Copper Mountain is moving forward with plans for lift service on Tucker Mountain, the 12,337 foot peak that forms the backside of Copper Bowl. A Tucker lift was first approved in 2006 under Intrawest ownership but free cat skiing is as close as it got to being implemented. Eight years into new management, Powdr Co. has proposed a new alignment that begins at the current Blackjack return terminal and ascends 1,150′ to the Tucker summit. The fixed-grip triple chair would be only around 3,000 feet long and move up to 1,200 skiers per hour. Blackjack’s return terminal would be moved slightly uphill to make room for the new machine.
The project would improve access to underutilized advanced terrain within Copper’s existing permit area and is undergoing expedited review as a result of the previous approval. The White River National Forest opened public comment yesterday (running through February 9th) and a decision is expected in March. According the the forest’s schedule of proposed actions, construction could begin as early as this June with an opening next winter.