Copper’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend |

Copper’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Kathryn TurnerSpecial to the Daily

Special to the Daily/Copper MountainCopper Mountain's first En Fuego of the year involves lighting the Christmas tree, bonfires and fireworks. The event starts at 5 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza.

Everyone’s familiar with the after-turkey slump, that drowsy aftermath of an all-day cooking and eating marathon. Well, the folks at Copper Mountain Resort are serving up a cure: a weekend full of events and activities, not to mention some newly opened terrain.

On Saturday, work off those extra holiday helpings at the Ninth Annual Gobbler Chase Snowshoe Race. The 5K course is always full of some very excited people and some very festive costumes (yes, expect to see some turkeys). Early registration is $20, or $25 day-of, with all proceeds benefiting the Copper Environmental Foundation. The race begins at 11 a.m.; registration and check-in are from 9-10:45 a.m. in Burning Stones Plaza.

Who’s not thankful for new terrain? Copper just opened its Gem and American Flyer lifts, meaning there’s more to explore this holiday. The mountain is also starting its hours earlier than usual to celebrate: through Sunday, lifts start moving at 8:30 a.m. On Saturday, test out some new gear courtesy of snowboard brands like Burton, Never Summer and Capita. There will be demos of the latest equipment at Burning Stones Plaza; all season pass and day ticket holders are invited to participate free of charge.

Saturday evening, skiers and snowboarders compete for tons of prizes at the annual Yam Jam Rail Jam, held at Copper’s Lower Bouncer Terrain Park. Anyone who wants to compete is welcome, and so is anyone who wants to watch: For the first time, this year’s competition is being held under the nighttime lights. It’ll make for some great entertainment for folks already attending Copper’s first En Fuego event of the winter, which includes a Christmas tree lighting, snowcat parade, cozy bonfires, fireworks and tunes from DJ Kris Kringle. En Fuego festivities begin at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Burning Stones Plaza. Yam Jam entry is $10; registration is at the Cage from noon to 3:30 p.m. and practice begins at 4.

Also special for the holiday, the Alpine Rush Zip Line opens for the first time this winter. Through Sunday, take a ride for $10 from 2 – 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Copper’s Guest Services or Sugar Lips Mini Donuts.

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