Copper's Closing Weekend

Sends Ski Season Out with a Bang

Sunsations Poster

With the second of Summit’s slopes calling April 24th closing day, another blockbuster weekend for snow and festivities went into the record books. A storm dropped fresh snow all weekend, as guests put down some final powder turns.

Copper started closing festivities with Red Bull’s Jump and Freeze event, where contestants dressed in crazy costumes slide down the slopes in an attempt to reach the end of an icy pool. Teams of 1-3 people compete “judged equally on the creativity (team theme), performance, and difficulty of the jump”. Prizes included season passes for Copper Mountain and the Copper Barn, day lift passes, Pit Viper eyewear and apparel, and Red Bull Jump and Freeze Trophies to the top three teams..

The Red Bull Jump & Freeze clip reel.

Copper’s official closing weekend this year was hosted by the 10 Barrel Brewing Company. 10 Barrel was conceived in Bend, Oregon and now has locations in Denver, Boise, Bend, and Portland. On Thursday, 10 Barrel’s Denver Brew Pub kicked off the festivities with a hype party, DJ Wes, and prizes and giveaways.

10 Barrel Brewing Denver Logo

On Friday, the Hella Hectic competitors participated in qualifying runs, followed by the kick-off of Sunsation’s festivities. A-Mac & The Height warmed up the stage in Center Village, followed by American Authors.

On Saturday the Hella Hectic went down, with prizes of $5,000 for the winners of the men’s and women’s categories in both ski and snowboard. Another $5,000 went to the top adaptive skier, and prizes for best costumes and “most hectic” were $500. The prize purse for the event totaled a whopping $35,000. On the mountain, skiers could participate in a scavenger hunt to find a big green tire and win Nokian Tyres’ free set. There was also stein-hoisting for prizes and swag giveaways.

The Hella Hectic 2022 Recap

Live band detention warmed up the stage, and Letters to Cleo capped off the ski day, putting in a killer performance as large flakes set the scene for skiers to enjoy a powdery Sunday. In a surreal and magical scene, the bands gave the 2022 season the right kind of send-off; a truly epic one.

Letters to Cleo Playing Copper Mountain
Letters to Cleo singer Kay Hanley in the Snow at Copper Mountain

An after-party with DJ Stananmonica at Sawmill Pizza & Taphouse in Copper capped Saturday’s festivities, but for skiers, the weekend wasn’t over. Skiers were greeted with fresh inches Sunday morning, and more snow falling all day long. And for those not going home, A-Basin and Breckenridge both reported another 8 inches Monday morning! It’s a gorgeous spring in Summit County, and the snow is still going strong, even as the ski lifts stop turning.

Closing Day Powder at Copper Mountain