In my estimation, there is no better way to spend the first day of spring, then cruising down a snow packed run, while peering at endless sights of majestic mountains?
After a quick pit stop at Pioneer Sports in Frisco, CO to check out the latest gear and rental scene, we headed further west on the great I-70 towards my favorite snowboarding mountain…Copper Mountain. Copper offers a little something for everyone: awesome backcountry skiing, great tree runs, forgiving beginner trails, fun and creative parks, fantastic scenery and efficient lifts.
To get warmed up, my wife and I decided to take American Eagle lift up and ride the bountiful blue runs back to Center Village. Rhapsody to Main View was our warm up slope selection. After the warm up, we scurried over to American Flyer to see if we could find any hidden powder pockets.
At the top of Flyer, we decided to do a quick secondary warm-up run. We started down High Point, then through the cool natural terrain park, Jeep Adventure Trail, then cut off to Vein Glory. At the head of Vein Glory, we found a small terrain park with some smaller kickers and decided to have fun on those. After the kickers, we cut over to Scooter and followed it back to Center Village. Although we didn’t find much fresh snow, it was a fun run with lots of playful jumps, trees and small terrain features to play on. We decided to do that same run again until lunch time. Typically, we would head to the back bowls by this point in the morning, however, the wind was picking up and we heard from some locals that they hadn’t gotten snow in a week. We figured the bowl conditions would not be worth the investment of time it would take to get back there.
After a quick lunch and rehydration session, we hit Flyer again. The remainder to the day was spent weaving our way through various blues and greens and making the most of our partial sunny, minimally crowded day on the mountain. I’ll admit that the snow conditions were less than ideal on this day, but it didn’t deter us from having a blast! Of course it never hurts to have your best friend tearin’ up the mountain beside you!
So, in case you missed my point… here it is again in bold fashion: Grab your gear, grab your friends and head to the mountains regardless of the snow conditions! It is spring in the high country and that means that at any moment, a big dumping of snow can happen in conjunction with warmer weather and sunshine. As I write this blog, in fact, I feel tiredness in my arms from shoveling my driveway of the 12″ of snow received yesterday. Copper, in fact has had 22″ in the last week alone.
See you on the mountain!