COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. During the early hours of Oct. 4, the overnight wet-bulb temperature of 27 degrees made it possible for snowmaking guns to fire up on the trail Andy’s Encore at Copper Mountain. Copper is scheduled to celebrate its 2015-16 opening day in just 32 days on Friday, Nov. 6.

In addition to ensuring the perfect snow surface for early season guests, snowmaking resources are focused around the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain. Copper will introduce a full roster of Olympic medalists and World Champion alpine skiers at the First Tracks: U.S. Ski Team Naming presented by Nature Valley on Nov. 6. Athletes expected to attend include Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso, Ted Ligety, and Lindsey Vonn. This pep-rally allows fans a chance to cheer on the U.S. Ski Team and send their favorite athletes off in style into the 2015-16 winter season.

In conjunction with the First Tracks celebration, the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials also will be held at Copper on Nov. 6. Athletes set to participate include Olympic gold medalist Ligety, World Champion Daron Rahlves, two-time Olympian Kaylin Richardson and more. In May 2015, the U.S. Ski Team and NASTAR announced that the USSA would take on operational management of the popular recreational racing program.

Release courtesy of Copper, photo by Tripp Fay (Copper Mountain Resort)

Article Tags: Alpine, Top Rotator, Top Story, USSA

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