It's not as glitzy as next-door Squaw Valley. Nor does it have all the amenities of its more famous neighbor. And you won't find many ski-and-snowboard rock stars hanging out at the base here. But you won't find many posers, either.
It stretches over six peaks and covers 4,000 acres of terrain. It boasts 33 lifts, including a cable car and a Funitel. It features a high-alpine "village," replete with restaurants, bars, a bungee tower, a pool and an ice rink.
The tools are picked up, construction is finished and the new Copper Mountain Village is here. Chronically criticized as a resort with "limited dining and nightlife," Copper counterpunches with its new hub, which boasts 14 restaurants and 21 lodges.
Inspired by patriotism, SKI Magazine dares to dream of what the U.S. Ski Team could achieve in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. The heck with Ski Team chief Bill Marolt's bold 10-medal pledge. Here's how the U.S. could reel in 15 medals.