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Colorado Spring Break 2014: Copper Mountain

Believe it or not, Spring Break is right around the corner! And why go anywhere when the world comes to destinations like Copper Mountain?

Mile High Mamas is pleased to team up with popchips, an official partner of Copper Mountain, to give your family the chance to “pop to the top” and win their Secret Passes. Think: Disneyland’s fast passes where you are able to skip the lift lines. Only this is one of Colorado’s Happiest Place on Snow!

Spring Break is a fantastic time to road-trip to the mountains but the drive can sometimes be tedious (think: I-70 traffic snares). Sure, you could stuff the kids with sugar but watch out for when they crash and you’re still in the car. popchips are a family of delicious potato, tortilla, popcorn, and veggie chips popped crispy and full of flavor that aren’t fried (too greasy), not baked (too cardboard-y). They just add a little heat and pressure top ingredients and pop! It’s a chip.

popchips wants to offer you a chance to win a 4-pack of lift tickets to Copper Mountain (good through April 30, 2014), plus 1-month supply of popchips ski snacks.

Copper Mountain is For Families

Skating West Lake

Skating West Lake

If you’ve never been to Copper Mountain, here are a few highlights  of this resort that is just 75 miles west of Denver.

  • Ski/ride as a family. With over 150 trails across 2,465 acres, we fell in love with Copper Mountain’s varied terrain. P.S. March is Colorado’s snowiest month so be prepared for great conditions in what has already been an epic year.
  • Woodward at Copper. If you’re looking for something that sets Copper Mountain apart from all the others, this is it. Touted as “the raddest place on the planet,” the Barn is a 19,400-square foot indoor playground. Read about our extreme adventure here.
  • Skating. I don’t use the term “idyllic” too often but skating on Copper’s West Lake in the heart of the Village Copper is pretty darn memorable. Skating is free if you bring your own skates or you can rent them for $10 from The Woodward Cage.
  • Get a rush on the Alpine Rush Zip Line. For just $10, this family-friendly zip line soars 30 feet above West Lake skating rink. You’ll travel 300 feet across the lake and reach speeds of 30 mph!
  • Go tubing.  Copper Mountain’s four-laned banked curves and long run-out are a fantastic time for families. No slogging up the hill here—just hop on “The Stinger,” a surface lift that whisks you to the top.  Tubing is run by the hour (prices start at $26).
  • Critterland. Do you have little ones under 36” in tow? They’ll love this interactive snow-play area located adjacent to the Tubing Hill in East Village. with  fun snow characters, the Bearilla Snow Den’s tunnels, ropes to scale, a snowfort, mini-tubing heal and the Ducktopus Tubing Carousel.

Easter Weekend. Another great time to visit Copper Mountain is is on Easter Sunday (April 20, 2014). The resort hosts the largest Easter Egg Hunt in Colorado and over 50,000 eggs will be up for grabs in Center Village. Be sure to make a weekend of it by participating in The Color Run’s first 5k snow run on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

 Feel even better about healthy snacking! If you purchase popchips at Whole Foods Market. $0.05 of every bag sold between March 12 and April 1, 2014 will go to the Whole Foods Whole Planet foundation.

 Contests (yes, as in plural!)

popchips wants to help you “pop to the top” of the lift line by offering highly-coveted Secret Passes. They are valued at  $30 each, and they are awarding two winners each week who will receive a pair of tickets ($60 per pair!). Be sure to enter at http://www.popchips.com/copper/.

 Mile High Mamas also wants to help you get to the slopes and popchips has offered us a family four-pack of tickets and a month’s supply of popchips to give away. Be sure to enter below as many as five times.

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A special thanks to popchips for partnering with us on this promotion.

Woodward at Copper: This Mom’s Ascent (or Descent?) Into Extreme Sports

I live a pretty adventurous life. Last week I went to Costco and tried the spicy jalapeno dip. On another day, I blazed pass those annoying lingering parents in the carpool lane despite the threat of death.

Let’s just say the introductory class at the newly renovated 19,400-square foot indoor playground Woodward at Copper Barn at Copper Mountain, Colo. took me to the next level.

