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Colorado's Biggest Secret: Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain Resort
Copper Mountain Resort
Colorado's Copper Mountain Resort is poised to win the hearts of a new generation of skiers by giving them what they really want: a kick-ass mountain.

It's a clear, blue day in early March. A few thready clouds stretch out thin on the horizon. We’ve hiked a quarter mile from where the snowcat dropped us and are catching our breath at the top of Tucker Mountain. The patrol “dumpster” is the only structure—an ugly rectangular box marring an otherwise lovely view of the pyramid peaks of the Ten Mile and Mosquito ranges. The steeps of Copper Bowl, Fremont Glades, and the gastronomically named Taco and Nacho splay out below—50-plus-degree pitches packed with cold, chalky snow.

Q&A with Klaus Obermeyer

Klaus Obermeyer | Photo: Sarah Perkins Photography / Aspen International Fashion
Klaus Obermeyer | Photo: Sarah Perkins Photography / Aspen International Fashion Week
The Obermeyer founder, and ski history (and yodeling) legend, talks ski pants, Gary Cooper, and the secret to life.

We caught up with Klaus Obermeyer, the ski maverick who founded Sport Obermeyer, at Aspen International Fashion Week. Between infectious chuckles, he shared his legendary tales—from whence the first down parka came.

San Juan Sojourn

Where to ski: Colorado, Highway 550 | Photo: Liam Doran
Where to ski: Colorado, Highway 550 | Photo: Liam Doran
Where to ski, find ghost bears, and relish funky mountain culture along Colorado’s U.S. Highway 550.

“Do you speak English?”

It’s not every day you get asked such a question in your home country. This Forest Service ranger is clearly flummoxed by the camera-toting tourist shooting frozen roadside waterfalls: me.

“Uh, ya,” I manage, though still thoroughly absorbed by the row of 30-foot icicles dangling over the road. Apparently, I hadn’t responded fast enough to his stern warnings of avalanche danger.

“Well, you should probably get moving,” he warns and speeds off, burying me in diesel fumes from his four-wheel-drive truck.

5 New On-Mountain Eateries

Garbo's Grill, Whistler Blackcomb
Garbo's Grill, Whistler Blackcomb (courtesy Logan Swayze)
Take an afternoon break this season at these new on-mountain hot spots.

• Garbo’s Grill is a new joint inside the Carleton Lodge, at base of Whistler Mountain, focusing on burgers with 20 topping choices, including sauces, cheeses, and veggies.

• Canyons Resort unveils the new, improved Cloud Dine at the top of the Dreamcatcher and Dreamscape quads. The 300-seat venue boasts a menu of made-to-order salads, sandwiches, and flatbread pizzas plus delicious pastries and coffee drinks.

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