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Copper to Open New Expert Chairlift Next Season

Copper to Open New Expert Chairlift Next Season

Copper Mountain is going gold. If you have ever taken the lift to the top of Copper Mountain and drooled over the terrain that seemed just out of reach, you know how big this news is. That place is Tucker Mountain, an area reserved for the mountain’s snow cat operation that runs only on the weekends and depends on the snow conditions. But things are about to change. Starting this summer Copper is constructing a three-person fixed grip chair to usher skiers and riders to the top of 12,200ft Tucker Mountain, opening 273 acres of expert terrain seven days a week. No longer do you have to stare longingly at the terrain just out of reach. Next season you can catch a ride on the new lift from the bottom of existing Blackjack lift in Copper’s back bowls to the top of The Taco–a north-facing and wide-open chute that can hold its snow and give you one helluva ride. But if The Taco isn’t your speed or the snow’s not great that day you can head off the lift in either direction to find steep chutes and glades to work your way down that will fit your fancy. Though the improvements on Tucker steal the show, these aren’t the only improvements going on at Copper.   Widespread improvements Copper has been making widespread improvements as a part of POWDR Corp’s (Copper’s parent company) $100M project that included an update to the mountain’s darling lifts American Flyer and American Eagle, new restaurants and bars for après or during the day, a terrain park designed with an Olympic snowboarder, and a...
How to Ski Spring Conditions Like a Pro

How to Ski Spring Conditions Like a Pro

Spring conditions rock. Like seriously. Maybe it hasn’t snowed in a couple weeks. No big deal. Maybe you’re a little tired because someone blew it on the AirBnB logistics and instead of sleeping slope-side you spent the night in your car parking lot-side. Whatever. Either way, you’re stoked because you’re getting ready to ski, but before you do here’s a few pro tips. 1. Don’t Rush It In the spring, daytime temperatures can exceed 40°F warmer and the sunshine is abundant, which works quickly to melt a little snow during the day. At night, however, temps plummet and that soft partially-melted layer of snow turns to ice. Unless you’ve got a screw loose or love skiing fast and out of control, skiing on ice is no bueno. So how do you get around it? It’s simple. Just wait a few hours. No need to get the first chair in the spring and if you’re on vacation from sea level, there’s no conceivable chance you’ll make it a full day anyway. Wait until about 11am and then give it a go–this will also give you a chance to prep for the day with a couple plates of breakfast and three cups of coffee. You will be invincible. 2. Follow the Sun Throughout the day pay attention to where the sun has been hitting the mountain the most. If you’re directionally inclined, the mountain’s south-facing slopes here are going to be your best friend as they will be getting the most solar blasting throughout the day. By noon you should be enjoying buttery spring snow conditions. If, however, you forget where the sun is you can...
The Best Spring Party in The World is At Mt. Bachelor

The Best Spring Party in The World is At Mt. Bachelor

Things are heating up at Bachelor. What if you could spend your days under the sun sipping beer, watching skiers and rider launch hella big air, dancing to good music, and making some turns all at the same time? Well, in Oregon, you can. Enter–Mt. Bachelor’s Sunchaser Spring. Starting in just a couple weeks, the list of events that make up the best spring party in skiing is getting underway. For the skiing, Bachelor has a specific Sunchaser Spring Pass that allows for unlimited skiing and riding from March 30th-May 26th. Nobody does it quite like Bachelor. Saturday March 30th : 10 Barrel Hella Big Air To kick things off the Bend, Oregon-based brewery, 10 Barrel Brewing, sponsors the Hella Big Air event–an epic high-flying (and high-paying) competition to see which rider or skier can send it to the absolute moon. If you’re lucky the sun will be out and, since it’s sponsored by a brewery, you know the beer will be flowing. Saturday April 6th : VertFest 2019 A week later the Central Oregon Avalanche Center, Outdoor Research, Black Diamond, and HydroFlask all come together to put on the country’s ultimate celebration of backcountry skiing and riding. The day includes riding, demos, clinics, food, and a party (obviously), to increase avalanche awareness & training and to get people excited about the back country. Friday April 12 – Sunday April 14th : Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge In mid-April it’s time to wax up the board. Though they might not be slashing waves on Oahu, in honor of surfer and Mount Bachelor legend, Gerry Lopez, you can watch snowboarders...
How to Slay Pow Like a Pro

How to Slay Pow Like a Pro

In case you haven’t been paying attention… NOAA, our overlord of weather data, just reported that this winter has been the wettest on record. Ever. People, do you understand? Colorado has avalanches dumping out on the Interstate, California is setting records and staying open until forever, and Wyoming and Montana are worried about radiation from the relentless nuking that’s been taking place on the daily. So with all this pow, how do you slay like a pro? Step 1: Find the Pow. Great. Easy. This year that means walking out the front door step. You don’t even have to break a sweat. If you don’t live close to snow, though, may buy a plane ticket or saddle up the station wagon, but make sure you buy your lift tickets online before you go unless you want to pay full price at the window (yikes). Otherwise you can put your face over a topless blender with ice in it and turn it on. It’s kind of like skiing. Step 2: Grab the Fatties Skis for the Pow Translation: grab the widest skis you can. Skiers and riders have different preferences here, but the word of the day is float — think like a rubber ducky, it’s what you want. The goal here is to, as best as possible, stay on top of the surface of the snow and float effortlessly down the hill. In order to float, though, you need real estate wide enough to keep you on top. So how do you do that? Glad you asked. Fatty Pow Skis — A Crash Course Like I said, this is...
Sun Valley Gets Sendy

Sun Valley Gets Sendy

Sending into the weekend like… Class V rapids? Nah, how about some good old fashioned deep pow. If this video doesn’t get you pumped about the weekend, then maybe you should consider trying it yourself. You might experience a strange feeling of contemplating launching off your roof on a sled, but before you do, perhaps locate yourself in Sun Valley, ID, where you will be met with a much softer landing. (In fact, the mountain has a pretty sizeable storm headed their way next week!). Ironically, Sun Valley is home to the world’s first chair lift. I’m no scientist, but I don’t believe a boat that size would fit on even Big Sky’s 8-person chairlift. Will someone please get some engineers on this idea? Stat!  ...