Newbie Question re Copper

Newbie Question re Copper

Post by Frederi » Sat, 02 Nov 1996 04:00:00


I've heard that Copper Mtn is a good place for the novice skier because of
a large and separate beginners area. I am tentatively planning a trip
there Nov 28-Dec 3 range. Is it likely that these beginners slopes, no
doubt lower down on the mountain, will have sufficient snow this early?  I
know this maybe be difficult to predict, but if someone in the area now
could give me an educated guess, I would appreciate your effort.  Thanks.
(a lodging rec would also be appreciated).

 
 
 

Newbie Question re Copper

Post by Michael L. Whal » Sat, 02 Nov 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I've heard that Copper Mtn is a good place for the novice skier because of
>a large and separate beginners area. I am tentatively planning a trip
>there Nov 28-Dec 3 range. Is it likely that these beginners slopes, no
>doubt lower down on the mountain, will have sufficient snow this early?  I
>know this maybe be difficult to predict, but if someone in the area now
>could give me an educated guess, I would appreciate your effort.  Thanks.
>(a lodging rec would also be appreciated).

You heard right about Copper being a good place for the novice skier.
It's also good for intermediate and advanced.

About the snow,  I'm afraid the snow at that time of the year is
basically unpredictable.  Guessing, I would say it's going to be fine
if the weather continues the way it has the last couple of weeks, but
you never know.  I've skied Copper in late November over the last 6
years.  Some times it's rocky and sometimes it's deep powder.  You
never know.  Keep your eye on Copper's WEB page for up todate info.

Happy skiing!

 
 
 

Newbie Question re Copper

Post by David Mill » Sat, 02 Nov 1996 04:00:00

Actually the terrain at Copper change from expert to intermediate to
beginner as you move west across the mountain.  If you don't want the
hassles of renting a car, stay at Copper but, if you want a car you might
stay in Dillon. is less expensive, and you could ski a day at Breckenridge
or, go night skiing at Keystone.  As for snow ....... Pray and keep you
eye on the weather.  Many times the beginner slopes have the best
snowmaking.


Quote:

>I've heard that Copper Mtn is a good place for the novice skier because of
>a large and separate beginners area. I am tentatively planning a trip
>there Nov 28-Dec 3 range. Is it likely that these beginners slopes, no
>doubt lower down on the mountain, will have sufficient snow this early?  I
>know this maybe be difficult to predict, but if someone in the area now
>could give me an educated guess, I would appreciate your effort.  Thanks.
>(a lodging rec would also be appreciated).

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Newbie Question re Copper

Post by Carl and Ann » Mon, 04 Nov 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Actually the terrain at Copper change from expert to intermediate to
> beginner as you move west across the mountain.  If you don't want the
> hassles of renting a car, stay at Copper but, if you want a car you might
> stay in Dillon. is less expensive, and you could ski a day at Breckenridge
> or, go night skiing at Keystone.  As for snow ....... Pray and keep you
> eye on the weather.  Many times the beginner slopes have the best
> snowmaking.



> >I've heard that Copper Mtn is a good place for the novice skier because of
> >a large and separate beginners area. I am tentatively planning a trip
> >there Nov 28-Dec 3 range. Is it likely that these beginners slopes, no
> >doubt lower down on the mountain, will have sufficient snow this early?  I
> >know this maybe be difficult to predict, but if someone in the area now
> >could give me an educated guess, I would appreciate your effort.  Thanks.
> >(a lodging rec would also be appreciated).

> --
>                                                          David Miller

>                                    The Rocky Mountain Vacations Guide

>                                    http://SportToday.org/

> An unofficial no-frills guide, created in the tradition of the Guide Book "Europe on
> Fif*** Dollars a Day," to Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, and the best vacation spots in the Rocky Mountains

Also rent a car if you're looking for some diverse nightlife and
restaurants.  Copper's base area is a little lean in that regard, while
Breck has some great spots.

