Copper Mountain announced today that its New Year’s Eve celebration begins tonight with the USASA Rocky Mountain Series Rail Jam. USASA snowboarders and skiers will be battling to qualify for this year’s USASA X Games rail jam.
A torchlight parade down Main Vein will follow the rail jam and finish off with fireworks over West Lake at 7 p.m. Encore fireworks will shoot off at the base of the American Eagle Lift at 10 p.m. to ring in the New Year.
January marks National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Copper Mountain’s Ski and Ride School is offering 50 percent off your second day when a two-day adult lesson is purchased. You can also take your skills to the next level by exploring your inner park rat with the Ski and Ride School and Woodward at Copper. Spend the morning on the hill and the afternoon in the Woodward at Copper Barn. Package and reservation information can be found at www.woodwardatcopper.com.
The Easy Rider carpet in Center Village provides beginners free access to the slopes while learning. Once guests are ready to test their skills, a lift ticket for the Pitchfork beginner chairlift is available for $15. Both tickets to Easy Rider and Pitchfork are available all season long at any Copper Mountain ticket window. You can also reserve your equipment online in advance and save 20 percent.
WinterBike and U.S. Grand Prix
Copper will host the 2nd Annual WinterBike on Saturday, Jan. 19, starting at 6 p.m. in Center Village. This race takes bikers on a course around the resort followed by a grand finish line celebration complete with fireworks. In 2012, WinterBike was the winner of NSAA's Most Unique Event (non ski/snowboard) and this year unveils a new and challenging course for racers.
Registration is now open online or day of registration is available inside Jack’s Slopeside Grill in Center Village from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per rider and all proceeds from the race goes towards Cloud City Wheelers advocacy efforts.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix makes its first stop at Copper Mountain Jan. 7-12 with both skiing and snowboarding halfpipe and slopestyle events. The Grand Prix Series has been elevated to World Cup status and will bring competitors from all over the world to battle for qualification points for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.