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.

More beginners tips

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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Superb!5 / 5Oct 21, 2017
We love copper mountain, if your looking for a "home" resort, you found it! Never too crowded, fresh powder all season long. Not to mention the best deals for people new to the sport (ski and ride University)
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 20, 2017
RDRobert D.
I really enjoyed my time at Copper. I spent two days over two separate weekends during the 16/17 season. On both occasions I took lessons. If you are a new skier and will be at Copper for at least three days, check out their Ski & Ride University. 3 days of lessons, with rentals. After three lessons you get a season pass. I kick myself for... More
Average!3 / 5Oct 20, 2017
EWEvan W.
Copper Mountain is okay but definitely for the tourists and park rats, or those who don't know what good snow is. Every time I've been here, it's dust on crust. Some good runs, but there are better mountains!
Superb!5 / 5Oct 20, 2017
OGOsvaldo G.
Great resort, great runs, enjoyed last season. Hopefully able to hit some runs at copper mountain this season. Copper has some really good runs also great small park for one to learn how to do small jumps and rails.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 17, 2017
SMShawn M.
I've been going to Copper for 20+ years and it's still a top favorite. Great mountain for all skill levels. Very nice accommodations and packaged. Not too far from Denver. All around great place.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 17, 2017
My favorite. Copper has the best terrain in a condensed area. No wasted time on cat walks and lots of lifts to get where you need. Not as crowded as other resorts near summit also.
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 17, 2017
EDHErik D. H.
After having taught at Copper for ten years I'm happy to say that it is an awesome place to ride! The culture there is more laid back than most of the surrounding resorts other than A-Basin. The terrain is as advertised, naturally separated, providing increases in overall safety and a great experience. There are few areas where large numbers of... More
Average!3 / 5Oct 17, 2017
EDHErik D. H.
After having taught at Copper for ten years I'm happy to say that it is an awesome place to ride! The culture there is more laid back than most of the surrounding resorts other than A-Basin. The terrain is as advertised, naturally separated, providing increases in overall safety and a great experience. There are few areas where large numbers of... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 17, 2017
MFMichael F.
Copper has always been so fun from the park to the trees to the steep and deep. Love this mountain and the vibe. Started skiing there when I was a young buck and have continued to ski there because it's so amazing. Great staff, no lines, and such a great all mountain resort.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 16, 2017
JKJustin K.
I went to this ski resort last year and I was amazed at how awesome it was. It was my second time skiing and had a blast. Great service, amazing location, what more could you want? 5/5 would ski here again.

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