Sunsation returns to Copper Mountain with bikini contest, pond skimming |

Sunsation returns to Copper Mountain with bikini contest, pond skimming

Krista Driscoll
On Saturday, April 18, competitors will don costumes and navigate terrain park features across multiple pools of water on the Lower Bouncer trail in Copper’s Center Village for the Red Bull SlopeSoakers event.
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Sunsation schedule

More information on these events, including registration for SlopeSoakers, is available at

Saturday, April 18

9:30-10:30 a.m. — SlopeSoakers registration, Woodward Cage, $25

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Red Bull SlopeSoakers heats begin in a jam format, Center Village

1-5 p.m. — Dos Equis Apres Ski, Center Village

1:15 p.m. — SlopeSoakers awards, Burning Stones Plaza

2 p.m. — Free live music with P-Nuckle, Burning Stones Plaza

2-4 p.m. — Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest registration, Burning Stones Plaza, $20

3:30 p.m. — Free live music with Reel Big Fish, Burning Stones Plaza

Sunday, April 19

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Free music with DJ Landry, Burning Stones Plaza

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest registration, $20

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Dos Equis Big Air Challenge, base of the Main Vein Superpipe

1-5 p.m. — Dos Equis Apres Ski, Center Village

1:30-2:30 p.m. — Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest, Burning Stones Plaza

2:45 p.m. — Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest awards, Burning Stones Plaza

3 p.m. — Free live music with Oakhurst, Burning Stones Plaza

Copper Mountain’s annual Sunsation celebration returns to the slopes Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, to close out the 2014-15 ski season with outlandish competitions and free live music.

The party begins Saturday with the fourth-annual Red Bull SlopeSoakers pond skim-rail jam hybrid event. Competitors don costumes and navigate terrain park features across multiple pools of water on the Lower Bouncer trail in Copper’s Center Village. Preregistration is available online, or register on-site to participate in one of three heats, which begin every 30 minutes starting at 11 a.m. The registration fee is $25 per person, and all of the money goes toward the prize purse.

Stick around after the competition for free music from Denver-based reggae band P-Nuckle and this year’s headliner, Orange County, California, ska-rock band Reel Big Fish (read more about the band in the Saturday, April 18, edition of the Summit Daily). To close out the day, World of Adventure presents Dos Equis Après Ski with the Feast of the Brave and beer garden with traveling wanderer Draga until 5 p.m.

Eenie weenie bikinis

The season ends at Copper on Sunday, April 19, with the infamous Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest, where skiers and riders in their best beachwear will make their way from the base of the Main Vein Superpipe and past a panel of judges into Copper’s Center Village.

The bikini contest debuted at Copper in 1986 and was even featured in Rolling Stone magazine before it was jettisoned for a few years, starting in 2005, due to low participation. To the delight of bikini-clad skiers and riders everywhere, the event made a triumphant return a handful of years later and has been going strong ever since.

“Copper chose to bring this tradition back because it’s fun,” said Stephanie Sweeney, public relationships manager for Copper. “It’s a great way to round out the winter season and sets us apart from other spring celebrations.”

First, second and third places will be awarded in both men’s and women’s categories, and prizes range from cash and lift tickets to GoPros, snowboards, Copper Mountain 4 Packs, Spy goggles and more. Copper Mountain employee Regina Case has been a regular competitor in the Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest for the past few years and said the energy and atmosphere make the event worth repeating.

“The competitors are pumping each other up while waiting anxiously to go down the mountain,” she said. “The crowd is cheering us on because you just don’t see this every day. Finally, you have the people sitting at Jill’s Bar raising their glasses and toasting to us.”

The bikini contest has a tendency to bring out the crazies, as well as a few novices, and Case recalled an incident in last year’s competition involving a young girl with only a couple of ski days under her belt.

“At the very beginning of the course, you have to make a sharp left turn,” she said. “Let’s just say that didn’t happen and she kept going straight — through the nets. She had a great attitude, got back up on her skis, kept skiing and kept falling a couple more times. In the end, she still placed, so I think that goes to show you, you just never know what you are going to see out there.”

Bikinis and beats

Case said busting out the bikini is a great way to get a jumpstart on summer and expose those legs that haven’t seen the light of day in forever. And though scantily dressed men and women clomping around in ski and snowboard boots seems like a recipe for a wardrobe malfunction disaster, Sweeney said Copper works hard to keep the contest appropriate.

“There is a strict policy against nudity — any contestant who does not abide is immediately disqualified and asked to leave the resort,” she said. “When contestants check in before they compete, they must show their costume or theme to ensure that it is appropriate.”

DJ Landry will be cranking out the beats at Burning Stones Plaza all morning Sunday, starting at 9, and Denver-based Oakhurst rounds out the weekend of live music with a set from 3 to 5 p.m. Wind down with another edition of Dos Equis Apres Ski and watch skiers stomp their final tricks of the season at the Big Air Challenge at the base of the Main Vein Superpipe.

For more information on closing weekend events at Copper, visit

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