If you are heading up to Copper Mountain, CO on a power day, here is where you want to head on the mountain even if all the other places are tracked out.
Here are the Top 5 Copper Mountain Powder Stashes
1. Freefall Glade and Black Bear Glade:
Located just below the start of Rosie’s Run on just East of the Super Bee Lift, this marked “trail” is often overlooked by many riders. Unless you are an avid powder seeker and one who must hit every run on a mountain, many people simply miss the entrance to this nice powder stash on Copper Mountain.
I missed this glade myself until one day I was looking up at the mountain from across the highway (I-70) and noticed a clearing in the trees and thought that it would be good riding.
The pitch is steep, lots of trees, but just open enough and the terrain is optimal for catching powder drifts after a few good snowfalls.
2. Resolution (“Reso’”) Bowl to Slot Car Track:
After taking up the Super Bee lift, duck under the rope on the west and head toward Highway 70 keeping left, as opposed to heading down the steep Reso bowl. Keep in the Trees for some good powder and continue North (towards I-70) and there is a drop off great for catching some air, followed by a great little tree run. You will dump out to the Slot Car Track and end up back on “Oh-No” where you can then head down to the Alpine Lift or continue West to the Black Runs that end up at the Super Bee.
3. Southern Part of Spaulding Bowl to Spaulding Glades:
For this powder stash at Copper Mountain, you will need to take the “Storm King” T-Bar surface lift. After riding off the lift, keep heading south as far as you can. Many powder ski and board riders will drop in along the “Boardwalk” and head down the bowl there, but if you can hike over a little bit you will get fresh tracks most of the day.
Take big, sweeping powder turns and then head into the Spaulding Glades for some bouncing, powder turns through the trees. The glades are thick enough to create a bunch of tracks, without riding over each others’ lines all day. You end up down on the Reso’ lift, so it makes it difficult to lap this run.
4. Union Meadows
This has great powder day in and day out simply because most day skiers are lazy, as they do not want to spend time hiking and going too far off what appears to be good powder runs. However, once most runs are tracked out, you usually need to stray a little bit.
After taking up the Sierra lift, keep heading South (the direction the lift would continue) and go as far as you can. The further you go, the more powder there will be. You get some nice gently sloping terrain on the bowl, and then head into the trees for some great terrain and powder.
You will shoot out onto the “Soliloquy” run and end up at the base of the Timberline Express lift.
5. Tucker Mountain (Snow Cat or Hiking)
If Tucker Mountain is open for skiing, it’s Powder to those who seek it! This was the first all-powder run I took my brand new Icelantic Nomad skis on. The back side, North Facing slope is only open mid to late season due to snowfall, but if you can catch the Cat lift, it is a must-ski! Others choose to Randonee or simply hike if the cat line gets too long. Any of the runs will do, but usually, skiiers have no patience, so most end up on the “Taco” or the “Nacho.”
If have the lung capacity (after all, it’s at 13,400 ft!), you can hike over to the “One” where you will get the absolute best skiing Copper Mountain has to offer.
Nate Rio – Contributor for IcelanticSkis.net