Copper Mountain’s new Three Bears chairlift named for Powdr Corp.’s founding family

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the name of the father of the Cumming family as well as the timing of their purchase of Snowbird.

COPPER MOUNTAIN — Copper Mountain’s new expert terrain on Tucker Mountain will be accessible via the new Three Bears chairlift, which has special naming significance. 

“The name Three Bears pays homage to Powdr’s founding family of passionate outdoor adventurers: John, David and Ian Cumming,” Copper Mountain spokeswoman Taylor Prather wrote in an email.

The family coined the nickname back when Ian Cumming would take his two sons to Snowbird, Utah, which the Cummings would later buy.

“Growing up in Utah, the Cumming family spent weekends at Snowbird, which is still a part of the Powdr family, and often referred to themselves as the three bears,” Prather wrote.

Prather said they are happy to be able to honor the family with the naming of the chairlift as “it’s been a long time coming.”

The new chairlift will bring skiers and snowboarders up to Tucker Mountain, where they can explore 273 acres of expert terrain that was previously only available via snowcat or hiking. There also will be a warming hut at the top of the lift, which tops out at 12,421 feet.

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