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Copper Mountain in fresh powder always puts a smile on your face.

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John and Tamara had made the drive to McCall several times already this winter, so wanted to ski somewhere else.

Copper, of course.

Despite a less than favorable NOAA prediction, we were off. 6° at Banner Summit. Sun not yet up. But my, that sky!

Trailhead

There was yesterday's track up the ridge. Sweet- we won't have to break the 8 or so inches of fresh snow. Let's do it.

Trailhead

The 30% POP was looking pretty good. So was our descent ridge over there.

Approach
Big smiles and sunglasses as we soldiered past the "lunch trees". Approach

The upper mountain looked pristine.

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Heavy winds had left their signature, but today you could have held a match aloft. Totally calm. And surprisingly warm!

Approach

OK, there were a few clouds. But CLOSE to perfect.

Stillno sign of anyone else on the mountain.

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Summit.

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Well, it HAD BEEN pristine. By the time we had a couple laps in, others started to show up, including a SMG Avy 1 class.

But those turns are all ours.

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Creamy goodness.

Sad note: When we got back to the car, we couldn't find the buried beers. Dang! We got to be more careful. I felt bad because I had experience with this common error in technique.

John's report

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