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Copper Mountain ski resort

Tourist Office

Copper Mountain Resort
P.O. Box 3001, Copper Mountain, CO
Copper Mountain
Colorado
USA
80443

Telephone: (970) 9682882
Website: www.coppercolorado.com

Description

One of the world’s highest (and best) ski resorts (with North America’s highest golf course in the summer) offers skiing for all standards from a year-round purpose-built and largely car-free resort complex.

Review

It is a little difficult to give a useful review of Copper right now, as the place is in a state of flux. Massive investment by the resort’s owners over the next few years will see the place completely transformed, with the base becoming unrecognisable and many on-mountain changes too. Some facts will stay the same. Copper will continue to be one of Colorado’s leading resorts and one of the closest and most convenient to access from Denver.

Its base and lifts, however transformed, will continue to serve a large and varied terrain with one of the state’s highest bases and stretching up to one of the world’s top 10 highest ski area lifts. The mountains themselves won’t change either of course – they’re rather more Alpine to look at – that is triangular, sharp and pointy – than those of many other famous Colorado resorts.

The owners insist that Copper’s ‘attitude’ won’t change either – that is a slightly less ‘stiff’ and ‘smug’ approach than a few other big ski areas with mountains not so many miles away. This could be a key reason why Copper is one of the most popular resorts in Colorado for the state’s own indigenous population to visit, taking almost 20% of the local market. Innovative low priced season ticket schemes and the ease of access from Denver also play a big part. For the 98-99 season the resort relaxed staff dress codes to allow a little individuality where it didn’t interfere in any way with service standards – those a little alarmed or uncomfortable by the ‘control freak’ nature of some resorts were pleasantly surprised by this revolutionary idea!

Intrawest, who acquired Copper in 1997 after much of the surrounding Summit County had been snapped up by fellow giants Vail Resorts, are currently spending $400 million on the redevelopment of Copper up to 2002. Work is then scheduled to continue up to ‘build out’ in 2005. Much of the money is going on a complete overhaul of the resort base so that it benefits from Intrawest’s award winning designs that have already proved so successful at Tremblant, Blackcomb and other resorts owned by the company.

Social spaces, festival plazas, enhanced view corridors, bold architecture and continual activity will define the new village of Copper Mountain. Money will also go into an improved lift system (already seen with the opening of Colorado’s first six-seater chair, the Super Bee, in 1999), significantly upgraded places to meet and eat on the slopes and even improved snow conditions.

In the village itself, Copper’s new buildings will see varied roof heights, with building sizes to maximize appeal and sunshine in social spaces. Landscaping will be designed to harmonise with surrounding elements, and to provide a wide range of retail, dining and lodging options along with an unprecedented amount of day and night life.

Copper’s new-look base will include several neighborhoods including the East Village, The Village at Copper, and the Preserve. Each will have its own distinct personality and all will be interconnected by unique landscaping, walkways and heavily timbered buildings framed by incredible mountain and valley vistas. The redesign will change the current resort to provide much more of a feeling of community, a sense of place and belonging, and a surprise at every turn.

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Copper Mountain, Colorado, Summit County, Copper, Central Rocky Mountains, Rockies, USA, Intrawest

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Les Arcs ski resort

Tourist Office

Office de Tourisme
105, Place de la Gare
Bourg St Maurice
Savoie
France
F 73700

Telephone: (479) 71257
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.lesarcs.com

Description

There are four ‘Arcs’, at 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000 metres. Les Arcs pioneered the Ski Evolutif tuition method, slope-side accommodation, speed skiing and ‘nouveau’ winter sports.

Review

One of the most fashionable of the French purpose-built resort complexes that were originated in the late ’60s. Les Arcs has its own unique design of curving apartment block complexes which seem to hug the mountainside and, timber clad, seem more in keeping with their natural environment than most. The Arcs are car free, with covered walkways between buildings and doorstep skiing throughout.

The resort has a reputation for being at the cutting edge of snow sports and is famous for pioneered the Ski Evolutif tuition method of tuition for beginners who learn parallel skiing. It was also a mecca for mono-ski in the early ’80s and of course ‘boarding as well as other ‘sports nouveau’. There is a famous flying kilometre speed skiing course where world records have been set.

