Copper Mountain, Winter Park Colorado Skiing Update, StarDate 01:18:2013

[Click on photos to enlarge if you like, then use your browser’s Back function to return to the post.  All photos taken with an iPhone5.]

Winter is in full swing.  Who needs snow?!

As you can see there IS snow.  Christmas storms were moderately generous.  ‘More’ ski runs are open and skiing is ‘better’ though still fairly hard-packed.  Open runs without snowmaking are marginal with grass, seedlings, and rocks here and there.

That is Jacque Peak in the background (below).  The top of Storm King lift is about as high as you can get at this time.

Copper Mt. 9 Jan. Top of Storm King lift.

Copper Mt. 9 Jan. Top of Storm King lift.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift.

16 Jan.  We had a massive snow dump of 3.5″ at Copper the previous weekend.  (!?!?)   ‘More’ ski runs are open and skiing is ‘better’.  Open runs without snowmaking are mostly covered.  Caution is always wise.  THINK/LOVE/PRAY SNOWWW!!!

All pictures in this group, as noted, were taken near the top of the Super Bee and Excelerator chairlifts.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift.  Looking north.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift. Looking north.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift.  Looking north.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift. Looking north.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift.  Looking north.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift. Looking north.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift.  Looking east at Ten Mile Range.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift. Looking east at Ten Mile Range.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift.  Looking east at Ten Mile Range.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift. Looking east at Ten Mile Range.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift.  Looking east at Ten Mile Range.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift. Looking east at Ten Mile Range.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift.  Looking east at Ten Mile Range.

Copper Mt. 16 Jan. Top of Super Bee lift. Looking east at Ten Mile Range.

Winter Park 17 Jan.  Looking up at Sunspot Restaurant on top of the hill.

Winter Park 17 Jan. Looking up at Sunspot Restaurant on top of the hill from the top of Prospector and Looking Glass lifts.

My first trip to Winter Park this season was 17 Jan.  It received 6.5″ of snow when Copper received 3.5″.  A lot of runs and terrain are open.  There are a lot of bump runs to ski if you are so inclined.  There are a lot of ROCKS to ski around on those bump runs.  It is do-able.  Don’t wreck your skis.

Winter Park 17 Jan.  Top of Panoramic Express lift.  Looking SE.

Winter Park 17 Jan. Top of Panoramic Express lift. Looking SE.  My ski bud notes that the pink ribbons are not blowing due to lack of wind, highly unusual here at 12,060′.

Winter Park 17 Jan.  Top of Panoramic Express lift.  Looking SE.

Winter Park 17 Jan. Top of Panoramic Express lift. Looking SE.

Winter Park 17 Jan.  Top of Panoramic Express lift.  Looking SE.

Winter Park 17 Jan. Top of Panoramic Express lift. Looking SE.

THINK MORE SNOW!

[Click the skiing tag or category on the right to see my other posts on the subject.]

UPDATE, same afternoon:  Good day at Copper Mountain today.  The snow is holding up well.  The following pictures are from my coffee break at Solitude Station at the top of the American Eagle chairlift:

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About JohnRH

Retired, avid winter skier, avid reader, traveler (avidly). :)
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3 Responses to Copper Mountain, Winter Park Colorado Skiing Update, StarDate 01:18:2013

  1. Looks great!

    I’ve only been to Denver once, and that was during the summer. Must try to get out there again when there’s the chance of skiing!

  2. Beautiful pix, John. I grew up in the mountains of Colorado, living in Grand Lake and going to Jr & Sr High School in Granby. In the late 70s, Grand County School District had a deal with Winter Park ski area for ALL the students to ski every Wednesday. It was great! From December thru March, the school buses picked us up and instead of going to school they went to winter park and dropped us off to ski for 6 hours. Earlier, in the late 60s / early 70s, living in Denver, I learned to ski at Loveland Basin since my uncle was an assistant manager there (comp tickets every weekend!).

    Now I live east of Parker CO, but I haven’t skiied in about 20 years. So looking at your pix brings back memories of simultaneous frostbite and sunburn.

    It’s funny to see that 247southernvoice visits here. David and I are big fans of each others’ blogs. Small world of articulate & rational conservative bloggers, huh? I have now followed yours and look forward to reading it.

    – Jeff

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