Seven Facts About Copper Mountain
With the anticipation building for the 2017-2108 Winter season to begin, we bring you seven facts about Copper Mountain to tide you over until opening day, Friday, 11.10.2107!
7 FACTS ABOUT COPPER MOUNTAIN YOU SHOULD KNOW
Those who have only heard of Copper Mountain may think of it as just another ski resort. But for those who have visited, it’s much more than that. Copper is a community that welcomes you no matter your ability or where you’re from. It’s a place you can call home, and keep returning to again and again.
Whether you’re a Copper rookie or are thinking about a visit for the first time, brush up on your knowledge with these facts about Copper Mountain.
1. COPPER’S FIRST INHABITANTS WERE THE UTE AND ARAPAHO INDIANS Hundreds of years ago between 1100 and 1300 AD, the Ute and Arapaho Indians lived in the area that is home to today’s Copper Mountain. They used the forest and the streams in the area for fishing, trapping, and hunting while also enjoying the beauty of the nature surrounding them. Join one of Copper’s free Ski With a Ranger tours to learn more about the history of Copper Mountain and the wildlife and plants in the area.
2. IT’S NAMED AFTER THE MINERAL COPPER Fast forward to the mid 1800s when the Colorado gold rush was booming. Miners came to the area looking for gold, but instead they found copper. From then on, the mountain became known as Copper Mountain!
3. THE COPPER MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT OFFICIALLY OPENED IN 1972 Chuck Lewis is Copper’s founding father, and he had a vision that he shared with his friends saying, "I'm gonna build me a killer ski resort." The planning and building of the resort took a few years, but officially opened in 1972 with 26 miles of trails and 5 lifts.
4. IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST SKI RESORTS IN COLORADO With 2,490 skiable acres, Copper falls in the top 10 largest ski resorts in Colorado. The terrain within these acres includes over 140 marked trails and 23 total chair lifts.
5. IT IS HOME TO THE ONLY EARLY-SEASON, FULL-LENGTH U.S. SKI TEAM DOWNHILL TRAINING COURSE Back in 2011, Copper Mountain became an official U.S. Ski Team downhill training venue with the opening of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper. Racers can clock in speeds of up to 75 mph on this course, so keep your eyes peeled or you might miss them!
6. IT’S KNOWN FOR ITS NATURALLY DIVIDED TERRAIN One of the best reasons for beginners to ski at Copper is the way it’s divided – you can start in West Village for the easiest greens and move your way east to increase in difficulty. It’s one of the only naturally divided resorts in the area, so newcomers don’t need to be so concerned about experts zooming past or taking a wrong turn. To get to know the mountain better, try one of Copper’s free mountain tours where you can ski with a Resort Ambassador.
7. COPPER RECEIVES AN AVERAGE SNOWFALL OF 304 INCHES PER YEAR
Opt for a March visit to increase your powder day chances. Since Copper’s opening season, March has received an average of 53 inches of snow, making it typically the snowiest month of the year.
Doughnuts are everywhere. Over the last century, few pastries have inspired as much long-lasting enthusiasm, or as many film and television tributes, as the humble ring of fried dough. But though we’ve been gobbling down doughnuts by the baker's dozens for years, most of us don’t know that much about their delicious history. Here are 15 tasty facts about the iconic pastry to whet your appetite.
1. OVER 10 BILLION DOUGHNUTS ARE MADE IN THE U.S. EACH YEAR.The American doughnut industry is huge, with numerous fast food chainsdedicated to their production. Canada, meanwhile, produces fewer doughnuts (approximately one billion per year), but with its lower population, actually has the most doughnut shops per capita of any country in the world.
2. AS OF 2011, 10 PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE THE LAST NAME “DOUGHNUT” or “DONUT.”It's unclear whether "Doughnut" was their given last name, or whether they changed it out of passion for the pastry. Meanwhile, 13 people have the first name “Donut,” making it the 245,396th most popular name in the United States according to White Pages.
3. WASHINGTON IRVING IS WIDELY CONSIDERED THE FIRST WRITER TO DESCRIBE DOUGHNUTS IN PRINT.Irving, who is best known as the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, described the pastry as "balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog's fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks.”
4. AN OREGON DOUGHNUT SHOP USED TO OFFER MEDICINAL DOUGHNUTS, COATED WITH NYQUIL OR PEPTO BISMOL.
For a while, the doughnut shop even offered NyQuil- and Pepto Bismol-coated doughnuts (the latter were dipped in Pepto Bismol, sprinkled with Tums, and marketed to customers who’d had too much to drink and wanted a snack that was easy on the stomach). The doughnut shop was eventually forced to retire its medicinal flavors after the FDA stepped in.
