After discussing how Copper Mountain has been able to become a leader in the ski racing community, it is now time to talk about Copper’s role in the freestyle world. Many of the same features that make Copper great to racers applies to freestylers as well such as the incredible early season man made snow that annually permits the first super pipe in North America. This alone attracts numerous pros like Tanner Hall and TJ Schiller. To me their leverage in acquiring the title of ski epicenter also lies in the numerous events they have hosted throughout the years. They have held the US Freeskiing Open, OLN’s Gravity Games, the opening stop of the Grand Prix, and USASA Nationals which draws over 1,200 competitors and their families.

In more recent news, Woodward at Copper has been a hit. The Barn, complete with a foam pit, trampolines, and a skate bowl is where Woodward’s indoor progression sessions take place. Just a short walk away from the main base, their program has attracted a stream of visiting pros including Colby West, Bobby Brown, Steve Fisher, Louie Vito, Gretchen Bleiler, even Shaun White. The talent out on the slopes of Copper Mountain should quickly become apparent to locals and visitors alike as it stretches from ripping youngsters to Olympic athletes. Copper is lucky to be in such a wonderful location and have the unique ability to watch snow sports advance right before their eyes.

 

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