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An unexpectedly deep powder day

Copper Mountain - day 27

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We drove up to Copper Mountain this morning, with not real high expectations for the day. They had reported 9 inches (22cm) of fresh snow in the last 24 hours, 6 inches of this had fallen during the day yesterday. It was, however, quite warm, meaning the snow would be quite wet. When we got up to Copper, it had been snowing heavily all morning. Another 5 or so inches (13cm) had fallen since the last report, meaning a total of 14 inches (35cm) had fallen in the last 24 hours!! It was going to be a powder day!! We started by doing a run down the alpine chair.
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The snow was so deep and the run was so steep. It was so much fun, but so tiring. Also, due to the warm weather, the wet snow was quite heavy, making it even harder. It would have been nice to stay on this run all day, but we would have only been able to do 3 or 4 runs in the day. We ended up doing two runs here, then heading over to the Super Bee lift.
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We found one section of the run, the treble cliff, had extremely nice snow. It seemed to be dryer than most of the other snow, making it much easier to ski through. The rest of the run was quite nice, but this part of the run was by far our favourite. We stayed on this run for the rest of the day. It continued to snow heavily throughout the day, meaning the depth continued to increase. Also, there weren't many people on the mountain, so there was more snow for us. We had another really enjoyable day. It is unbelievable how much fresh snow we have had on our trip so far. We have been so lucky! We then drove back to Fort Collins for the night. We got some chicken wings for dinner tonight. As it was Monday night, wings were only 50 cents each, and they were delicious! Tomorrow we would be heading up to the mountain again, however we have rented a place up there again, meaning less driving for a few days.

Posted by vansantjordan 19:15 Archived in USA Tagged mountains snow winter skiing colorado holiday usa coppermountain freshsnow whitechristmas

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