A Powder Day at Copper Mountain

When winter rolls around, there’s one place you’re likely to find me: on the ski hill, yelling “BRING ON THE SNOWS!” But for awhile this season, the snows just weren’t happening. Fortunately, the weather gods finally got it together and spent the past few weeks dropping inches upon feet of the fluffy stuff. Naturally, the entire state of Colorado came out to play, and I was no different. I rounded up some friends {along with my sister, who was in town from Hawaii!} and headed to one my fave ski hills: Copper Mountain.

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All photos by Will Rochfort of Caveman Collective

Add it up with me here: Powder day. Copper’s back bowls. Little sis in town. And did I mention some sweet new gear from Cotswold Outdoor? Do you see where this is headed?!

Best day ever!

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Featuring: The Salomon Contest Jacket

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We headed to Center Village early and immediately caught the Storm King t-bar lift into the back bowls {witnessing one of the funniest t-bar scenes I’ve ever seen in my life! Our friend fell in the first 15 feet only to hang on for the entire four-minute ride. She was dragged up the entire mountain!} Storm King is part of Copper’s 12’s, a high alpine riding project where all of the skiing is above 12,000 feet. Of course, we weren’t quite high enough yet–it was time to hike!

We kicked out of our skis and began hiking the Boardwalk, a 10-minute hike that landed us on top of Copper Peak, 12,441 feet. Trust me; it was worth the sweat equity. Not only were the views epic but the skiing was insane!

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The wind at that altitude is pretty gnarly, and I was thankful for my new gear {in particular, the Randonee Mittens! I have minimal circulation in my hands and those suckers are warm!} The upside was that no one else was willing to make the trek, so we had our side of the bowl to ourselves.

We eventually ventured over to the other side and explored the bowl and tree area known as Upper Enchanted Forest. The snow on skier’s right of the mountain was thick and untouched, so we were laughing through face shots all morning.

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Of course, one of us had to try and get fancy {ahem, Stew! I’m looking at you!} and show off his moves, but the deep powder wasn’t having any of it. Hands down, it was the best yard sale I’ve seen in awhile and my sister and I laughed until our stomachs hurt.

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Want to see it for yourself? Check out the video that the Caveman Collective guys put together for me. I dare you not to laugh!

Can’t see the video? Click here.

In the end, it was one of the best ski days I’ve experienced in awhile. I had new gear and Copper’s snow was off the hook, but more important was the time I got to spend with my friends. Like I said in the video, the cliche expression is that there are no friends on a powder day. But to me, a powder day is the best time to have friends. That way, you get to laugh, explore and share in the fun together. Pretty sure that is what a ski day is all about!

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I’ve partnered up with Cotswold Outdoor for a three-part series, beginning with this post. Perhaps you’ve noticed the highlighter-colored gear I’m wearing?! That’s thanks to Cotswold! They are providing me with gear to go have some outdoor fun, as well as compensation for writing about my adventures. Cotswold is the largest outdoor retailer in the UK, but they’ve just touched ground here in the United States. They carry exclusive gear that other US outdoor retailers don’t typically carry, so there is a good chance you’ll find something awesome and unique. Next month we’ll be featuring some trail running with Tally!

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27 Comments

  • Reply RFC at

    I love the term “yardsale” haha! So guilty of it on the trails! I admittedly never enjoyed skiing, but this post and your video *ALMOST* makes me want to try again 🙂

    • Reply heather at

      For me, it’s a toss-up between “yard sale” and “ragdoll.” Both those ski terms are absolutely PERFECT to describe what they are!

      • Reply The Mudsnark at

        Wait! Technically its not Yard Sale- cuz he didn’t drop any equipment. But yes, ragdoll, Colorado starfish- Yup!

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine at

    How fun! I’ve never been skiing or snowboarding…but I HATE the cold! Haha! I would not last long!

    • Reply heather at

      You know, it’s really about the gear. Yes, it’s cold but if you have good gear, you won’t even feel it!

  • Reply Penélope at

    Wow! Love the video! So inspiring 🙂

    • Reply heather at

      Thanks Penelope!

  • Reply Kovas - Midwest Multisport Life at

    I’ll have to check out the Randonee Mittens for my wife – her hands get cold easily.

    • Reply heather at

      I’m a naturally cold person– Will says I siphon all of his lifesource out of him because I’m always trying to use him for body heat 🙂 That said, these mittens looked kinda flimsy so I was a bit considered, but in the end, they are the warmest mittens I’ve tried to date. Huge fan!

  • Reply Alisa @ Go Dairy Free at

    You are obviously a better skier than me, but wow am I jealous of that powder! Tahoe is dry as a bone this year 🙁 Love the gear, the sunny yellow is awesome!!

    • Reply heather at

      I’ve heard you guys have had it rough out that way 🙁 Bring on the snows!

  • Reply Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness at

    These photos are gorgeous, and you look like you had a blast! I am a TERRIBLE skiier, but these are totally making me want to try again!! 🙂

    • Reply heather at

      Skiing is definitely a sport that takes practice and patience– it’s not natural! My mom put me in lessons when I was five and I still have tons of issues with technique and form; I just love it anyway 🙂

  • Reply Christine @ Love, Life, Surf at

    Heather! This is so fun. What a great video and nothing beats a powder day! And I love love your ski jacket and pants. I was just looking for new ones…

    • Reply heather at

      Definitely check ’em out! The pants aren’t lined but they sure are snazzy!

  • Reply Alyssa Rimmer at

    Oh my gosh this post is totally inspiring me to fly out to CO and ski my tail off. I love all the photos and the video is awesome. And those pants? LOVE!

    • Reply heather at

      You can see me ANYWHERE on the mountain in those suckers! 😉

  • Reply CARLA at

    WHOA.
    stunnnnnnning pictures and even more stunning video.
    <3

    • Reply heather at

      Thanks Carla! The Caveman guys definitely outdid themselves!

  • Reply Hayley@HealthyRegards at

    Ah these pictures are amazing!

    • Reply heather at

      Thanks chica!

  • Reply Patty @ Reach Your Peak at

    those are some great pics! After seeing everyone’s ski pictures this winter, I kind of want to try it next winter. Idk though…I’m scared of falling and breaking a bone! The thought of jumping off the lift terrifies me lol

    • Reply heather at

      You should give it a shot! Wear a helmet and start out nice and slow on the beginner slopes. I would definitely recommend a lesson at first too; they’ll make sure you know how to stop and slow down which is paramount to not falling and breaking a bone 🙂

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