Good news for skiers and riders who are always down for some lift-accessed powder (read: everyone): Copper Mountain plans to build a new lift to the top of Tucker Mountain this summer. The Tucker Mountain area has been accessible by free snowcat trips from the base of the Mountain Chief Lift, but a short hike from where the cats drop off to the ridgeline discouraged some from taking advantage of all the terrain has to offer.
The revised plans for the Tucker Lift have it starting near the base of the Blackjack Lift before rising above 12,300 feet to Tucker Mountain's peak. From there, it's all downhill to expert terrain like the Fremont Glades and, to skier's left, The Taco and The Nacho.
A notice from the U.S. Forest Service lists the start date of the project as spring or summer 2015. The Tucker Lift has been in Copper's Forest Service-approved plans since 2006, but the latest iteration changes the route a little, reducing ground disturbance and the tree removal in the process. Because of the change, it's open to public comment until Jan. 30, along some other additions being planned by Copper, such as a composting toilet at the base of the Mountain Chief lift, snow fences along the Tucker ridgeline and a communication tower on the lift itself.
Zoom in on the image below to get a look at the Tucker Lift's new route and the terrain it will open up.
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