Winter storm warnings from Tuesday through Thursday in Colorado; avalanche danger to peak in the mountains
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Snow piled up in a big way at some Colorado ski areas and more is on the way. National Weather Service forecasters are tracking a moist flow off the Pacific that favors the northwestern mountains. Much of the state’s high country is under a winter storm warning, from Steamboat down through Fairplay.
The warning is in effect from 5 p.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 31) and covers parts of the I-70 corridor. Snow and blowing snow will hinder traffic over the high passes in the region. Snow is expected to continue through Thursday with periods of heavy snow and strong winds.
The snow is a huge relief for ski areas and water managers. Already, some resorts have picked up multiple feet of snow. According to Colorado Ski Country, Silverton Mountain in the San Juans reported 78 inches of snow in the past few days, about double of the 36 inches reported at Wolf Creek.
Ski team speed center to open late October; passholders have a chance to win a preview session with the team
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.
Community support sought to help recovery of injured skier
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — To show support and love for Sally Francklyn, a long-standing member of Copper Mountain’s ski patrol team who was injured in a ski accident two weeks ago, Copper has renamed the ‘Super Hero’ heat at the upcoming CopperMan adventure race April 14, 2012, to the ‘Super Hero Sally’ heat.
Super Woman Sally Supporters will have the option of purchasing a $49 entry for this heat, and 50 percent of proceeds will benefit Sally’s recovery. Super Hero Capes will be sold during the event for $10, with 100 percent of proceeds donated to Sally.
Snowboard halfpipe finals set for Saturday, Dec. 10
SUMMIT COUNTY — Friday’s action at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain included the men and women’s halfpipe skiing finals, with American skiers taking first in both contests. Brita Sigourney beat last year’s winner Roz Groenewoud by more than five points in the women’s event, while Wing Tai Barrymore edged out Torin Yater-Wallace in the men’s event. Summit County local Duncan Adams finished third. Continue reading “Copper Mountain: One more day of U.S. Grand Prix action”→
Top racers help break in new speed center on Copper’s expert terrain off the Super Bee chair
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Ski Team, already a dominant force in World Cup speed events, could get even better in coming seasons, with an opportunity to practice on Copper Mountain’s new full-length speed- training course.
Resort and ski team officials, along with racers, gathered Tuesday at the Summit County ski area to cut the ribbon for the speed center near the base of the Super Bee chair, where team members will practice on outstanding snow conditions through Dec, 10, before the terrain is opened to the public. Continue reading “U.S. Ski Team trains for speed at Copper Mountain”→
New course avoids wetlands, sensitive forest areas
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Disc golf will return to Copper Mountain after a four-year break starting this coming Monday, July 18. The new nine-hole course has been set up in the developed footprint of cleared trails at the resort, above the Copper Creek golf course on Skid Row and Collage trails.
The U.S. Forest Service reviewed plans for the new course during the past year and gave the OK a few months ago, according to Shelly Grail, a winter sports and recreation ranger with the Dillon District. The previous course was located in the same general area, but the new lay-out avoids environmental concerns like erosion, soil compaction and damage to wetlands and forested areas. Continue reading “Summit County: Disc golf returns to Copper Mountain”→