5. "SPUDNUTS" HAVE DOUGH MADE OF POTATOES INSTEAD OF FLOUR.
Made with mashed potatoes or potato starch, potato doughnuts were once so popular they had their own fast food chain: Spudnuts. The mostly defunct chain (there are apparently a few independent locations hanging on, but the parent company no longer exists) was founded by two brothers—an appliance salesman and drug store clerk—in the 1940s. They were the first fast food doughnut chain to open in Los Angeles.
6. BOSTON HAS THE MOST DOUGHNUT SHOPS PER PERSON. Bostonians really love their doughnuts: The city has one doughnut shop for every 2480 people according to Adweek.
7. THE FRENCH USED TO CALL THEIR DOUGHNUTS "NUN’S FARTS."The airy fried dough fritters—slightly different from the American circular doughnut—are called “Pet de Nonne” in French, which translates to “Nun’s Farts.”
8. THERE’S SOME TRUTH TO THAT "COPS LOVE DOUGHNUTS" STEREOTYPE.Back in the 1950s, police officers on the graveyard shift would stop by doughnut shops—which were among the few establishments open late—to do paperwork and have a snack. Eventually a reciprocal relationship developed: Doughnut shop owners welcomed the protection of police officers, and police officers liked having a place to chow down late at night, so the association stuck around.
9. RENÉE ZELLWEGER SAID SHE ATE 20 DOUGHNUTS A DAY TO GAIN WEIGHT FOR THE BRIDGET JONES SEQUEL.
Zellweger needed to gain weight fast to reprise her role as the eponymous heroine in 2004's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The actress claims to have eaten “a Big Mac and chips, potatoes swimming in butter, pizza, milkshakes and 20 doughnuts” every day to hit her weight goal in time for shooting.
10. DOUGHNUTS WERE ONCE DECLARED "THE HIT FOOD" OF THE CENTURY.At the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair—which was billed as "A Century of Progress"—doughnuts were given the lofty title of "Hit Food of the Century of Progess." Because they were fresh and the automated machines made them quickly, they were cheap and became "a staple of the working class" during the Depression, according to Sally Levitt Steinberg, whose grandfather invented the doughnut machine.
11. CLARK GABLE TAUGHT MOVIE AUDIENCES HOW TO PROPERLY DUNK DOUGHNUTS IN IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. 1934's It Happened One Night, Clark Gable's character outlined the rules for proper dunking etiquette to co-star Claudette Colbert. "Dunking's an art," he explained. "Don't let it soak so long. A dip and—plop, into your mouth. If you let it soak so long, it'll get soft and fall off. It's all a matter of timing. I ought to write a book about it."
12. A NEW ENGLAND SHIP CAPTAIN CLAIMED TO HAVE INVENTED THE HOLE IN DOUGHNUTS. Elizabeth Gregory, mother of 19th century ship captain Hanson Gregory, would famously make fried dough pastries for her son and his crew to take on their voyages. But though the elder Gregory may have been an early doughnut innovator (she packed the pastries with nuts, and flavored them with cinnamon and nutmeg), it was Captain Hanson Gregory who claimed to have invented the actual doughnut hole, calling it "the first doughnut hole ever seen by mortal eyes."
13. DOUGHNUTS WERE SERVED TO SOLDIERS DURING WWI.During World War I, Salvation Army workers would bring soldiers doughnuts and coffee in the trenches of France to cheer them up and remind them of home.
14. ONE CALIFORNIA DOUGHNUT SHOP HAS APPEARED OVER AND OVER IN MOVIES SINCE THE 1980S.
Featuring a massive 32-foot doughnut sculpture atop its low, flat roof, Randy's Donuts is one of the most iconic Hollywood doughnut shops. The store, which opened in the 1950s as part of the now-defunct Big Donut Drive-In chain, has appeared in numerous movies, including Earth Girls are Easy (1988), Get Shorty (1995), The Golden Child (1986), Crocodile Dundee (1986), and Iron Man 2 (2010).
15. THEY WERE ONCE CALLED "OLYKOEKS."Though many countries have independently developed their own version of doughnuts, the Dutch are widely attributed with bringing the fried pastry to America prior to the Revolutionary War, originally calling them "olykoeks," meaning "oily cakes."
How many of these fun facts did you know about donuts (or as some people write - doughnuts...)?! :)