Copper Mountain Resort, CO Capital Improvements: New High Speed Quad Chairlift and Alpine Coaster

Robin Azer | | Industry NewsIndustry News

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Copper Mountain, CO announces capital improvements. Photo: Copper

Copper Mountain  recently announced plans to implement several multi-million dollar improvements to the resort. Included are a new Kokomo Express high-speed quad, gated lift pass technology and the installation of the longest alpine coaster in North America. Once the ski season winds down, construction will begin in earnest to ensure these enhancements are completed quickly.

“It’s going to keep everyone hopping. This summer will be one of our busiest capital project summers on record.”

Gary Rodgers, Copper Mountain President

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains just 75 miles west of Denver, this high elevation/60% north-facing terrain resort “punches above its weight class.” The planned improvements will only add to its allure. Specifically, the capital improvements Copper Mountain is adding include:

  • New Kokomo Express high-speed quad
  • Gated access lift pass technology (quick access to mountain)
  • Rocky Mountain Coaster
  • Woodward Copper WreckTangle obstacle course

Let’s break it down:

New Kokomo Express High Speed Quad Chairlift

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The Kokomo Express high-speed quad will extend further down into the West Village. Photo: Copper Man

Plans call for the new and improved Kokomo Express to expand down the mountain an additional 215 ft from the existing footprint, creating easier access from Copper’s West Village area. This lift predominately serves beginner accessed terrain. The new ride time will be shortened to a mere 4 minutes.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster

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Rendering of the Rocky Mountain Coaster. Photo: Copper Mtn

Expected to debut in September of 2017, the Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain will become the longest alpine coaster in all of North America. At 5,800ft with a vertical drop of 430 ft and an average grade of 10.9%, this coaster will no doubt be a thrill ride. The plans call for it to be operational year round. Adding to its existing line-up, an additional downhill  mountain biking trail is also on the to-do list.

Woodward Copper WreckTangle

WreckTangle rendering – Photo: Copper Mtn
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WreckTangle rendering Photo: Copper Mtn

This new “ninja” course will open this summer with plans to be running June through September. Located in Copper’s Central Village, this unique obstacle course will be complete with foam pits and cargo nets. This course joins the already action-packed options available including zip-lining, a summer Big Island Terrain Park, and a Go-Kart Track.

“The future is extremely bright for Copper. These strategic capital improvements will enhance our product offerings and truly elevate the year-round guest experience at Copper.”

Gary Rodgers, President and General Manager of Copper Mountain Resort

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