Advanced site w local guide, mostly winter.
Copper Mountain flying site is a high alpine site with about ~2500 feet of vertical from launch to landing zone. The launch site on Hallelujah Ridge (West Facing) requires a minimum of a P4 rating with high requirements. It is open for limited days in winter and summer in tight coordination with ski patrol and a site coordinator. Join the Telegram chat to be in the loop. Paragliders only - no mini or hang gliders for now.
Copper Mountain is one of the sites where RMHPA works closely with the land owner, which is the only way we can fly here. RMHPA membership is required - do your part!
In the winter, a season-pass or daily lift ticket is required for lift access.
All pilots must have proper equipment to access the mountain and exit the mountain when conditions are not flyable.
A site coordinator must give a site overview to all pilots.
Pilots are required to sign liability and pilot form.
Pilots must be added to the pilot list communicated with Ski Patrol in the winter and known as Bike Patrol in the summer.
All pilots are required to check-in for flying activities.
Paraglider with at least 6:1 glide, reserve, radio, helmet.
Access to launch in winter is available via the Super Bee lift, American Eagle + Excelerator lifts, and Storm King surface lift. When the mountain is open to the public during the summer season, the American Eagle lift operates from base to mid-mountain. From mid-mountain, there is a hike to the launch area. A special vehicle permit allows access on “A Road” from base to Patrol Headquarters (PHQ). Driving permits are only available to site coordinators.
Winter flying uses LZs on the summer golf course close to East Village. Hole #9 adjacent to Super Bee lift provides easy access to the lift. A bail out landing zone on Hole #8 can be used when wind conditions change. Hole #11 is the largest and longest landing zone adjacent to Alpine parking lot. This landing is ideal to final flight of the day. Pilots are not allowed to fly within 500 feet (150 meters) of buildings, lifts, and equipment. Pilots need to take caution to keep safe clearance since Landing Zones are located next to East Village. Pilots should monitor ground activity before making a final approach.
Launch and Landing Map
This west-facing launch is next to Storm King surface lift (T-bar) used in winter to access the launch area. Below the launch area is the Upper Enchanted Forest. In the winter, Ski Patrol must clear the Upper Enchanted Forest for avalanche danger. Once Upper Enchanted Forest is open to the public, Ski Patrol grants ground clearance to begin flying activities.
Several Streamers along Hallelujah Ridge show wind direction and speed. There are wind meters at all lift stations, so pilots can verify wind speed and direction when calling to Ski (Bike) Patrol to check-in for flying activity.
Ideal Wind Range: HG 3-12mph max 25. PG 3-10mph max 15. MW 3-15mph max 18.
AWOS: 970-968-1715 (Location: Patrol Headquarter PHQ)
For winter, a season-pass or daily lift ticket is required. All pilots must access the launch using approved equipment for the Ski Resort. (Skis with bindings or Snowboard)
When weather is not suitable for flying activities, pilot need to leave the launch area.
Ski Patrol clears the top of the mountain at 3pm. All pilots must clear the launch are before Ski Patrol makes the clearing sweep to close the area for all activities.
For summer, American Eagle lifts provides lift access when RMHPA has a special site agreement for flying activities. There is a hike from the mid-mountain Solitude Station to the top where launch is located. The hike generally takes between 30-45 minutes for pilots acclimated to high altitude conditions.
Site coordinators can obtain a special permit and provide vehicle access from parking lot to Ski Patrol Headquarters (PHQ). There is a short hike to from Patrol Headquarters to launch.
Hole #9 in winter, pilots should descend using open area between Center and East Village over the golf course. When a pilot descends low enough, the final approach should follow the Skid Row ski run and turn back into west wind before reaching Super Bee lift or East Village. Do NOT fly low over buildings, ski lifts or tubing area.
Hole #8 in winter, pilots should descend using open area between Center and East Village over the golf course. The Woodward Barn and Fire Station are located to the north. Do not fly low over these buildings. When a pilot descends low enough, the final approach should fly from north to southwest. Do not land on Hole #2 west side or #3 on north side of West Tenmile Creek.These areas have people. Ski School uses Hole #2 for instruction and there is sledding activities. All pilots need to stay clear. This fairway has many aspen trees, so there are obstacles. Do not land from south to north. The terrain elevation drops from south to north making landing difficult since there is a creek and water pump station on north side of creek.
Hole #11 in winter, pilots can land from either north or south direction. This landing zone is in the Vortex of mixing air flow of Vail Pass, Freemont Pass and Ten Mile Canyon. Wind direction can switch quickly in this landing zone. The prevailing wind is generally west, but wind can change from the north, east and south within minutes.The landing zone is near townhomes, Alpine lot main transit station and the Copper Mountain Transportation office. There is a lot of pedestrian and vehicle activity near the landing zone. This is a very long golf course fairway, so pilots have plenty of time to prepare for the final approach.
When it's not ski season, and Copper's Far East lot is empty, you can land there IF YOU FILL OUT A WAIVER. Ask about it on the Telegram chat.
Otherwise, land along the bike path in an open section just north of the parking lot. There are a couple small trees and a good number of rocks to avoid. Be careful of your ankles!
There are natural obstacles at launch and landing zones. Pilots need to maintain a 500 feet clearance over terrain especially lifts, structures, buildings, vehicles, equipment and people.
Winter Landing Zones are on the golf course, which provides long runway via golf course fairway. Summer landings have trees and imperfections on the ground exist.
The Far East LZ has power lines on the east side along with trees around 75% of the open space.
Spectators are often present during flying activities. All spectators need to stay out of launch and closed areas.
Winter landing zone includes cross-country skiing & snowcat paths, which may have people.
Pilots need to prepare the flight plan before making a final approach in order to stay clear of all obstacles. Pilots should not land directly next to people.