Copper Mountain Ski Resort Colorado
The name of Copper Mountain is a bit of a give-away regarding its origins as a copper mine. Now Copper Mountain is a purpose-built ski resort with all the bells and whistles. Copper has world class facilities with more amenities than you could poke a stick at. In addition to great skiing and snowboarding, Copper Mountain is a complete snow vacation destination with ski-in ski-out accommodation, lively après, shopping and non-skiing activities.
Copper Ski and Snowboard Terrain
Copper Mountain ski resort has 985 hectares (2,465 acres) of skiable terrain, making it the 6th largest resort in Colorado. Copper packs in 126 named trails, 2,601 feet (793 metres) of vertical and 15 chairlifts.
Copper Mountain is renowned for the perfect topography that has allowed the design of the ski terrain to be naturally separated into differing ability levels. The ski resort lay-out has the easy slopes on the western side of the mountain, intermediate slopes in the centre, and black terrain on the eastern side. Timid beginners don’t need to fear that speedsters will bowl them over, and advanced riders don’t have to worry about slow-poke moving obstacles getting in the way. Some groups or families may see this as a disadvantage if they want to ski together in the one area, but many ski resort critics describe the Copper Mountain layout as “perfect”.
Even though there is fabulous terrain for beginners and intermediates, experts need not fear that there is inadequate terrain to challenge them. Copper has steep alpine terrain with chutes, cornices and expert-only bowls to delight. Included in your lift ticket is the snowcat skiing on Tucker Mountain which is also good for those seeking a challenge.
For shredders, Copper Mountain has impressive parks and pipes ranging from a pint sized terrain park through to a jib park for the big boys (and girls).
Where is Copper Mountain?
Copper Mountain Resort is located in Summit County Colorado, about 121km (75miles) west of Denver. Whilst Copper Mountain is an all-inclusive destination resort in itself, it’s also well located to allow multi-resort sampling. Nearby ski resorts include Breckenridge
, Arapahoe Basin
, and Keystone
, and Vail ski resort
is only 25 minutes away.
The town of Frisco
is 5 minutes away, and Silverthorne which has some great outlet shops, is about 10-15 minutes away. Some budget conscious holiday-makers choose to lodge in Frisco or Silverthorne, but there are also plenty of Copper Mountain hotels
and other on-mountain accommodations such as condominiums.
Copper Mountain Hotels and Facilities
Rather than having a ski town at the base like Breckenridge, Steamboat or Aspen, the Copper Mountain base has three purpose-built villages. Because of the segregated terrain they tend to service differing ability levels. East village is for the hard-core, Union Creek is for beginners, and the Center Village at Copper is the main base area and is a compromise between the two. Easy access between the areas is available via the slopes and shuttle buses.
The base area has been vastly improved with recent construction of new Copper Mountain hotels
and condos, restaurants, bars and shops. There are also plenty of additional Copper Mountain activities
on offer including tubing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing and dog sledding.
Copper Mountain Accommodations Listings
Why Ski or Snowboard at Copper Mountain?
The entire mountain feels somewhat deserted relative to other Summit County ski resorts, which is a good reason in itself to visit Copper. Fortunately there are several other reasons to visit Copper such as outstanding fall line groomed runs for all abilities, challenging high alpine bowls, free cat skiing, spanking alpine views, a quirky village, more bars than should be legal, great food, superb kids’ programs and ever smiling staff. There is also a cracking superpipe for those with a superpipe kind of inclination.
Copper Mountain has scored a few “best Colorado ski resorts
” awards from us for the beginner terrain, the intermediate terrain, and the slackcountry. Copper Mountain also scores full marks from us for its family friendliness.