- 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
- Slightly less snow compared to other Summit County ski resorts
- Solid ski area, but with no real standout runs
- Mellow après ski scene
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.
January to early April
Denver International Airport
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
Dillon/Silverthorne (10-15 mi)
- Both towns are around 20 mins drive away
- Inexpensive lodging
- Limited nightlife
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
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
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
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 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.
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||Arapahoe Basin|
|beginner||21 %||10 %|
|intermediate||25 %||30 %|
|advanced||36 %||37 %|
|expert||18 %||23 %|
|child lift ticket||Free||Free|
|adult lift ticket||$150||$100|
|value for money|
|average total snowfall||146″||179″|