor at our Ski & Ride School.
Throughout the 31 years that Graeme has been with Copper, he’s seen massive growth as you can only imagine, but now he’s overseeing the changes that will happen at Copper. From on-mountain and operational facilities to guest facing facilities, he’s managing it all touching nearly every department.
Copper’s new mid-mountain lodge, Graeme reports will be, “transformational from a guest experience perspective and within our ability to grow our evening and wedding business as well as our dining experience on the mountain.” The new lodge is expected to open for the 2021-2022 winter season.
Another “long time coming” project at Copper is the new Creekside Hotel expected to open in 2020. Also with this project, Graeme is working to provide tennis courts, sidewalks and a stream restoration. The new Creekside Hotel is “going to be an amazing small boutique experience.”
The new workforce housing expected in the fall of 2020, is also on Graeme’s list of projects which will be “a for rent product not a for sale product, which will provide a huge competitive advantage for Copper when it comes to our employees.” Also being constructed in the Alpine area is the new A-Lift development, which Graeme is a lead on.
Other changes that Copper can expect to see is the cleanup of Copper’s “beach” at the base of the American Eagle and Flyer Lift. When it comes to all these new exciting projects, Graeme doesn’t have a favorite because, “they’re all GREAT.”
With his children being 26 and 22 years old, he can see the evolution of the upcoming generation and what they’re interested in. Graeme shares that his kids are getting out to adventure and seek amazing experiences whether it’s skiing, snowboarding or even something else every weekend.
With the future in mind, Graeme says, “not only is it appealing to them right now and what they do in their activities, but you know definitely looking down the line as they have kids, start to raise families and start to come to Copper to ski; that these offerings will appeal to them and their generation to come.”
“With all these new changes, we don’t want to lose the soul of what Copper is today. They’re new developments, but we still want to be true to who we are all the way through,” he reminds us.
As you can see, Copper is under transformation and I think we are all excited to see the new capital improvements come to life!
Read about these projects and more here.