Copper Mountain

Susan Brown
SnowPak Local Insider
Susan Brown
  • 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.

17/18 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, 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.


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

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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!

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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.


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
back country
value for money
average total snowfall146″ 179″

Copper Mountain Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 85 reviews

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Very Good!4 / 5Oct 10, 2017
DKDavid K.
Copper is my go to resort. It has great steeps, snow and restaurants. The Tucker Mountain snow cat operation is great and you can always find good snow if you're willing to hike a little ways.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 09, 2017
EMEthan M.
Best place to ski in summit county. The lift lines are not like the other mtns. A lot of terrain to choose from, the steeps in the backs the trees, the park, or just a groomer.
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 07, 2017
Copper Mountain has great terrain for all ability levels. Being along interstate 70 in Colorado, it's easy to get to, especially convenient if you are coming from Denver and don't want to drive over Vail pass.
Superb!5 / 5Sep 29, 2017
DBWDavid B W.
really enjoyed getting buddy passes from friends and only paying 50$ for an all day ticket. that kind of discounting makes me want to get a pass here. really great runs. definitely an undercut to vail but with the prices lower and slightly closer a very good deal for what you get.
Superb!5 / 5Nov 28, 2013
No matter where you stay you can walk to the lifts. Plus 80% of the lodging is new
Superb!5 / 5Aug 01, 2013
Great place, always fantastic service. Always have a lot of fun on the snow and after in Jacks.
Average!3 / 5Jan 23, 2013
Close to Boulder
Very Good!4 / 5Jan 11, 2013
at copper mtn, they were very friendly and helpful. The accomadations and activities that were available were very enjoyable.
Superb!5 / 5Nov 21, 2012
This was a terrific resort for us when we were taking small children. Varied terrain, long long blue runs, and easy access to the child care center.
Superb!5 / 5Jul 28, 2012
Copper has Backbowls that are more challenging then Vail and other resorts close by. Great moutain terrain. A skiers resort!

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