Copper Mountain is one of Colorado’s hidden gems. This is a great value resort that offers uncrowded slopes, a compact, laid back village and fantastic skiing that’s perfect for families and mixed ability groups. It also has some of the best early and late season snow in Colorado. Add in plenty of slope-side accommodation and great resort amenities and you have the perfect destination to escape the crowds this winter.
Copper Mountain is now part of the Ikon Pass, which allows you to explore some of the most exciting ski resorts in North America on the one season pass.
Copper Mountain has the best naturally divided ski terrain we have seen in any ski resort. Easy greens on one mountain, great intermediate cruising on the mountain directly above the main Village and steeper pitches above the East Village.
When it comes to ski terrain, Copper has it all. Moguls, bowls, long intermediate cruisers, gladed runs, terrain parks, pipes and it even has snow-cat skiing.
Beginners will love the dedicated learning and slow zones above the West Village. The ski school is based here, the chairlifts run that bit slower to help novices master the chairlifts and there are some nice mellow trails to help find your ski legs on.
Intermediates will love the long blue cruisers that fan out above the main village. There are several fantastic trails off the Timberline Express and at the American Flyer lift. Before heading to the more advanced skiing test your technique on Copper’s most challenging blue trail; andy’s encore.
The further east you look, the more advanced the runs become. Advanced skiers should start their day at the East Village and jump on the Super Bee high speed chair that gives access to the summit and the upper mountain in under 8 minutes. There’s plenty of great skiing here for advanced skiers including several bowls, great tree skiing and some great moguls runs.
One of the signature experiences for advanced skiers at Copper Mountain is to go on the free Tucker Mountain Snowcat Tour. This is the ultimate Copper Mountain thrill. Advanced skiers can ski into Copper Bowl and try the heated snow-cat ride to the top of Tucker Mountain for an ‘inbounds backcountry experience’ organised by ski patrol when conditions allow. Recent improvements to the snow-cat fleet ensures that skiers can quickly access the ridge at 12,337ft to ski some of the best high alpine terrain in Colorado. The Cat runs from 10:30 to 13:30 on selected days.
Over the last few years, the resort has seen some major investment which has transformed Copper Mountain into a small, family friendly destination resort with ski terrain to rival some of its more famous neighbours.
The main base is the friendly relaxed pedestrianised ‘Village at Copper’, complete with heated walkways connecting all the dining, shopping, apres and accommodation in an attractive compact village base, right at the foot of the resorts middle mountain.
You’ll find everything you’ll need here including a small supermarket, 12 restaurants, 11 bars and a nightclub all offering a variety of dining and apres venues. Snow Unlimited guests also receive complimentary access to the Copper Mountain Racquet & Athletic Club which has excellent facilities, including an indoor pool, hot tubs and sauna.
The resort operates a free shuttle service around the three base areas every 15 minutes and you can use the Free Summit buses to visit the neighbouring ski resorts of Keystone and Breckenridge. You can also use the Summit buses to explore the nearby town of Frisco and the Factory shopping outlets at Silverthorne.
We give Copper Mountain top marks for uncrowded slopes, snow quality and the naturally divided ski areas that make it an easy layout to navigate around the 2,465 acres of skiable terrain. The compact Village offers a relaxed, comfortable base with plenty of good value slope-side accommodation.
Copper Mountain is a great base if you’re thinking of going on a multi-resort road trip, with the nearby resorts of Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek all within an hours drive from the resort.