Copper Mountain opens first 22-foot superpipe in Colorado for 2011/2012 season

Copper Mountain opened its Olympic-sized 22-foot superpipe on Friday, in time for athletes competing in the The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Sprint U.S. Grand Prix to work on their double corks before next week's competition, December 5-10. That makes it the first 22-foot pipe of the season in Colorado, and means just about all of the top pro snowboarders and skiers in the U.S. are in town and on the mountain now the U.S. Grand Prix will feature ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle this year, now that both events have been approved as Olympic medal sports).

Head up to Copper any time this week to get some runs in with your favorite pros -- or just watch from the pipe's platform -- or tune in from your desk today for an overview of the pipe: Copper's Center Village HD Cam is trained on the superpipe now.

Ready to try some new tricks of your own? Woodward at Copper is offering Park & Pipe group sessions daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($99 for passholders, $139.99 with lift ticket) as well as a full complement of private lesson options.

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