COPPER MOUNTAIN, COLORADO – It’s official: on Sunday, October 29, Copper Mountain opened for early season alpine ski race training. Despite the less-than-ideal snowmaking conditions, Mother Nature delivered the goods, and that, combined with a boost from the Copper Mountain Team, meant that athletes were carving up Copperopolis trail on Sunday.
Copper has been preparing its race venues on the upper mountain for the season since snowmaking began on Oct. 2. The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team is expected to arrive at Copper in November to train on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, the only full-length downhill training venue available in the world this time of year. Copper Mountain is the Official Training Center for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team and is the only resort in Colorado to hold this distinction, offering year-round training opportunities for alpine, snowboard, and freeski athletes.
Copper Mountain will officially open to the public for the 2023–24 winter season on November 13.
To learn more about the season ahead at the Athlete’s Mountain, visit Copper Mountain.
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