Copper Mountain opens first halfpipe of the season

Copper Mountain is the first resort in the world to open its halfpipe for the 2012 to 2013 season. For months, the Colorado resort has been working around the clock, blowing snow and sculpting the behemoth 22-feet, Olympic-size pipe that officially opened to the public on Friday.

With the first major halfpipe contest a mere two weeks away, pro skiers and snowboarders from all over the globe have made their way to Colorado to begin training in the “Main Vein.”

“I have been anticipating the start of this season more than any in the past. It’s really exciting to get the ball rolling on the Olympic qualifying process and Copper will be a large part of that,” said Jen Hudak, professional freeskier and member of the U.S. National Halfpipe Team, in a release. “Not only is Copper’s pipe one of the first to open every year, but they host a Grand Prix event that will earn us qualifying FIS points for our eligibility to compete in the Games in 2014. It’s a great place for us to be able to train.”

Not in Colorado to see all the action in person? No sweat–you can watch it all unravel on Copper’s live mountain cam here.

Photo courtesy of Tripp Fay/Copper Mountain