Copper Mountain Pursues New Tucker Mountain Lift

A lift on Tucker Mountain, seen here in the background, would provide expanded access to 360 acres of terrain currently accessible only by cat or on foot.

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.

tuckermountainmapThe 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.


8 thoughts on “Copper Mountain Pursues New Tucker Mountain Lift

  1. Ryan January 18, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    Could they use the old Kokomo triple lift for this, or did that lift get scrapped or go somewhere else?


  2. cvs January 19, 2018 / 9:09 am

    I don’t see this project going this summer after the capital outlay last summer and the poor snow this year.

    K lift had the length but not the vert to be used so I am pretty sure the lift can’t take the horsepower required. I am also pretty sure that they will use a new lift


    • skier August 4, 2018 / 11:05 pm

      And the poor grooming there…..


      • Michael August 5, 2018 / 10:47 pm

        Go elsewhere…It’s America.


    • Harry March 4, 2019 / 3:50 pm

      Poor snow? It’s one of the best seasons in memory


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