Catalyst Action Sports Camp at Copper Mountain Resort

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dc.contributor.author Carlson, Benjamin Charles
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T14:23:03Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T14:23:03Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/8859
dc.description.abstract Many mountain resorts lack balance in revenue from season to season. Mountain resorts are most often geared toward, and capitalize on, peak ski season, receiving much less visitation and revenue in the summer season and even more so in the spring and fall. Due to projected climate changes, “increasing temperatures will affect important winter activities such as downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, which require snow on the ground. Projections indicate later snow and less snow coverage in ski resort areas” (Karl, Melillo, Peterson, 133). This indicates an even greater need for a shift to year-round attractions for visitors in order to balance the revenue stream of mountain resorts. The infusion of an all-season action sports camp is a catalyst to generate an increase in year-round visitation and profit for the resort. Examples of action sports include skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX biking, and mountain biking. When integrating an action sports camp into the existing resort, striving for balance, harmony, and oneness between the existing and proposed is imperative to success. These principals are present in the sports and allow for the connection from the athletes to the landscape. With any proposed development, specifically in mountain environments, potential environmental impacts are an issue, especially at a site where the natural scenic beauty is in such high demand. “It is the resort’s environment that draws the customer” Schwanke, 119). The relationships between the mountain, resort, camp, and users must be balanced and work in harmony with each other. Copper Mountain Resort provides an ideal location to implement this strategy. Catalyst Action Sports Camp plays on the tension between the mountain and the human, capitalizing on the balance, harmony, and oneness between them. Campers are connected to the surrounding mountain majesty through directed views, inspiring and exciting them to progress their skills and challenge their fears and become one with the mountain. Catalyst is infused into the existing resort, harmonizing with resort operations and stimulating life in the village in all seasons. Ultimately,Catalyst Action Sports Camp helps balance the revenue stream and provide additional stability given changing climate scenarios. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Copper Mountain en_US
dc.subject action sports en_US
dc.subject camp en_US
dc.subject landscape architecture en_US
dc.subject skate en_US
dc.subject snowboard en_US
dc.title Catalyst Action Sports Camp at Copper Mountain Resort en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Eric A. Bernard en_US
dc.subject.umi Landscape Architecture (0390) en_US
dc.date.published 2011 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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