Originally posted on SnowboarderGuide.com
On November 8, 2009. After two days off to take care of a couple of projects, catch up on email, and send out a ton of SBG stickers, I made a quick trip down to Copper to check out their opening weekend setup.
As with every other resort right now, the snow conditions are essentially inconsistent ice and dust, but it’s hard to complain about being on snow with the sun out. I-70 crowds are to be expected on the weekends, and combined with the ice, can make for some scary encounters.
As usual, Copper has put together a great park with some great progression features. There are two park entrances, for the beginner park entrance you’ll skate to the right as you get off the American Eagle lift, for the bigger features turn left. There’s only one small jump, but plenty of fun box setups. My current favorite feature is the 15′ flat with a 6″ drop to a 15′ flat to 15′ down. While Copper’s park lacks the flash of Keystone’s new features, the park flows well, and has a much better selection of beginner and intermediate boxes.
There is definitely a lot of fun to be had, but keep it slow on the way down and stay safe, it’s too early in the season to let yourself get wrecked by some front-range madness.
“30 Days on the Road” is a blog series tracking my travel for thirty days in October and November; from leaving Alaska on October 27th until Steamboat opens on November 25th. Due to a series of cool opportunities I don’t have to be back at a “real job” until 11/26th, and after a summer that seemed way too long, I’ll be making the most of my free month with as much snow and snow industry fun as I can cram in. The goal is two-fold, first to get you pumped about the upcoming season, and two to help keep track of time as I wander aimlessly for a month.