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Early-Season Storms

Last weekend called for up to a foot in the southern Rocky Mountains. With high hopes, we headed to Copper Mountain, which was expecting the brunt of the storm.

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We headed up to Copper Mountain to see what the most recent storm had produced. The parking lot had about 4-5

We headed up to Copper Mountain to see what the most recent storm had produced. The parking lot had about 4-5″ of fresh snow. Surprisingly, at 830am the parking lot was already filling up. Ww thought it wasn’t the best sign but, as it turned out the mountain was not that crowded. 

Not long after we arrived the storm broke, and the skies went blue bird. Looking across I-70 you can see the mountains are filling in. We will need…

Not long after we arrived the storm broke, and the skies went blue bird. Looking across I-70 you can see the mountains are filling in. We will need quite a bit of snow in the southern Rockies to stabilize the backcountry.  It seems as though things are off to a good start. 

The obligatory goggle shot. The American Eagle and the Excelerator lifts are open so you can now ski Copper top to bottom with a half dozen run…

The obligatory goggle shot. The American Eagle and the Excelerator lifts are open so you can now ski Copper top to bottom with a half dozen run choices. Not bad for mid-November. 

Although it was bluebird when we got there, the storm continued, intermittently, throughout the day.

Although it was bluebird when we got there, the storm continued, intermittently, throughout the day.

A view of the backcountry north of Copper. Things are starting to fill in. 

A view of the backcountry north of Copper. Things are starting to fill in. 

Copper reported 5

Copper reported 5″ the morning we got there. Although we weren’t skiing fresh powder, it did make for some soft, carvy groomers. 

 

Surprisingly enough, the telemark community was out in force. Andy Glossner, dropping the knee. 

Surprisingly enough, the telemark community was out in force. Andy Glossner, dropping the knee. 

Have you ever had a bloody mary with A1 in it? I highly recommend it. With delicious bloody marys and $1 cocktails the patio bar at Copper was  a…

Have you ever had a bloody mary with A1 in it? I highly recommend it. With delicious bloody marys and $1 cocktails the patio bar at Copper was  a slick end to the day.