One of the more down-to-earth resorts in the incredible Rocky Mountain corridor that features towns with names like Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone and Frisco, Copper Mountain is a Colorado local's favourite tucked in amongst its glitzier neighbours.
It's Copper's impressive freestyle playground that has lured the FIS Snowboard World Cup tour to its slopes for the first time back in the 2012-13 season.
And with quite a few World Cup events staged already, Copper is back on track again in the 2016-17 season hosting not only the halfpipe World Cup opener but also this season's fourth big air event underlining that this unique competition format is well placed in cities as well as right on the mountain.
|2013||Jamie Anderson (USA)||Charles Guldemond (USA)||SS|
|2013||Torah Bright (AUS)||Nathan Johnstone (AUS)||HP|
|2013||Kelly Clark (USA)||Taylor Gold (USA)||HP|
|2013||Sarka Pancochova (CZE)||Staale Sandbech (NOR)||SS|
|2014||Kelly Clark (USA)||Taylor Gold (USA)||HP|
Located only 75 miles from Denver, Copper boasts a summit elevation of 3767m, a vertical drop of nearly 800m, and 22 lifts servicing 985 hectares of powder, pistes, terrain parks, and halfpipes.
Blessed with a cross course, four terrain parks and two halfpipes, Copper is more than equipped to play host to the best snowboard talent on the planet includind Copper's 22' Superpipe and Woodward Central park, both being among the earliest opening facilities in North America.
Jamie Anderson (USA) and Max Parrot (CAN) topped the big air field at today's Toyota U.S. Grand Prix which hosted this season's fourth World Cup stop. It was the first time in more than eight years that a big air World Cup took place on a slope and not on a scaffolding jump.
Chloe Kim (USA) and Patrick Burgener (SUI) have claimed victory in the 2016-17 season's first halfpipe World Cup event staged at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix tour stop in Copper Mountain, CO.
Austrian rider Anna Gasser has buried her dreams of a fourth consecutive big air World Cup win as a knee injury sustained during a training run in Colorado last week has forced her to pull out of the Copper Mountain competition.
Following the first stop of the U.S. Revolution Tour, a FIS level tour serving to bridge the gap between grassroots and elite-level competition whilst offering future Olympic hopefuls the chance to match against the elite, the world's best snowboarders have descended on Colorado for their fourth stop of the snowboard freestyle World Cup tour.
Big air World Cup leader Anna Gasser doesn't know if she can go for the fourth win in a row in Colorado as a knee injury suffered in a training run forces her to take it easy.
The FIS Council held its spring Meetings during the FIS Congress Week in Cancun (MEX) from 6th-11th June. One of the main topics was the confirmation of the official calendar: here is a quick overview of the 2016-17 FIS Snowboard World Cup season.