Copper’s cat skiing open for the season

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COPPER MOUNTAIN – Copper Mountain pushed off its cat skiing operation for the season on Sunday, opening up access to the last bit of terrain that was still closed this season.This year the resort is running two cats between the base of the Copper Bowl up to nearly the top of the 12,337-foot Tucker Mountain, which cuts the approximately 45 minute wait time for a ride in half, said Copper Mountain spokesperson Carlos Garcia.The cat drops off skiers and riders near the top of the peak, allowing them to access double black diamond steeps and gladed runs. Alternatively, snowriders can hike from the top of the Mountain Chief lift along the West Ridge to access Tucker. “(The conditions are) great. It’s either been like 5 inches or 10 inches, there’s a lot of snow back there,” Garcia said.The free cat operation is weather dependent, Garcia said, but typically runs between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tucker Mountain closes at 2 p.m.

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