Copper Mountain Resort announces new Woodward Peace Park, Tucker Mountain lift, mid-mountain lodge
Copper Mountain Resort will be getting its own Peace Park after all, one of several new on-snow offerings that the ski resort announced on Monday will debut in time for next ski season and the 2020-21 season.
For next year, Copper will debut its Woodward Peace Park and its new Tucker Mountain chairlift. For 2020-21, Copper anticipates opening its new mid-mountain lodge to replace Solitude Station near the top of the American Eagle lift.
The Woodward Peace Park news comes just weeks after Copper’s parent company, POWDR, announced a new partnership with one of the world’s most famous snowboarders, Danny Davis, to bring his Peace Park concept to POWDR ski resort properties. Davis and Woodward already have Peace Parks operating at POWDR properties Boreal Mountain Resort in California and Killington Ski Resort in Vermont, where everyday skiers and snowboarders can ride Davis and Woodwards’ progressive features. These “Woodward Peace Parks,” in turn, expand Davis’ Peace Park concept from something intended just for the world’s best snowboarders to something most everyone can enjoy. Copper Mountain spokeswoman Taylor Prather said in an email on Monday that the location of the Peace Park at Copper is still to be determined.
As for the new Tucker Lift, it’ll be a 3-person fixed grip that will, for the first time in the resort’s history, provide seven-day-a-week lift-serviced access to 273 acres of expert terrain on Tucker Mountain, including steep chutes and gladed trails. The lift will rise taller than 1,100 vertical feet, reaching 12,200 feet in elevation.
Previously, this terrain was only accessible via hiking or via snowcat service on weather-permitting weekend days. The new lift will run from the bottom of the Blackjack chair to the top of The Taco Chute and will be complemented with a ski patrol warming hut and new restroom facilities at the base of the Mountain Chief chair in Copper Bowl. Prather said the resort intends to begin its construction on the new lift as soon as Copper Bowl closes for the season.
“I’m thrilled to announce Copper’s newest Tucker Mountain chairlift allowing more skiers and riders to access Copper’s unique high alpine terrain.” Dustin Lyman, the resort’s president and general manager, said in a statement. “At the same time, we will begin construction on a new mid-mountain lodge to replace Solitude Station and craft the designs for the Woodward Peace Park in partnership with Danny Davis, a U.S. Snowboard Olympian and X Games gold medalist.”
As for that new mid-mountain lodge, Copper says it will feature convenient access from the new American Eagle lift (opened earlier this season) to a “re-imagined” 25,000-square-foot lodge experience. Construction is already underway on the lodge and will continue through next ski season. Once complete, the new lodge will feature a full-service casual restaurant, a full-service bar and lounge, a private dining area, cafeteria options and 180-degree views of the nearby mountain landscape.
Peace Park was originally founded by the multi-time X Games gold medalist Davis in 2011 as a new type of riding experience for elite athletes like him who had grown tired of traditional competition formats and courses. Since, Davis’ Peace Park has helped to reinvent the freestyle terrain elite snowboarders like him ride with a focus on fun and flow as well as progression.
As recently as 2017, Davis recruited a collection of the world’s most talented snowboarders, such as 2018 Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard of Summit County, to ride on a Peace Park course at Grand Targhee Resort in Wyoming.
“Woodward Peace Park builds on Danny’s legacy while also incorporating Woodward’s focus on self-directed learning, fun and progression,” Woodward officials said on the Peace Park’s site in January. “Woodward Peace Parks are built for riders of all sizes and ability levels with something for everyone. Woodward Peace Park transcends standard slopestyle and halfpipes, has more flow, transition, room to breathe and options for creative expression.”
Thus far this season, Powdr’s resorts have provided access to the Peace Parks with a regular lift ticket or season pass to the mountains.
“Powdr’s commitment to progressing athletes the Woodward way and to inspiring participation in the adventure lifestyle was a natural draw,” Davis said in late January. “Woodward Peace Park will expand access to more creative, progressive and cutting-edge terrain. It’s awesome that Woodward Peace Park is an evolution that’s for the people, not just the pros.”
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