Copper Mountain

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Copper mountain
Susan Brown
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Susan Brown

Pros

  • Early season skiing supported by extensive snowmaking
  • Naturally divided ski terrain (beginner, intermediate, advanced terrain all separated) - particuarly ideal for intermediates
  • Free snowcat Friday-Sunday! Gives access to above-treeline skiing when there's snow
  • Laid-back atmosphere and family-friendly

Cons

  • Slightly less snow compared to other Summit County ski resorts
  • Solid ski area, but with no real standout runs
  • Mellow après ski scene

Overall

4.7

What makes Copper Mountain unique is its natural mountain topography which naturally divides ski areas based on ability. Advanced trails are in the east, beginners on the right and intermediates in between! Beginners don’t need to worry about taking a wrong turn and end up in over their heads, while advanced skiers can go all out without avoiding novices. For the experts, Copper has some killer off-piste terrain, including bowls and hike-to terrain with CAT access. The resort also has its fair share of terrain parks with everything from a beginner level small sculpted terrain park, to a super pipe for the park rats, to a year-round indoor facility with free-skiing and foam pits.

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Best month to go

January to early April

Avoid

December

The best times to go are anywhere from January through early April. While December can be good for snow, the resort can be a little slow to open all of its terrain. During the early part of the season around November, the resort is home to race camps, which can make for a slightly crowded environment. Historically, March tends to be the snowiest month of the year at Copper, so your odds of catching a powder day are good. On the other hand, it also tends to be one of the resort’s shuttleiest times for lodging, second only to Christmas.If you do brave the crowds to come at Christmas time, though, be sure to enjoy the lights and decorations in the village, the kids will love the visit from Santa himself, and everyone will get a kick out of the ski school instructors’ torchlight parade and fireworks!The last couple weeks of April can be fun for that spring skiing experience, but be aware that the resort will usually start closing parts of the terrain early in the month. The back bowls are usually the first to close due to their southern-facing exposures, which makes them the first to start melting come the spring.
Airplane

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

Car

DRIVE/SHUTTLE TO

Copper Mountain (3-4 hours)

Base of Copper Mountain (Walk)

  • Made up of three compact villages
  • All properties are close to lifts, some true ski-in/ski-out
  • Easy to walk between all three villages

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Dillon/Silverthorne (10-15 mi)

  • Both towns are around 20 mins drive away
  • Inexpensive lodging
  • Limited nightlife

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For beginners

Thanks to Copper's naturally divided terrain, the west side is perfect for beginners with tons of easy terrain that sits away from the more experienced crowds. The long, wide and gentle slopes off the Kokomo and Lumberjack lifts are especially perfect for newbies!

More beginners tips

For intermediates

Intermediates can find runs to ski all over the resort but will probably want to hang around the center of the mountain where most of the blues are found. Those looking to take it to the next level can get a taste of the back bowls with Otto Bahn, a solid blue.

More intermediates tips

For experts

The east side is where it's at for advanced and experts. For our favorite run, start off under the Sierra lift and dive into the trees at the bottom of Kaboom, where you'll find the snow stays fresh all thanks to Copper's north facing aspect.

More experts tips

Find freshies

Freshies get tracked out quick here, so take the snowcat and hike up to Tucker Mountain for the best fresh stuff.

Ditch the crowds

The base area lifts can quite busy and the runs under the American Eagle lift can get crowded. Instead, opt for lifts like Super Bee, Resolution and Alpine. They sit on the edge of the resort and give access to advanced terrain and long mogul runs.

Non skiers

Non-skiers will have a range of activities to choose from including snowmobiling, tubing and ice-skating. The Athletic Club also offers a gym, hot tub, saunas and steam rooms for those just looking to relax indoors.

Families

Copper is one of our favorite family-friendly resorts in Colorado! It's got a laid-back kid-friendly atmosphere and has all the activities and facilities to match it such as the Woodward Copper Barn. Copper's tubing hill is also a family favorite!

Copper Mountain vs
Copper MountainArapahoe Basin
beginner21 %10 %
intermediate25 %30 %
advanced36 %37 %
expert18 %23 %
total runs142 109
ski area2,490ac 960ac
summit elevation12,312ft 13,050ft
total lifts23 8
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$150 $100
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall146″ 179″

Copper Mountain Reviews

Fabulous

4.4 / 5

based on 85 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Have your say on Copper Mountain
Superb!

4.7 / 5

May 25, 2018
Kate H. Kate H.
intermediate skier
Absolutely wonderful family holiday! Beautiful small village with all you need! Easy walk to the lifts..terrain for all levels of skiing! Great and varied restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner - we ate out 7 nights in a roww with a different experience eaxh night - all hrest food from mexican to Japanese and fine dining. Baby sitter available... More
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Apr 30, 2018
Paul H. Paul H.
advanced skier
My family of five (13,11, 7 and two adults) spent 10 days at Copper. It was the best family ski holiday we have had. We enrolled the older two boys to Woodward lessons which concentrated on park skiing and the youngest did all mountain lessons. We were originally only going to send them to 3 days worth of lessons, but they enjoyed them so much... More
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Apr 24, 2018
Charles W. Charles W.
advanced skier
Copper Mountainis the Colorado locals mountain. Less glitz and glam than Vail or Aspen, but the snow and the runs do not disappoint. Super easy access from the highway with ample parking and less crowds means more time on the slopes. Get back to Copper Bowl on the backside after some fresh snow and you'll feel a thousand miles away in a winter... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jan 30, 2018
JSJo S.
intermediate skier
I came here for a family trip in January, conditions were fabulous, minimal ice, I like how the mountain is set up by levels, which makes it extremely easier to be able to stick to one area without getting lost. We had several beginners, intermediates and advanced in my family so we could be able to plan accordingly. I highly recommended going... More
Good!

3.9 / 5

Dec 06, 2017
JOJordan O.
advanced snowboarder
Been riding at Copper for years and it has never disappointed. Great naturally divided terrain keeps everyone pretty separated throughout the mountain. Awesome groomers on those sunny Colorado days, and great back bowls on those deep days. The trees could be a little better but they are there if you know where to go.... More
Superb!

4.7 / 5

Dec 04, 2017
PHPeter H.
advanced skier
Wonderful long well kept runs, glorious and beautiful terrain. Definately one of the best resorts in Summit county. Parking and access was easy, lift tickets are 50% off if you have a buddy with a season pass - I did not and paid $105, but the runs made this resort still worth it - even in the early season.... More
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
BLBen L.
intermediate snowboarder
Really good back country access! Head to the east part of the mountain for more advanced runs and fun in the bowls. Plenty of areas to hike to and even CAT options available although I only hiked when I went. Some nice areas for beginners too.... More
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
JJustin
advanced snowboarder
Copper seems to have the best overall experience for all levels of any of the Colorado that I've ridden. From gentle greens to cat serviced yet in-bounds Tucker Mountain, this resort has something to offer every level of skier/rider. ... More
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
ECEduardo C.
intermediate snowboarder
What else is there to say about copper mountain besides the fact that is is most definitely huge! There were so many people when I went to snowboard with some friends but nonetheless parking wasn't an issue nor was waiting in a line for a long time at any of the lifts. They had a variety of different terrains ranging from begginer to advanced, also... More
Good!

3.7 / 5

Nov 27, 2017
ZFZeb F.
advanced skier
Copper is a great mountain for the family and beginners, as it has a ton of mellow terrain for people to learn on. It is also very easily accessible being right off of I-70 a short drive from Denver.... More
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