Copper records best season ever |

Copper records best season ever

Lu Snyder

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Last winter might not have been the greatest season for powderhounds, but Copper Mountain officials recently reported it provided their highest number ever of skier/snowboarder visits – more than one million.

“We’ve steadily increased our numbers over the past three years,” communications coordinator Beth Jahnigen said.

Numbers for the 2000-01 season totalled 992,888 skier/snowboarder visits, she said, and last season crossed the 1 million mark with a total of 1,005,000.

Considering the anxious prelude to the season – with the Sept. 11 attacks, economic downturn, tourism uncertainties and the lack of snow – those number exceeded expectations, Jahnigen said.

“We were definitely apprehensive as to how the season would go,” she said. “We’re more than pleased.”

Jahnigen credits Copper’s successful season to a combination of factors, including the new village at the base of the mountain, increased lodging and restaurants and a variety of activities. Those factors created a momentum that has increased over the years and “created more excitement at Copper,” she said.

Jahnigen didn’t seem too worried about the coming season despite recent discussions that there might not be enough water for snowmaking this year.

“We don’t even begin our snowmaking operations for another two months,” she said. “Right now, we’re just watching the situation. It’s too soon to be concerned.”

Copper officials sold season passes for the approaching winter in April, and Jahnigen said they will have another sale as the season draws closer.

Though Copper officials already have set goals for next year’s numbers, Jahnigen said she was not able to elaborate on those objectives.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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