Coppen Mountain Resort festival celebrates all things Colorado Saturday | SummitDaily.com

Coppen Mountain Resort festival celebrates all things Colorado Saturday

Breeana Laughlin
blaughlin@summitdaily.com
This weekend, Copper visitors can celebrate all things great about living in our state through the resorts “Colorado Days.”
Submitted photo/Copper Mountain Resort |

In the next few months, guests at Copper Mountain can see Olympic hopefuls train, watch athletes push the limits in world-class competitions and take part in holiday festivities.

This weekend’s “Colorado Days” are a chance to celebrate all things great about living in our state.

“Copper Mountain in the past has hosted a ‘Demo Days.’ This year we decided to give the event a Colorado focus and highlight the amazing Colorado offerings we have in our own backyard,” said Copper communications manager Austyn Williams.

The event, which highlights things made or grown in Colorado, includes locally made skis and snowboards (demos available), a Colorado craft-beer garden and local bands who will battle it out, winner takes all, for a chance to play at Copper’s Sunsation Festival next spring.

Donations raised during the event will go to areas affected by Colorado’s recent flooding, Williams said.

This season is a great time to be not only a skier or rider, but also a spectator, Williams said. Guests at Copper can view Olympic hopefuls on the road to Sochi. The finish area of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center is always open for public viewing. Guests can access the East Village via Copper Mountain bus and watch the athletes come down the final pitch.

A 22-foot Olympic-sized Main Vein Superpipe is under construction. Once it opens, Copper visitors will be able to view the action right from Center Village and Burning Stones Plaza. The $500,000 renovations at Woodward at Copper created a large upper-level spectator area, which is open to guests as well, Williams said.

Woodward will be the place to go over Thanksgiving, she said.

The U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding teams will be on hand at the Woodward Remix over the holiday weekend, as will pro-BMX riders including Red Bull’s Anthony Napolitan and X Games gold medalist Zack Warden. Pro skateboarders, including Red Bull’s Tom Schaar and Curren Caples and Volcom’s Louie Lopez, will perform demos and do athlete meet-and-greets. The Annual GoPro Yam Jam is the perfect way to work off that third (maybe even fourth) helping of Thanksgiving turkey with Woodward at Copper’s progressive rails on Friday, Williams said.

“Over Thanksgiving weekend, guests can also catch the lighting of the holiday tree, followed by fireworks and hot chocolate,” she said.

Copper will host two major competitions at the resort in December. The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series returns to Copper Mountain’s Main Vein Superpipe Dec. 6-8. It’s one of the only open-format series, and amateurs will have the opportunity to compete alongside top pros at this action-packed event, Williams said.

This year’s stakes are especially high, as the event also will serve as a last-chance qualifier heading into the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series, Copper Mountain reps said.

Copper Mountain will kick off the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series, a U.S. Olympic team selection event, Dec. 19-22.

Last year, the event attracted 500 athletes from 13 countries, and the stakes will be even higher this year, with a potential Olympic bid on the line. Athletes are expected be throw down their biggest and best tricks in the last Colorado qualifier before Sochi.

More information about these events and more can be found at http://www.CopperColorado.com.


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