As Copper is naturally divided, it’s best to stay in an area based on where you’ll be spending most of your time on the slopes. The base is divided into East Village (below advanced/intermediate slopes), the Village at Copper or Center Village (below intermediates slopes) and West Village (below beginners slopes).
Copper Mountain has everything from studios to large luxury houses available. Most of the places in Copper Mountain’s base village are two to four-bedroom condos, but there are options to suit any size group or any budget. You’ll get a good bang for your buck here with prices cheaper than Vail or Aspen, with budget lodging very competitive with even Breckenridge.
In Copper, the three village areas are all rather compact, so even though not all the properties are truly ski-in/ski-out, none of them are all that far from the lifts. There’s also a complimentary shuttle in case you’re hauling the whole family’s gear around or if you’ve gone a little too hard on the slopes!
All the village areas have tidy, modern buildings arranged around pleasantly walkable promenades and streets. West Ten Mile Creek runs through all three of them. So what has each village got to offer? We’ll give you the low-down.
East Village is best for advanced and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. It is the first area you’ll arrive at and has convenient access to the Super Bee six-person high-speed chair which serves mostly advanced trails and a smattering of intermediate runs. Lodging options start from $100.
The Village at Copper, or the Center Village, is the busiest village of all three and is well-suited for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Burning Stones Plaza located in front of Copper One Lodge, at the base of the American Eagle lift, is the hub of it all. It offers the largest selection of accommodation, amenities, activities and close proximity to one of the ski school locations. While it’s not a party town like Breckenridge, there is entertainment, dining, and people watching (if that’s your thing).
To get up the mountain, the American Eagle lift offers access to mostly intermediate terrain – and plenty of it – while the adjacent American Flyer lift angles off toward the west, offering even more blue runs, access to higher-mountain advanced trails, and some nice, long greens that free the novices from being confined to lower-mountain bunny hills.
The West Village offers quieter accommodations and is best for beginners. This is where you’ll find some of the higher end options including the Union Creek Townhomes which offers convenient access to a wealth of green terrain - just go up the Union Creek, Kokomo and Lumberjack chairs! The schoolhouse in the Union Creek Lodge is also home to a few of the resort’s ski school children’s programs.
For even more budget-friendly options, head over to neighboring towns Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne. In these towns, you’ll be able to find plenty vacation home rentals and more conventional hotel-style accommodations. Frisco is 10 minutes drive from Copper while Dillon and Silverthorne less than 5 minutes drive.
It takes about 10-15 minutes to walk from the Center Village to each of the other two village areas, and about a half hour to walk from one end to the other. Definitely do-able if you’re not lugging skis!
If you rented a car, most condos have their own parking lots. If they happen to get full – or you’re staying elsewhere and driving to Copper for the day – have no fear: there are free lots for you to park in. The free lots are at the entrance of the resort, so they’re a little far from the village. Copper Mountain has its own free bus system that shuttles guests from the parking lots to each of the three village areas. Pay lots, running $10 to $30, offer closer parking, but the ride from the free lots is usually only about five minutes.
There’s no taxi service in the Copper Mountain’s base area, but there is the Copper Coach. It offers overnight guests and homeowners free on-demand rides to anywhere within the Copper Community between 8:30am and 11:00pm. The Coach typically comes to pick you up within about 20 minutes.
UberSKI launched in Summit County last season, which can get you to the hill of your choice. If you request an UberSKI driver, the vehicle will have enough room for four passengers and their gear for an extra $6. To give you a guide of pricing, Uber’s site estimates a ride from Copper to Breckenridge will cost $24 to $32 for UberX or $30 to $38 for UberSKI. Uber fares vary with driver availability and demand.