Copper Mountain

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Copper mountain
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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.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

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 84 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!

5 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
CJCaleb J.
expert skier
Copper mountain is the best of the non-big resorts! It’s small enough that you don’t get the crowds of Breck and Keystone, but big enough that you get a great variety of terrain.... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Nov 13, 2017
IFIsaiah F.
beginner snowboarder
This is a great place can't wait to come back. Brought the family and the kids a couple years ago loved it. They are still talking about it and keep asking when we can come back. ... More
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
AHArtie H.
advanced skier
Naturally divided terrain gives skiers and riders of all abilities top to bottom skiing. Just off I-70 its extremely easy to get to. Only unfortunate part is you must take a shuttle from the free parking lot or pay to park in a lot close to the hill. ... More
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
JJason
intermediate skier
This is the last great family friendly resort in Colorado that has not been ruined by Vail Resorts. The resort is great for families that have a mixture of different levels. The lodging and facilities are top notch and won’t break the bank. ... More
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Nov 10, 2017
CEChris E.
advanced skier
I love going to Copper Mountain for my annual ski vacation. It never disappoints! There are plenty of runs and the lifts move quickly. Definitely love the powder days that are relatively frequent at Copper. I can't wait for this season. ... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 10, 2017
KGKevin G.
expert skier
I've been a ski instructor at Copper for the past 5 years. The division of terrain is great for all levels of skier. The ski school and people who run the resort are top notch and very eager to make their resort even better. Great snow, great terrain, easy to get to, and great people! What else could you want?!... More
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 10, 2017
SKScott K.
advanced snowboarder
Copper Mountain is the best mountain in Colorado in my opinion. It’s unique layout from East, Center & West village allows for skiers/riders of all levels to pick which side they want to explore. Great mountain!!... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 09, 2017
ABAdam B.
advanced skier
Terrain is varied and has something for everyone. A solidly designed lift system allows wick access from different parts of the mountain affording the opportunity to ski vastly different terrain without ridding multiple lifts. ... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 09, 2017
RRyan
advanced snowboarder
This was one of the most memorable snowbaording experiences ever. We went as a group there was 5 of us my brother,a buddy of mine and two dudes from the Metherlamds. We stayed up on the mountain and had the time of our lives. I just happened to be college week and there was plenty going on far as entertainment after a day of boarsing. We also sat... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Nov 09, 2017
NANick A.
intermediate snowboarder
Copper Mountain was amazing! It was well groomed and had amazing tree runs -with unbelievable amounts of fresh powder. Short lines also made for plenty of runs. It was overall the best experience i've had at any resort... More
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