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Copper Mountain: U.S. Skiing Grand Prix ~ Dec 19-22, and Beyond

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I just returned from a first time brief weekend in Copper Mountain, Colorado. I am impressed with the ease of travel here from Denver, and the ease in finding the resort and my stay at Taylors Crossing. The underground parking at Taylors Crossing was a real treat, and made loading in and out convenient. Also it’s located in the middle of the action and the “mall” right out the front door of the lodge, again easy, and isn’t that what you want on a holiday, or-any-day, outing?

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Spectators of the winter sports can enjoy it as much as those athletes and would be athletes, from several balcony/patio venues – inside warm and cozy or out, soaking up the sunshine. Tubing down the hill or taking a short zip line might also be available on the days you are there.

And you might even see celebrities, such as we did when Tommy Hilfiger and his party was grabbing a quick bite at the table next to us in in the East Village. Upscale dining at the C.B.Grille is a must if you are longing for gourmet and elegant ski lodge food and beverages. Our wait person, Joey, was attentive and amenable, as were the drinks he served.

If you are coming from a normal sea level elevation, such as 2000 feet, and arrive at the 9,000 feet height of Copper Mountain, you may want to schedule a day to recuperate from a mild case of altitude sickness. If you never experienced it, it is a light headed and or dizzy feeling, and will be combated by taking plenty of water and easy activities upon arrival. Your first 24 hours should be scheduled for total relaxation,

With the purchase of the Snow Day Pass, Copper offers two guaranteed bonus days of skiing and riding on Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, and on Closing Day, April 20, 2014.The Snow Day Pass is available for a limited time only either online at www.coppercolorado.com/snowdaypass or in person at any Guest Services location.

Copper Mountain kicks off the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series, a U.S. Olympic team selection event, this week, Dec. 19 - 22. Both slopestyle and halfpipe disciples with be featured at Copper Mountain before making their world debut in February in Russia. Athletes will be throwing their biggest and best tricks in the last Colorado qualifier before Sochi. Top athletes from all over the world are expected to compete giving spectators a chance to watch and rub elbows with the sport's next big stars. New this season guests can watch the high-flying action of both Snowboarding and Freeskiing in Copper's Main Vein Superpipe under the lights on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 - 21. For more information please visit www.coppercolorado.com

Don't want to miss any of the action? Last Chance Lodging is still available, book your nights and save up to 33%.

Whether you take in the special events this season or plan for next, Copper Mountain, Colorado should be on your to do list, for a convenient and enjoyable mountain outing.

Visit CopperColorado.com for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and more.

(Terry Zinn is the past president of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association and has published his travel insights for over 25 years.)

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