There are four ‘Arcs’, at 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000 metres each with its own reputation. At different times the Arcs have had various names but at present 1600, 1800 and 2000 are known simply by their numbers. 1600 is known as the ‘family’ resort with 1800 the main centre with most of the facilities and night life. Arc 2000 was originally the sporting mecca with little there besides first rate sports facilities for those who needed a fully equipped gym to work out in after a full day on the slopes. All have grown to become more multi-function however.

Arc 1950 – Le Village is the newest development, and a pioneering model for europe brought over by North American developer Intrawest. The concept is for a high quality, purpose designed resort with all facilities available on your doorstep., Very like the traditional French purpose built resort the other Arcs are examples of but with greater attention to architecture, 21st century comforts and quality of service and product.

The resort has one of the world’s largest ski areas, linked to the villages of Villaroger, Vallandry and Plan Peisey, there is also a funicular railway down to Bourg Saint Maurice from where you can easily reach La Rosière on the other side of the valley with its lift link over to La Thuile in Italy. In 2003 the resort was lift linked by the spectacular Vanoise Express double decker cable car to another neighbour, La Plagne, to create the Paradiski area of 425km of trails.

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Bourg-St-Maurice, Arcs 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 2000, Arc 1950, Intrawest, Aiguille Rouge, Savoie, Vallandry – Villaroger, Espace Olympique Savoie, Bourg St Maurice, Tarentaise Vallée, Grand Domaine Les Arcs, Paradiski

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Summer ski season kicks off on Blackcomb’s glacier

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Blackcomb’s terrain park is ready for the 2010 season!

After a record breaking year of snowfall, glacier skiing and riding returned on Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier last week with claims that this is some of the best summer skiing and riding conditions in years.

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Intrawest sells Mountain Creek resort

An aerial view of Mountain Creek resort which was recently sold by Intrawest.

An aerial view of Mountain Creek resort which was recently sold by Intrawest.

Following a string of selloffs, Intrawest, the owner of a dozen ski resorts throughout North America and Europe has announced the sale of Mountain Creek in New Jersey for an undisclosed amount of money.

The Vancouver-based company, owned Mountain Creek since 1998, stated the resort did not fit into the long term corporate strategy.
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Intrawest turns the corner

A barn near Intrawest resort Steamboat Springs in Colorado.

It seems things may be turning around for Intrawest’s after it’s parent company’s rough financial year.

The resort operator of Whistler/Blackcomb announced this week that it has completed refinancing its previously outstanding debt payments.

Owner Fortress Inc. missed debt payments in December that led to a threat of auction from lenders. This auction was scheduled to occur in the middle of the 2010 Olympic Games. Since that time Fortress Investment Group, Intrawest’s primary creditors, have been working with lenders to restructure the $1.4 billion borrowed in 2006 that Fortress used when purchasing Intrawest.

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Vail Resorts stays mum about Fortress-Intrawest-Whistler drama

Whistler village is the centerpiece of Whistler-Blackcomb.

With Intrawest’s owner’s financial challenges, there has been some discussion about whether Vail Resorts would be interested in acquiring it’s North American rival, Whistler-Blackcomb.

Fortress, which owns Whistler’s operator Intrawest, recently struck a deal with its creditors and won’t be selling off assets anytime soon. But should things change down the road, it is believed that Vail Resorts would be a contender to acquire the British Columbia ski resort.

Vail Resorts is believed to have around USD $400 million (€292m) available to spend, made up of about 15 per cent cash in hand and 85 per cent available credit.

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Whistler and Tremblant stay in Intrawest-Fortress hands, for now

Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada is one of the major resorts on the Fortress/Intrawest chopping block.

It appears the troubled company which owns major North American ski resort operator Intrawest has been granted another chance to survive.

The Fortress Investment Group LLC owns Intrawest, operator of leading Canadian resorts of Mont Tremblant and recent Olympic venue Whistler. Fortress is reported to have reached agreement with its creditors to extend the time it needs to refinance its debt through to mid-April.

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