Copper announces $6M in improvements |

Copper announces $6M in improvements

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Copper Mountain announced plans Friday to ramp up snowmaking for the 2010-2011 season as part of $6 million in capital improvements to the resort.

With the planned snowmaking increases, Copper anticipates better early-season coverage for race camps, training, and recreational skiers and riders. The planned 25 percent increase in snowmaking capacity will be spread throughout the mountain, with new systems planned for the Timberline area, adding significant intermediate terrain.

The resort also plans to expand its free Corn lot, increasing free parking at Copper by 40 percent. And additional parking in Union Creek will add easier access to Copper’s beginner area, including Ski and Ride School programs and The Schoolhouse.

The improvements won’t end in 2011, according to Copper Mountain President and General Manager Gary Rodgers.

“The focus on infrastructure enhancements sets the stage for future on mountain improvements,” Rodgers said.

The announcement Friday was the first of its kind from Copper Mountain’s new owner, Powdr Corp, which purchased the resort last December from Intrawest.

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