Snow-makers at Copper Mountain said they were able to fire up their equipment for the first time this season early on October 4, as the so-called wet-bulb temperature dropped below that magic threshold that enables ski resorts to turn water into snow.
Copper is scheduled to celebrate its 2015/16 Opening Day in just 32 days on Friday, Nov. 6. For starters, the crews will focus on laying down a blanket of white for the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, as well as preparing pistes for recreational skiers. The resort is set to open Nov. 6, when guests can check out the official naming of this season's U.S. Ski Team.
Athletes expected to attend include Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO). This pep-rally allows fans a chance to cheer on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team and send their favorite athletes off in style into the 2015/16 winter season.
The same day features NASTAR pace-setting races, with Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, World Champion Daron Rahlves, two-time Olympian Kaylin Richardson and more. In May 2015, the U.S. Ski Team and NASTAR announced the Team would take on operational management of the popular racing program.