What heat dome? They’re still skiing in Colorado

While much of the US is experiencing a heatwave, Copper Mountain resort in Colorado is open for limited skiing this Fourth of July weekend due to leftover snow.

Current State: The resort, about 90 minutes west of Denver, is enjoying sunny weather with temperatures near 70 degrees.
* The resort situated slightly shy of 10,000 feet above sea level, is attracting snow-lovers with a significant pile of snow on a grassy slope among pine trees.

Community Perspective: Skiers and snowboarders are thrilled with the opportunity to enjoy their favorite winter sports in the middle of summer, drawing many to the resort.
* Allisa Bricourt, a snowboard instructor, calls the experience a “dream,” while another participant, Nate Sunderhuse, commends the beautiful mountains and enjoyable experience despite heavy traffic to reach the resort.

Amenities and conditions: For a $25 fee, around 50 people each day are taking advantage of the snow pile, roughly the size of a football field, shaped to allow for tricks and stunts.
* There’s no lift service; skiers return to the top of the slope on foot. Participants don’t mind, enjoying the unusual experience of skiing in summer attire.

Historic Context: While US ski resorts typically shut around Easter, there have been instances in the past when Copper Mountain resort was able to offer similar mid-summer snow activities.
* Mark Lynn, a snowboard enthusiast, spends his day indulging in the “Colorado trifecta” — cycling, skateboarding, and snowboarding, underlining the unique sporting opportunities the state offers.

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