Snapshots of opening day: Copper Mountain

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on November 6, 2009 10:40 am

In psychology, it’s called the observer effect.  Subjects change their behavior when a camera (or an observer) is introduced into their environment.  Here is true empirical evidence of the observer effect, as those aware of the camera modify their behavior, while others, unaware of the observer, exhibit no outward behavioral changes.

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Observing mathematical, coincidental connections in a world consumed by superstition… Chair 124 leads us to Psalm 124:

We have escaped like a bird
       out of the fowler’s snare;
       the snare has been broken,
       and we have escaped.

Amen!  A new ski season is upon us and we’ve escaped summer’s snare.  This is an obvious message from the divine Ski Gods.  We are humbled and blessed.

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First chair!  Left to right: snowboarder, skier, snowboarder, skier. Yes, Rodney King, we all can just get along.

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Why are the devil horns only brandished in photos, at rock concerts, and University of Texas football games?  I lobby for its expanded use.  Two suggested areas for which the devil horns could be applicable:
– After a successful board meeting
– When your internet date actually looks as good as her online photo

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The gentlemen in the middle was just blinded by the massive, blinding bling of his buddy’s strategically placed Sugar-Daddy-for-hire earring.

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Opening day and Copper has top-to-bottom skiing/riding with an 18” mid-mountain base, 3 lifts, 60 acres and 4 trails open – the intermediate Main Vein and Rhapsody trails with access from the American Eagle lift, Ptarmigan Trail with access from the Excelerator lift, as well as the Eagle Jib Park with multiple box, rail and jump features. 

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The snow looks good, but Freddy Freestyler looks even better.  Perfect 1980s era banana body position, but performed without the mandatory Day-Glo, and thus a heretical act.

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With aspirations of becoming the next Tom Wallisch, here we observe the latest entrant for the King of Style Stockholm contest performing a superb flatspin 180 with a groan grab for extra style.

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Whether it’s a ski film or opening day at Copper, top billing always goes last.  These gentlemen will never be part of our daily snow fail, as their outfits = total win. 

Reminder: Rapture is playing Copper’s Lift Off on Saturday night.  OK, roll closing credits…

all photos courtesy of Copper Mountain

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