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Construction on 2 new Copper Mountain ski lifts nears completion

Copper Mountain is planning some major changes for the 2018-19 ski season.

COPPER MOUNTAIN — Construction is wrapping up on two new ski lifts at Copper Mountain, part of a planned upgrade to the resort.

The $20 million project includes replacing the American Eagle and American Flyer lifts with high-speed combination and bubble-style lifts, which will debut Nov. 16, at the start of the 2018-19 ski season.

The American Eagle lift, a high-speed quad, will be replaced with a high-speed lift that includes a combination of both 6-person chairs and 8-person gondola cabins. The new lift will increase uphill capacity by over 40 percent, allowing more skiers and snowboarders access to an abundance of Copper’s intermediate terrain, according to a press release from Copper Mountain announcing the lift upgrades.

Copper Mountain Capital Projects Supervisor Max Tyler, who is heading up construction on the project, said it's "by far the busiest summer Copper has had in a long time."

Copper Mountain has also been working on parking enhancements, including now-paved lots, new locations for some lots and a new paid parking system that resembles the one in the town of Breckenridge.

Teams at the resort are also working on snowmaking and new facilities.

"You name it, we are probably building it,” Tyler said.

Copper Mountain is owned by Park City, Utah-based Powdr.

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