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.

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 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 98 reviews

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Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 21, 2017
CJCollin J.
advanced snowboarder
I grew up riding at copper mountain, it was a great place to learn how to ride. There is a wide variety of terrain, and I was able to progress from riding groomers to riding steep glades and cliff drops. I still enjoy going back to copper!... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 21, 2017
JBJeffrey B.
advanced snowboarder
After staying at the resort for five days and experiencing other resorts from Vancouver to Mt Killington. Very good snow with a very good bass very good grooming nice park The best half pipe I've ever seen 20 feet walls. ... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 20, 2017
DSDavis S.
expert snowboarder
I love Copper, they have a variety of terrain and a free cat for some back country fun. They also have a good begginer terrain park as well as an awesome terrain park for the much more advanced.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 19, 2017
CBCody B.
advanced snowboarder
Copper has been my go to resort in the past. The terrain has many different features. The village had standard resort fare for lunch/dinner. I would recommend Copper to my family and friends. ... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 12, 2017
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 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 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

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