Copper Mountain

Susan Brown
SnowPak Local Insider
Susan Brown
  • Early season skiing supported by extensive snowmaking
  • Naturally divided ski terrain (all levels are separated) - particularly ideal for intermediates
  • Free snowcat Friday-Sunday! Gives access to above-treeline skiing when there's snow
  • Laid-back atmosphere and family-friendly
  • Slightly less snow compared to other Summit County ski resorts
  • Solid ski area, but with no real standout runs
  • Mellow après ski scene

Copper Mountain Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Copper Springs at East Village by Copper Mountain Lodging
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
49% off $1,094
Passage Point at Center Village by Copper Mountain Lodging
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
40% off $1,912
Colorado Rocky Mountain Resorts - Frisco
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
34% off $2,800

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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 in the west 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 Mountain 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.

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January to early April



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 Mountain, so your odds of catching a powder day are good. On the other hand, it also tends to be one of the resort’s busiest 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 last couple weeks of April can be fun for that spring skiing experience, but be aware that Copper Mountain will 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.


Denver International Airport


Copper Mountain (3-4 hours)

Base of Copper Mountain (Walk)

  • Made up of three compact villages: East, Center and West Village
  • All lodging options 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 take around 20 mins to drive to Copper Mountain
  • Inexpensive lodging location
  • Limited nightlife suitable for those who want a quiet lodge

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For beginners

Copper Mountain naturally divides the terrain. The west side is perfect for beginners with tons of easy terrain that sits away from the more experienced crowds.

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For intermediates

Intermediates can ski all over the resort but will probably want to hang around the center of Copper 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.

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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 Mountain facing north.

More experts tips

Find freshies

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

Ditch the crowds

The base area lifts can get quite busy and 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 in Copper Mountain, including snowmobiling, tubing and ice-skating. The Athletic Club also offers a gym, hot tub, saunas and steam rooms.


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 Mountain

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
back country
value for money
average total snowfall146″ 180″

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Copper Mountain Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 99 reviews

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Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 30, 2017
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 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 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
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 26, 2017
KDKevin D.
expert skier
Been to most everything in Colorado and Copper is a great, no BS place with great staff and terrain. Always a "go to" when I head to Colorado that I highly recommend. ... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 25, 2017
MGMike G.
intermediate snowboarder
I love this mountain. It is never overcrowded. The trails are challenging and enjoyable. I am currently moving to Breckenridge. If I won a pass...Holy shit that would be wicked awsome.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 25, 2017
MGMike G.
intermediate snowboarder
I love this place. When other mountains are crowded, Copper is always like a private spot. The trails are challenging and enjoyable. I would definitely move from San Diego to Breckenridge area if I won a pass.... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
When you are looking for a Colorado ski trip or destination you should definitely consider Copper. Has every type of terrain to suite every level of rider or skier and in abundance. Since the mountain is so expansive you can avoid the crowds most of the time, but of course can wait in lines on typical busier days. Killer trail and facility... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 24, 2017
JVJustin V.
advanced snowboarder
Incredible terrain for all types of riders. The little city at the bottom of the hill makes the resort cozy and makes you really feel like you're in a winter wonderland. Easy access with buses to all the towns nearby on I-70 and friendly people everywhere at a great price. ... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 22, 2017
expert skier
One of the most accessible places in Colorado to ski a wide variety of great terrain. I've spent 4 years going here 30+ days a year and never seem to run out of great lines and fun runs. They have great lodging specials and a very relaxed and unpretentious vibe in the villages at the base.... More

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