Copper Mountain, one of the world’s highest ski areas located in the Colorado Rockies, has announced they’ll install a new chairlift to access previously only cat-accessed expert high alpine terrain on Tucker Mountain next winter.
The Tucker Mountain lift will be a three-person fixed grip and will unlock access to 273 acres of expert terrain every day of the week. The lift will rise over 1,100 vertical feet, reaching 12,200 feet (3718 metres) in elevation making it one of the world’s highest.
It will allow more skiers and riders to enjoy steep chutes and gladed trails which was previously only accessible via snowcat service on weather-permitting weekend days.
The new lift will run from the bottom of the Blackjack chair to the top of The Taco chute and will be complemented with a ski patrol warming hut and new restroom facilities at the base of the Mountain Chief chair in Copper Bowl.
The 2019-20 season will also include Copper’s debut of Woodward Peace Park, which the resort describes as, “…a unique, ever-evolving terrain park which will be open for all guests to enjoy.”
In other upgrade announcements, the resort says they’ve commenced work on a new mid-mountain lodge to replace Solitude Station, although that won’t open until the 20-21 season. Once complete, the new lodge will feature a full-service casual restaurant, full-service bar and lounge, private dining area, cafeteria options and 180-degree views of the vast Colorado mountain landscape.