Parking ready for Gravity Games
COPPER MOUNTAIN – The Gravity Games are coming to Copper Mountainand so are the cars full of people that need a place to park. Copper Mountain’s parking plan is in place with plenty of spaces in Silverthorne, Frisco and at the resort itself.The Outdoor Life Network’s (OLN) Gravity Games descend on Copper Mountain March 3-6. Athletes will compete in 11 medal events, including superpipe, slopestyle and cross. The games are scheduled for broadcast on OLN March 28-30. Thad Noll, assistant county manager, is working with Copper Mountain, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado State Patrol on a transportation, parking and signage plan for the event. The signage and parking plan was submitted to CDOT, state patrol, the sheriff’s department and each of the town’s police departments at the end of last week.”Copper wants to get the OK from everyone to make sure there aren’t any major flaws in the plan,” Noll said.Copper was able to secure a large number of parking spaces behind the Denver Water Board property below the dam and at the Outlets at Silverthorne.The town of Frisco is plowing the Frisco Transfer Center area for event parking. The area is usually used for snow storage.Copper has hired a bus company to provide transportation from the remote lots, and signage will be visible to direct people to the lots.”We need the roadways clear for people not involved in the event,” Noll said.Copper Mountain in conjunction with the planning department has allowed for more parking as well, including on the 13th fairway of the golf course at the resort.Noll said Copper Mountain is hoping for a multi-year contract if all goes well with the event. However, Commissioner Bill Wallace commented that Summit County has had parking and transportation fiascoes with two previous large events in the county: a Widespread Panic concert and the Cardboard Derby.”If this (event) doesn’t go over, it’ll be at least three more years before this commissioner approves another large event,” Wallace said. “I’m not against these sort of events; but if visitors come here and it’s a zoo, we’ve lost them and their friends.”Copper Mountain officials are expecting between 5,000 and 10,000 attendees daily at the four-day Gravity Games event.”I feel comfortable with the way things are moving,” Noll said. “We’re looking forward to a good event.”-Jennifer HuffmanJennifer Huffman can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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