You might have heard Copper Mountain plans to install a new lift to the top of Tucker Mountain this summer, but that's only one part of the resort's future plans. In the Colorado resort's 2011 master plan are plenty of upgrades slated for aging lifts, expanded terrain access and updates to on-mountain dining. Just because something is in the plan doesn't mean it's coming true any time soon — there still are other hoops to jump through before the Forest Service gives the final go ahead — but it does present a rough sketch of what Copper Mountain could look like in the future.
The master plan calls for a number of old lifts to be replaced and some new ones to be added. A few of the highlights:
· A new west to east connector lift between the American Flyer and American Eagle lifts to improve circulation.
· Changes to the teaching area including upgrading the Lumberjack lift, realigning the Kokomo lift, relocating some conveyors and building others.
· Upgrading the Alpine lift and moving the terminal up the mountain.
· Upgrading the American Flyer to a six-seater
Installing the Tucker Mountain lift means the snowcats that previously provided access to the area can be repurposed to move skiers up to the south side of the ridge that runs from Tucker Mountain to Jacques Peak. There also are a number of trails that could be widened in the future, according to the plan, as well as some glades that could be opened up.
The master plan includes renovations to the Solitude Station and Flyers on-mountain restaurants. The general plan is to expand Solitude Station to have as many seats while Flyers will go from a soup shack to a restaurant with about 300 seats.
What do you think Curbed readers? Are these the types of upgrades you're looking for?
· Copper Mountain Master Development Plan [U.S. Forest Service]
· Copper Plans New Lift For Tucker Mountain this Summer [Curbed Ski]
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