Carl(r)

 
 
 

Newbie Question re Copper

Post by Michael & B.Ann » Tue, 05 Nov 1996 04:00:00

there is certainly sufficient beginner's trails at copper .. best on
western side of mountain ..

nonetheless, I think keystone has the premier beginners run in the
state (maybe) anywhere in "schoolmarm" which goes from the top and
runs forever.  

finally, once you are in summit co. there are free busses between
areas and you do not have to stick to one only ... just stay off
a-basin has very limited beginners trails and lots steeps.

best wishes for your pending vacation

Quote:

> I've heard that Copper Mtn is a good place for the novice skier because of
> a large and separate beginners area. I am tentatively planning a trip
> there Nov 28-Dec 3 range. Is it likely that these beginners slopes, no
> doubt lower down on the mountain, will have sufficient snow this early?  I
> know this maybe be difficult to predict, but if someone in the area now
> could give me an educated guess, I would appreciate your effort.  Thanks.
> (a lodging rec would also be appreciated).

 
 
 

Newbie Question re Copper

Post by Scott McIntyr » Wed, 06 Nov 1996 04:00:00

Speaking of sparse night-life, that would be Dillon (although they do
have the area's only bowling alley and movie theater, if that's your
groove). Don't rent a car. Stay in Frisco, which is centrally located,
has plenty of night-life and is the hub for the FREE bus system (which
can save you a DUI if night-life is a big part of your vacation plans).

Scott

 
 
 

Newbie Question re Copper

Post by Richard » Wed, 06 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>there is certainly sufficient beginner's trails at copper .. best on
>western side of mountain ..

Copper is also a great confidence-builder with lots of easy rolling
blues.  They get my vote as the best place for beginners in Summit Co.
Take them to Keystone after they learn a little (especially how to
avoid other skiers).

Quote:
>nonetheless, I think keystone has the premier beginners run in the
>state (maybe) anywhere in "schoolmarm" which goes from the top and
>runs forever.  

"Premier" is not the word I'd use.  It's probably the longest,
however.  Several years ago we took two never-evers to Keystone.  We
dropped them off in the morning for a lesson and then skied with them
after lunch.  It took a _long_ time to get them to the bottom.  On the
way down I saw four people being carted off the mountain on sleds on
this run.  I've never seen so many out-of-control people on one run at
one time.  I was constantly looking over my shoulder.  Schoolmarm is
just steep enough for the tourons to get up enough speed to do some
real damage.  And to top it off, our beginners were never taught how to
get on/off a lift in their 4-hour lesson.  Made for an interesting
scene the next day when we went to Copper.  :)  Don't forget to try the
night skiing at Keystone if you have the energy.  Just avoid the lower
runs until after 5:00 or so to give the idiots time to clear off the
slopes.  Stay up top and drink some hot chocolate, etc. and warm up.
The groomers finish up on Frenchman around 5:45 if memory serves and
it was virtually deserted the last time we were there.  Schoolmarm
was still a zoo at night only not as crowded.

Quote:
>finally, once you are in summit co. there are free busses between
>areas and you do not have to stick to one only ... just stay off
>a-basin has very limited beginners trails and lots steeps.

A-Basin will still be mostly rocks that early in the season anyway.

Quote:

>> I've heard that Copper Mtn is a good place for the novice skier because of
>> a large and separate beginners area. I am tentatively planning a trip
>> there Nov 28-Dec 3 range. Is it likely that these beginners slopes, no
>> doubt lower down on the mountain, will have sufficient snow this early?  I
>> know this maybe be difficult to predict, but if someone in the area now
>> could give me an educated guess, I would appreciate your effort.  Thanks.
>> (a lodging rec would also be appreciated).

Don't rule out Breckenridge.  It has a high-speed quad that serves
only boring greens (and a token blue or two) that are great for
beginners.  These runs probably have sufficient snowmaking so they
should be in decent shape.

Richard M.
Only 81 days until I go skiing at Telluride!!!