If you’ve never been to “The Barn,” it is a sight to behold. Offering year-round Snowboard, Ski, Skateboard, Bike and Digital Media programs, it recently underwent a half-million renovation project that opened up their adventure alley beyond snowboards and skis to include skateboards, BMX and style-style mountain bike. There’s a new beginner foam pit with 2-foot and 4-foot jumps and a pump track designed for the development of park skills.

Hanging with the big boys.

Hanging with the big boys.

The staffer I chatted up before our class proudly said many of the Olympians and hopefuls at Sochi had, at one time or another, trained at The Barn. My daughter Hadley and I were in esteemed company.

I was Maui-bound the following week. My initial goal walking in there was to play it safe and not break my neck. But when my Hadley and I realized our class consisted of hip 20-somethings? All bets were off as I had something to prove. Surely I wouldn’t be the first to go to Hawaii in a body cast, right?

The minimum age for the intro class is 8. At archaic 9 years old, Hadley looked at all the big boys and appropriately said, “We’re doomed!” We were quite the pair as I calmly joked, “I’ll have to make sure to go to the bathroom first, otherwise I’ll pee my pants.”

Let’s file that one under said no extreme athlete ever at The Barn.

I’m not sure what I was expecting out of the 1 hour and 45-minute class. Maybe we’d jump on the trampoline. If things got really crazy, we’d launch into the foam pit.

Doing a frontside triple cork. #YeahRight

Doing a frontside triple cork. #YeahRight

What we got: Skatelite jumps into foam pits. Sick moves on the Olympic fly-bed trampolines and a Super Tramp. Tumbling practice with back rolls and rodeo progressions on the spring floor and tumble trak. And the more adventurous in our group ended the lesson by trying Woodward’s exclusive new Parkboards™ and Parkskis™ and launching off the ramps into the foam pits.

I wasn’t too disappointed when Hadley begged us to skip that last one.

Our instructor Greg was everything you’d expect and so much more. He was a veritable “dude” but an excellent instructor with a hyper-vigilance to safety and who spotted our every move. “Yell ‘PIT’ when you jump into the foam pit,” he coached. “And make sure you land on your back with your legs spread apart in a tuck position.”

Though Hadley has minimal gymnastics experience, she was bouncing and tumbling along with everyone else. As for me? I shocked the 20-somethings (and myself) by busting out several moves I haven’t done since my days in gymnastics and backyard trampoline glory.

Soarin' at Woodward

Soarin’ at Woodward

I don’t wanna brag but I did have the best cartwheel in the group.

After an hour of practice, most of the guys took to the ramps with their Parkboards while the girls stayed behind to test out our new moves on the Super Tramp and five Fly Beds. After a while, Hadley complained, “My back hurts.”

“So take a break.”

“I. Can’t. Stop.” And she soldiered on with her ninja kicks against the padded wall.

By the end of our session, we were both limping a bit but proud and esctatic at what we’d accomplished. Hadley looked at her old mom in a new light.

“Hey Mom, you did some flips and didn’t even break your neck,” she marveled.

I’m counting that one as a win.

Woodward at Copper has various options for adventure including our Intro Session ($49) or a Tramp Only Session ($35), Drop-in Session ($35) or various daily and weekly camps. They are also famous for the “raddest summer camps on the planet.” Go here for more info. Special thanks to Woodward for hosting and teaching us how to not break our necks.

Woodward at Copper: The Coolest Summer Camp on Earth

Our boys had a great summer in 2010. Why? Because it was the first summer that they each went to sleepover camp. Although they didn’t go to camp together, they both went to the same freestyle skiing camp: Woodward at Copper.

Woodward at Copper is a relatively new, year-round addition to the winter sports offerings at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Opened in 2009, the centerpiece of Woodward at Copper is The Barn, a 19,400 square foot indoor terrain park and training facility. Woodward at Copper provides training in freestyle (park and pipe) skiing and snowboarding for athletes of all levels, from beginner to pro.

And while you may be wondering why you should care about summer camp when there is still a lot of snow on the ground, experienced moms will tell you that now is the time to sign up.

WHY WOODWARD AT COPPER IS THE COOLEST CAMP ON EARTH – A CAMPER’S PERSPECTIVE

1.  Snow. The Woodward camps run from June through July.  And, yes