Copper Mountain is always worth the trip. It’s a big mountain with a lot of different terrain options: groomers, steeps, bowls, trees. Copper offers a big mountain experience within an hour and a half drive from Denver.
It’s one of the least crowded ski resorts in Summit County, compared to Breck, Keystone and A Basin. The views around Copper are spectacular and the terrain is great too. Unlimited skiing at Copper Mountain is included in the Rocky Mountain Super Pass, which also offers riding at Winter Park and Steamboat.
The terrain on the front side of the mountain is mostly blue groomers with some more difficult runs near the top. The back of Copper Mountain consists of bowl skiing at the top which leads into groomers at the bottom.
The mountain is full of everything: easy learning areas, fast groomers, steeps, bumps. cliffs, chutes, cornices, bowls, hike access, trees, and freestyle parks. Copper’s terrain is naturally divided in difficulty and slope from east to west. There are 126 total runs.
The west side of the resort, (the right side looking at trail map) is full of green and blue runs. In the center of the mountain is intermediate terrain, fun for anyone looking for long, faster groomers. On the east side is expert steeps and bumps.
The backside is full of breathtaking mountain scenery and big bowl skiing. If you are into tree skiing, this would be the place to go. Copper Mountain offers free Tucker Mountain snow cat rides to powder stashes on certain days, mostly weekends.
Copper is the place to go to learn tricks and jibs. They have an indoor facility to practice year round called Woodward. They also have a big terrain park on the mountain called Catalyst where you can show off want you learned in the foam pits of Woodward.
There is a terrain park full of features at the top of the American Eagle chair lift. Just like the terrain at copper, the terrain park varies in difficulty from east to west. At the base of the Central Village is a giant superpipe.
Copper Mountain has three base villages, East, Central, and Union Creek. Central Village is the main one with the most restaurants, bar, shopping and activities like a rock climbing wall and an outdoor ice rink. The resort also features snow tubing.
Lodging is available throughout town and nearby Summit County. You’ll easily be able to find all levels of accommodations. Both free and paid parking is available at Copper. Free direct shuttles will take you from the Alpine Lot free lot to the base villages.
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Address: 209 Ten Mile Circle, Copper Mountain, CO
Season: early November-mid April
Lift Hours: 8:30/9am-4pm
- Elevation: 9,712 ft (2,926 m) – 12,313 ft (3,767 m)
- Vertical – 2,738 ft (835 m)
- Ski Area: 2,490 acres (985 hectares)
- Average Snowfall: 305 in (774 cm)
Trail Map: Copper Mountain (jpg)