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Colorado: Copper Mountain starts snowmaking

Ski team speed center to open late October; passholders have a chance to win a preview session with the team

Picabo Street helps open the U.S. Ski Team speed training center at Copper Mountain in Nov. 2011. Photo by Bob Berwyn.

Opening day of the 2011-2012 season. Photo by Bob Berwyn.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — With a seasonable October chill in the air, Copper Mountain has fired up its snowguns, aiming to open the U.S. Ski Team speed training center by sometime in late October is favorable snowmaking weather persists.

The ski area is scheduled to open for the public on Nov. 2, but a few lucky passholders can win a preview session with the U.S. Ski team by entering on Facebook for VIP access that includes lift access for two, a venue tour from a U.S. Ski Team athlete followed by open skiing and riding and lunch with the Team.

In a press release, Copper said 87 snow guns will be dedicated to covering the speed training venue of the Super Bee lift, prepping a full-length alpine racing venue that will help top-level World Cup racers get ready for early season tests at Beaver Creek and Aspen.

Entries to the Speed Center VIP Preview Contest will be accepted until Oct. 28. The official event day will be announced on the U.S. Ski Team and Copper Mountain Facebook fan pages. You must have a Copper Mountain Season Pass, Copper Four Pack, Rocky Mountain Super Pass, or Super Pass Plus to enter. Continue reading

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