Copper Mountain

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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.

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 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 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.

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

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

Find accommodations around here

Dillon/Silverthorne (10-15 mi)

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

Find accommodations around here

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
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
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
ESEric S.
intermediate snowboarder
Plenty of space and runs for all skill levels. Holds snow well throughout the whole season. Great variety of food and drink spots with many affordable options. The health club is also a great perk of lodging.... More
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
AWAustin W.
intermediate skier
Copper Mountain has been a great resort to visit. The lifts are generally top of the line and the lines move quickly. The snow at copper is on par with any major resort in Colorado. The only thing I wish there were more of is restaurants and apres ski.... More
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
JFJames F.
intermediate snowboarder
Love all the resorts in Colorado. Wish I could quit my job and live up there for half the year. Lol. Some of the best snow I have been on is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... More
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
KRKevin R.
advanced skier
One of my favorite places to ski! One of those wonderful colorado mountains where you can progress from a beginner to an expert and still have plenty of space to ski. Love it!... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
KRKevin R.
intermediate skier
Copper is a skiers paradise. There is just about something for everyone; at all levels and ages. I only started going there a few years ago and its the one resort that allows me to continue to both progress and explore new territory.... More
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
JWJonathan W.
advanced snowboarder
I love Copper. It is cheaper than other resorts in the area, but you still get great terrain. It is easy to get to from Denver International Airport, but traffic can be slow on Friday night/Saturday morning and Sunday night. ... More
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
LMLogan M.
expert skier
Copper Mountain is a unique resort. The layout of the mountain seperates skiers and boarders naturally by ability. This allows you to leave the beginner crowds behind on busy days and provides many nooks and crannies where you can still find pockets of fresh powder days after a storm and areas where you can avoid the lift lines. The beginner area... More
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
CKCharlie K.
advanced snowboarder
Love it! Copper was my first snowboarding experience in Colorado and it was totally the bomb! Great snow, cool people, beautiful scenery. I can't wait to go back again! See you this winter Copper!!!... More
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
LLuke
intermediate snowboarder
My favorite places to board! Drove multiple times from Minnesota to board here, eventually I just had to move out to Colorado to board here more. The town is awesome and super friendly!... More
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