It’s not easy being a skiing family in Chicago. It takes a lot of travel, and, if you’re lucky, a second home in ski country.John and Lori Kann grew up skiing in Wisconsin and Vermont, respectively. In early couplehood, they began taking trips to Colorado. John had experience with Breckenridge and Winter Park as a child, but Copper Mountain emerged as a favorite. When the family began to grow, their trips to Summit County became more frequent, and two years ago – with three boys in tow – they were able to fulfill their dream of having a place to call their own on their annual ski vacations.Coinciding with the Kanns’ home purchase at the base of Copper Mountain was the resort’s remodel and bolstering of the base village. Now Copper is a place where three young boys can freely explore, and a family can find plenty to do together.Here, John represents the family.Why did you choose Copper?
We like Copper, especially because of the way the mountain is laid out. You’ve got beginner on one side, middle is intermediate, the other side is advanced. And we also liked the safety of the village. It’s contained. You don’t have any real traffic that goes through the village.(The kids) can wander around. They can go ice skating. They can do a lot of stuff. And within a bus ride you can go tubing. It’s not purely just skiing. There’s a lot of other activities the boys and the family can do.What’s it like being a skier in Chicago?It’s not easy. There are no mountains around. We don’t ski locally at all. We did it when our boys first started. They learned out in Wisconsin, but we haven’t gone in four years.
How often are you in Copper?Twice a year. Typically we go during Christmas time. Then we’ll come for the kids’ spring break.Do you ever try to get out in the summer?It’s something we’d like to do at some point, but it just hasn’t worked with schedules.
Do you keep track of the goings on at Copper when you aren’t here?I read the local papers and the Summit Daily online.I’m aware of what’s going on, and I’m hoping that the people that are out there and manage and run Copper work together and do whatever’s right for everybody out there.Anything to add?What we’re attracted to is the mountains and the fresh air and clean air – and the peacefulness, being more with nature.
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