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Copper Mountain opens for uphill access

Over the weekend, Copper Mountain opened select slopes to uphill recreationalists, including skinners and snowshoers. An uphill access pass is required.

Over the weekend, Copper Mountain opened select slopes to uphill recreationalists, including skinners and snowshoers. An uphill access pass is required.

With help from Mother Nature and cold early-season temperatures, Copper Mountain has concluded snowmaking operations and thus opened at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15 uphill access to guests.

Uphill access is permitted at Copper Mountain with a 2013/2014 Uphill Access Pass. All guests are required to have a Copper Mountain Uphill Access Pass to skin or snowshoe within the resort boundary during non-operational hours.

To obtain the pass, guests must complete and sign an uphill access waiver and wear a reflective armband in plain sight while going uphill. This pass is free and available for pick up from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Copper Mountain’s Lower Patrol Room, located next to the American Flyer lift behind Jack’s.

Uphill access is restricted to non-operating hours. Guests taking advantage of uphill travel in the morning must be at Solitude Station before lifts open to the public at 9 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on weekends. Evening uphill access will be not be granted until after 5 p.m.

All trail and rope closures must be adhered to. Guests utilizing uphill access must remain in the middle of the trail and avoid blind spots. The following routes are the only routes open to uphill access:

• East Village

— Up Skid Road to Main Vein, to Rhapsody ending at Solitude.

• Center Village

— Up Main Vein to Rhapsody ending at Solitude. Up Carefree or Loverly to Coppertone, East on Easy Road ending at Solitude.

• Union Creek to Janet’s Cabin:

— Up Roundabout to West Ten Mile ending at the National Forest Access Point gate.

For more information about up-hill access, visit www.coppercolorado.com.