Copper Mountain opened for its 30th winter season today, Friday, November 1, 2002. Nearly two feet of fresh powder fell on the slopes of the resort this past week, accelerating the resort’s scheduled opening by a day. On Friday from noon – 4 p.m. the general public will have access to the Main Vein Trail, located under the American Eagle Lift. On Saturday, November 2, the resort will throw the switch on the American Eagle and Excelerator lifts, offering skiers and riders access to three trails and over 2,300 vertical feet of intermediate cruising terrain on a 21-inch base. Opening day will also showcase a preview of the resort’s progressive new jib park, temporarily located adjacent to Solitude at the top of the American Eagle lift, featuring eight rails and two fun boxes. The resort will open additional terrain throughout the coming weeks as conditions permit – more snow is predicted throughout the coming weekend. Early season adult lift ticket prices are $31 through November 29, 2002.

For the second consecutive year, Copper was the first resort in North America to begin snowmaking operations. Since September 26th, snowmaking crews have been blanketing the mountain with the light man-made snow that has taken home Gold and Silver awards in SKI Magazine’s Reader Resort Survey. That, combined with the recent natural snow, will provide skiers and riders one of the best early season experiences at Copper to date.

While Copper’s official early season pass sale has ended, the resort is still selling season passes through this weekend at the resort and at the Colorado Ski Expo in Denver. Individual adult season passes (ages 19 and over) with no restrictions can be purchased for $254, teen passes (ages 14-18) for $224, and children’s passes (ages 6-13) for $134. Four Passes will also be available for one final weekend for $79 at the Ski Expo as well.

For more information on Copper Mountain and the resort’s opening day, call (800) 458-8386.