Copper Mountain Resort starts snowmaking for the 2015-16 season |

Copper Mountain Resort starts snowmaking for the 2015-16 season

Copper Mountain Resort began snowmaking on a run called Andy's Encore in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The resort will open for the winter season on Friday, Nov. 6.
Tripp Fay / Copper Mountain Resort |

Snowmaking has begun at Copper Mountain Resort.

During the early hours of Sunday, Oct. 4, the overnight wet-bulb temperature of 27 degrees made it possible for snowmaking guns to fire up on the trail Andy’s Encore.

Copper is scheduled to open on Friday, Nov. 6. The resort uses its snowmaking resources to ensure early-season snow quality and to prepare the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain.

In 2014, the resort started snowmaking on Sept. 29, and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and Loveland Ski Area followed closely behind.

This year, Copper will introduce a full roster of Olympic medalists and World Champion alpine skiers at the First Tracks: U.S. Alpine Ski Team Naming on Nov. 6. Athletes expected to attend include Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso, Ted Ligety and Lindsey Vonn.

The pep-rally event allows fans a chance to cheer on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team and their favorite athletes as they head into the 2015-16 winter season.

In conjunction with the First Tracks celebration, the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials also will be held at Copper on Nov. 6. Athletes set to participate include Ligety, World Champion Daron Rahlves and two-time Olympian Kaylin Richardson.

In May, the U.S. Ski Team and NASTAR announced the team would take on operational management of the popular racing program.

For more information, visit and follow Copper Mountain Resort on social media.

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