Jib for joy: Copper’s halfpipe to open
December 1, 2005
SUMMIT COUNTY – Ullr’s been on skiers’ and snowboarders’ side this week, dumping nearly a foot of snow at most of the resorts Wednesday and Thursday.Copper Mountain experienced its snowiest November in 22 years and its second snowiest November ever, according to spokesperson Carlos Garcia. The resort is opening its Main Vein Superpipe today, the first superpipe to open for the season in North America, creating a huge draw for Olympians, who will be training there today through Dec. 9. Because of training, the superpipe will be closed to public use from 8-11 a.m. today, 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8-11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 9.Spectators can still hike up to the superpipe to watch the athletes during the training hours.Copper currently has a mid-mountain base of 42 inches and reported 12 inches of new snow for Wednesday and Thursday with the flakes still falling.The snow is expected to keep on blowing today with wind between 13 and 15 mph with gusts as high as 31 mph. New snow accumulation of 3-7 inches is possible. Saturday’s chance of snow is 70 percent, diminishing to 30 percent Sunday.BreckenridgeBreckenridge, as of 5 a.m. Thursday, had received 8 inches of new snow, adding to the 38-inch mid-mountain base. Peaks 8, 9 and 10 are open for a total of 1,490 acres of terrain at the resort. Also, Horseshoe and Contest bowls, Eldorado Park and Pipe, Country Boy Park and Columbia Terrain Park on Peak 9 are ready for skiing and riding.A-BasinArapahoe Basin got 12 inches in 48 hours as of 2 p.m. Thursday and has enough snow for Palivacinni to be ready for the winter, according to spokesperson Leigh Heirholzer; however, she said ski patrol is busy trying to do control work on Pali, and there’s a lot left to do before it can open for the season.KeystoneKeystone opened North, South, Erickson and Bergman bowls last week, giving skiers and riders almost 2,500 acres of terrain, and the Outback is 98 percent open. The A51 terrain park is also open with two jumps and a variety of rails and boxes.LovelandLoveland reports that Chair 3, a beginner lift, will be opening Saturday, putting the resort at just under 90 percent open.Beaver CreekAs of Thursday, those heading to Beaver Creek can enjoy 756 acres of terrain and 45 trails served by eight lifts. The resort opened the Birds of Prey Express Lift and expert runs Goshawk and Peregrine. Advanced skiers and snowboarders can ski or ride Red Tail run to the finish stadium and viewing area for the Visa Birds of Prey World Cup races.VailThrough Dec. 1, Vail has received 118 inches of cumulative snowfall year-to-date at the top of the mountain, only 7 inches shy of the historical record of 125 inches. This is the second best snowfall in Vail’s history, and the resort is offering 2,750 acres with 21 lifts and 145 trails. Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13622, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.