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Copper Mountain announces New Year’s Eve, 2014 events schedule

Copper Mountain Resort is getting ready to remember 2013 by throwing a party to ring in 2014.

On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the NYE Rail Session hosted by Woodward at Copper will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. under the lights in Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village and include a torchlight parade, kids’ glow-light parade and fire dancers. Fireworks will start over West Lake at 10 p.m.

In addition to its New Year’s Eve Rail Jam, Copper Mountain also announced this week its lineup of 2014 events, providing guests with ample opportunities to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions.

Learn to Ski and Ride Month, Jan 1-31

Copper Mountain offers affordable options for never-evers and beginner skiers and riders to turn any New Year’s resolution into reality this January. All season long, beginners can access and learn for free on the Easy Rider carpet located in Center Village. Once basic skills are learned, a ticket for the Pitchfork chairlift is only $15, allowing beginners to master getting on and off the lift, while perfecting turning and stopping.

Copper Ski and Ride School features Youth Four Packs, a package of four lessons, with flexible dates and the option to use lessons for either Ski and Ride School group lessons or Woodward at Copper freestyle lessons. Woodward at Copper freestyle lessons progress any park skier or rider to gold, spend part of the day in “the Barn” and part of it on snow in Woodward’s award-winning terrain parks.

For an introductory experience for adults ages 16 and older, Copper Ski and Ride School offers adult group lessons for those who have never skied or ridden before.

Safety Fest, Jan. 18-20

January is National Ski Areas Association Safety Awareness Month, and from Jan. 18 to 20 Copper Mountain celebrates with its annual award-winning Safety Fest Celebration.

During Copper’s Safety Fest, Burning Stones Plaza, located in Center Village, turns into “Safety Village” with tents featuring National Ski Patrol signing up guests for mountain sweeps, Summit County Rescue Group offering backcountry awareness and beacon training, Copper Mountain Ski Patrol Avalanche Dogs demonstrating how dogs are trained and much more.

Visit all Safety Village vendors to be entered in a daily raffle. Prizes include helmets, lift tickets, season passes and more. Don’t miss the Flight For Life helicopter landing at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Patrol Headquarters, located at the top of the Excelerator and Super Bee chairlifts.

During the month of January guests are welcome to stop in Copper’s Patrol Huts, located at the top of Excelerator and Timberline chairlifts, to meet patrollers, snuggle with avalanche dogs and enjoy a free mug of hot chocolate.

WinterBike, Jan. 18, 19

Winner of NSAA’s Most Creative Event in 2012, annual WinterBike returns to Copper Mountain on Jan. 18 and 19, as part of the 2014 Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series.

WinterBike vendor village takes over Burning Stones Plaza on Saturday and Sunday with bike demos provided by Borealis, Boo Bikes, Reeb, Wilderness Sports, and Rebel Sports. The little ones kick off the excitement with LittleBike starting at 5 p.m., a short race around Burning Stones Plaza for the kids.

WinterBike racers pedal out of Burning Stones Plaza at 6 p.m. and greeted with fireworks at the finish line in Burning Stones Plaza at 7:30 p.m. For more information about all of Copper’s 2014 events or to register for WinterBike, visit www.coppercolorado.com.


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The Summit Daily Updated Dec 26, 2013 07:39PM Published Dec 27, 2013 10:46AM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.