Copper Mountain Opens 1st Olympic-Sized Superpipe!

Fri 06 December 13

The cold early season temperatures and hard work by Copper Mountain operations crews, resort guests allowed the resort to open it’s 22 ft. Main Vein superpipe ahead of schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Copper Mountain Opens 1st Olympic-Sized Superpipe!

Copper Mountain Opens 1st Olympic-Sized Superpipe! © Austyn Williams

Copper’s Main Vein superpipe is one of few superpipes in the country open all season long. It is the same height – 22 ft. – as the superpipe that will be featured during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February 2014. Main Vein is 500 ft. long and 62 ft. wide, allowing for the maximum speed athletes need to boost an average of 15 ft. in the air while spinning off-axis. Later this season, Woodward at Copper will offer a smaller pipe, located on Lower Bouncer and sitting at 13 ft. high, perfect for progression to superpipe fame.

Scotty Lago Copper Mountain Pipe
Scotty Lago Copper Mountain Pipe
Austyn Williams

Top athletes and national teams from around the globe have anxiously awaited the unveiling of North America’s first superpipe of the 2013/2014 winter season. Copper’s Main Vein superpipe is the only Olympic-sized halfpipe venue available to athletes training for Sochi this early in the season in the country. Visiting guests can catch the high-flying action of these Olympic hopefuls from Jack’s deck located in the Center Village base area during daily private training, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dec. 6 – 11, 2013 and Dec. 23, 2013 – Jan. 30, 2014. The Main Vein superpipe is open to the public from 12:30 to 4 p.m. daily during this time frame.

Gretchen Bliler Copper Mountain Pipe
Gretchen Bliler Copper Mountain Pipe
Austyn Williams

In addition to the Main Vein superpipe, has also opened two additional terrain park, Lower Bouncer Rail Zone and Lower Central Park.

The resort also offers an indoor training venue at the Woodward at Copper Barn. For More information, visit WoodwardatCopper.com.

Copper’s 22 ft. Main Vein superpipe hosts the first halfpipe freeskiing competition of the season, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series (PPOS), Dec. 6 – 8, 2013. Athletes compete for the podium and both AFP and FIS NorAm Cup points. This year's stakes are especially high as the event also is the last chance qualifier for the U.S. Grand Prix series. In turn, the U.S. Grand Prix series is an Olympic selection event for U.S. athletes. This season’s Copper Mountain stop on the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix tour, Dec. 16 – 22, 2013, is the final Colorado Sochi selection event for freeskiers and snowboarders competing in both slopestyle and halfpipe. New this season, guests can watch both snowboarding and freeskiing competitions in Copper’s Main Vein superpipe under the lights on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 – 21, 2013. Lower Central Park will be closed in preparation for the U.S. Sprint Grand Prix and will re-open following the event. For more information please visit, CopperColorado.com

 

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Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “One of Colorado?s best resorts, with some great natural freestyle terrain. Excellent for beginners. Limited but very good local services.”

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