Copper Mountain & Keystone Resort open for the season on Friday
Ryan Summerlin October 31, 2013
The American Eagle chairlift at Copper Mountain starts turning for the 2013-2014 season at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, and at 8:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays. Guests can experience top-to-bottom skiing and riding off the Eagle and in the Easy Rider learning area. Woodward at Copper will feature more than 10 terrain park features in Woodward’s Eagle Terrain Park, catering to all ability levels.
Sherpa, Copper’s new on-mountain intelligence app, is expected to be available for use and free download starting opening weekend. Don’t miss hands-free, real-time insider information, available to iPhone users for the first time at Copper; Android downloads will be available by mid-December. For the most up-to-date information on Sherpa including a demo video, visit www.coppercolorado.com/sherpa.
Throughout opening weekend guests can get lucky on Copper Mountain’s Loot Lift, a contest based on the NYC hit Cash Cab. Guests riding the Loot Lift (aka the American Eagle) are randomly selected and quizzed on their ride to the top of the mountain, earning prizes as they go. Be sure to freshen up on Copper Mountain trivia; prizes include complimentary Copper lift tickets, village gift cards, GoPro cameras and more. For more information visit www.CopperColorado.com.
The newly renovated Woodward at Copper Barn will be open daily starting Saturday, Nov. 1, from 1:30-8:30 p.m. The GoPro Digital Media Lab will also be back in action in Burning Stones Plaza during the weekends starting on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. GoPro Hero 3 daily rentals are available to capture the day on the hill for only $29. Save the date for Woodward Remix, Nov. 30, including free public sessions, skate and BMX demos and free kids skate jams. More information at www.WoodwardatCopper.com.
The only full-length downhill training facility in the world available early season,The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, opens for training on Copper’s opening day. The U.S. Alpine Ski Team will begin their road to Sochi training on Colorado snow at Copper Mountain. The full team of Olympic hopefuls, including Ted Ligety, Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin will be introduced Friday, Nov. 8, during the Nature Valley First Tracks Alpine Team Naming – a free all American pep-rally open to the public to kick off the ski and snowboard season. The full day event allows fans to catch the U.S. Ski Team training, participate in a fan-led parade and official naming ceremony, followed by an athlete autograph session and headlining band The Swon Brothers, recent finalists on NBC’s The Voice, in Burning Stones Plaza, located in Center Village.
Season pass product prices are guaranteed until Nov. 4, the time is now to lock in your snow days for this winter. Visit www.CopperColorado.com to renew online. on Twitter.
Keystone rolls into season with 65 skiable acres on Friday
Keystone Resort is getting ready to roll out the white carpet, welcoming guests to the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season with the resort’s Opening Day on Friday, Nov. 1. Keystone will make its season debut with 65 skiable acres on Dercum Mountain, and a weekend of exciting events and activities will animate the start of another great season. Lifts will open at 9 a.m. Friday, with skiing and riding through 4 p.m.
Thanks to the round-the-clock efforts of Keystone’s snowmaking, grooming and mountain operations teams, the resort will open with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the intermediate Spring Dipper and River Run trails. The River Run gondola, Summit Express, Montezuma and Ranger lifts will provide uphill access for skiers and riders. For beginners, the resort is offering a learning area at the top of the mountain on the Endeavor trail, complete with a carpet lift open to the public. Keystone’s renowned Ski&Ride School will also have ski and snowboard lessons available beginning Opening Day. Additionally, the resort’s A51 Terrain Park, ranked among the top parks in the world, is debuting the largest early season park in the country with more than 20 features on the Scout trail, all accessed by the designated Ranger chairlift. A beginner, intermediate and more advanced line will be available in the Park, each comprised of a selection of boxes and rails.
Guests can begin the morning with a treat of warm donut from Keystone’s renowned pastry chef Ned Archibald, as well as hot chocolate and coffee at the base of the River Run Gondola. In honor of the resort’s 43rd season, the first 43 guests in line at the River Run Gondola will receive a Starbucks mug and gift card, while the first 200 skiers and riders in line for first chair will receive a raffle ticket, making them eligible for a number of great prizes including a GoPro Hero 3, a Never Summer snowboard and Keystone logo wear. On Opening Day, Epic Passholders will be eligible to receive a free Epic knit hat as one of the first 150 passholders to “flash” their pass at the Epic tent in Gondola Plaza. The weekend’s festivities will continue Friday and Saturday evening at the Get Stoked movie festival at Warren Station, located in the heart of Keystone’s River Run Village, featuring some of the year’s best ski and snowboard films. Free parking will be available in all resort parking lots Friday, Saturday and Sunday in appreciation of guests visiting the resort Opening Weekend.
Beginning Opening Day, Keystone’s Kids Ski Free offer will return for a second season with children 12 and under receiving free lift tickets with just a two or more night stay in any of Keystone’s owned/operated lodging units. Keystone’s offer is as simple as childhood itself, without any red tape or restrictions; there are no blackout dates, giving families the freedom to take advantage of the special deal on weekends and throughout holiday periods, a rarity in the ski industry. Last season the resort provided more than 25,000 Kids Ski Free lift tickets and Keystone is proud to offer the industry’s simplest and most valuable Kids Ski Free program for