Copper, CO 12-3-17

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Copper, CO 12-3-17

Postby EMSC » Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:03 pm

Ruh Roh, not looking very good.

Not a lot open, very warm (~40 at he base as a guess), and besides the small storm last night nothing in the forecast for new snow. At least cold weather will return for 4-5 days so everyone can blow snow.

What was open had better than expected surfaces though with one or two exceptions (the last 100 vert of the trail on the American Flyer for example). A few Hard pack 'icy spots, but mostly 1-2 inches of fluff all across the trail.

Skied from ~10a-3p once we figured out that Jr's ski pass RFID chip had stopped working for no reason and they had to print him a new pass. I snowboarded since I knew I'd be bored out of my mind on skis. First time I've ever snowboarded at the same time my son has been with me. We also choose Copper since we knew traffic on I-70 would be light and since Jr will be on the development team at Eldora - so we will get to see plenty of Eldora this year.

Biggest complaint is the massive waste of snowmaking on the 100% man-made snow piles for the half pipe, etc... (see the pics). Easily 1-2 trails worth of snowmaking used up for that before they even have much terrain open to the public (the only trail off super B is 100% dedicated to racers until mid-Dec).

At least it was good to get out and make a few turns.

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lower mtn snowpack


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upper mtn snowpack. A couple of natural snow runs had been opened up high, but subsequently pounded into submission with the lack of new snowfall and now closed again.


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lots of ropes and 'narrow' (for the west) runs in spots.


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Top of the new Mtn Coaster at Copper


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Nice day to be outside at least


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Just carving the enormous half pipe out. 100% snowmaking used.


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look at the towering wall of snow tot he left of the half pipe. It goes up higher than the top of the lift towers and is an enormous waste of early snowmaking (they are still blowing snowmaking this am into the half pipe/mound of snow area- what a waste).
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Re: Copper, CO 12-3-17

Postby Staley » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:17 pm

That halfpipe is for Olympic qualifying, event begins December 6.
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Re: Copper, CO 12-3-17

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:03 pm

It's Murphy's Law. The 2014 half pipe qualifying was at then drought stricken Mammoth. There was much local grumbling about how snowmaking in January was being used for the pipe vs. restoring surfaces chewed up over Christmas.

I'm surprised EMSC wasn't at the Beaver Creek World Cup considering how marginal the skiing is.
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Re: Copper, CO 12-3-17

Postby EMSC » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:15 pm

Staley wrote:hat halfpipe is for Olympic qualifying, event begins December 6.


Sounds like an event that should have been pushed out by a week or two. The Olympics are plenty far enough away yet to accommodate reality on the ground.


Tony Crocker wrote:I'm surprised EMSC wasn't at the Beaver Creek World Cup considering how marginal the skiing is.


Considered it, but BC only had a single run open on a totally different area of the resort away from the race area. And I needed the exercise while Jr needed to get on skis ahead of an 'assessment' session with the development team to figure out his group assignment for the year. So, yes, we hiked and mtn biked all of Turkey day weekend (in shorts no less). So it was the first day on the hill for all of us.
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