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Copper Mountain Ski Resort Review

Copper Mountain Ski Area is one of our favorite ski areas - it's got some great runs, it's not as crowded, it's reasonably priced, and it has a variety of lodging, fun apres ski, and some good restaurants. Copper is often referred to by the locals as the perfect ski mountain - some of the lightest powder and blue sunny skies. And Copper Mountain Ski Area has some fantastic terrain that is suitable for all skill levels - long tree lined groomed trails, open powder filled back bowls, easy to challenging intermediate runs, steep black diamond mogul runs, and a top of the line terrain park, including an indoor park. Service at Copper Mountain is very good and friendly and the mountain is very kid and family friendly.

Here are some stats on Copper Mountain:

  • Elevation: Summit 12,313,Base: 9712
  • Miles from Denver
  • 280 inches of average Snowfall
  • Three distinct areas with restaurants, lessons, rentals and more - East Village, The Village at Copper, and Union Creek
  • 2,450 skiable acres
  • 4 bowls and 4 mountains
  • 25 kilometers of cross country trails
  • 3 on-mountain restaurants and 8 picnic tables
  • Tubing hill with 3 fun tracks and a tube and people conveyor
  • 21 lifts - 1 high speed six passenger, 4 high speed quads, 5 triple chairs, 5 double chairs, 2 surface lifts, 4 conveyor lifts
  • Lift capacity of 32,324 skiers per hour
  • 126 trails - the longest is 1.7 miles and the longest path down is 2.7 miles
  • Terrain: 21% beginner, 25% intermediate, 36% advanced, 18% expert
  • Terrain Parks - 3 parks, one of which is Kidz Terrain Park
  • Public race arena and timed NASTAR runs
  • Kids ski school
One side of Copper Mountain

One of the other reasons we like Copper Mountain is because it's terrain is naturally divided into three areas which helps separate skiers and chair riders by their skiing ability. Beginners can explore and learn how to ski on a variety of long green runs on the west side of the mountain - Round About runs from the top of lift, around the west side, and down to the base. The middle section of Copper Mountains allows intermediate skiers to enjoy a variety of trails and runs from the top of the mountain to the bottom. The blue intermediate runs (like Bittersweet or Andy's Encore) range from wide groomers to some fairly steep moguls and trees along the side of the runs. The east side of the mountain is for the experts - steep bumpy runs like Triple Treat, narrow trails like Drain Pipe, plus some huge double diamond bowls with up to 50 degree pitch. Experts can hike the West Ridge of Copper Bowl or take a free ride in the Tucker Mountain Snowcat to the top of the Copper Bowl. Each section of Copper Mountain has a base area with ski lifts, ticket sales, rentals, restaurants and more - East Village, The Village of Copper (the main hub of most of the activity, shops, restaurants, and lodging), and Union Creek. Click here to see an interactive trail map and here to see a map of the Copper Mountain villages.

Back bowls at Copper MountainA couple fun runs at Copper Mountain Ski ResortGetting some air at Copper Mountain Ski areaGreat runs at Copper Mountain

Our favorites include:

Snowbiking at Copper Mountain Copper Adventures offers snowmobiling, scenic sleigh rides, dinner sleigh rides, and dog sledding. Ice Skating, Snowshoeing, Tubing, Snowmobiling, Sleigh Rides, Dog Sledding, Cross Country Skiing, Racquet and Athletic Club, Spa Facilities. There are also free guided snowshoe tours, ice skating, snowshoeing, cross country trails, spa facilities, swimming and tennis and more at the athletic club. Copper Mountain is also one of the few mountains that allows ski bike and you can rent them from Front Range Snowbikes - what a fun and painless way to enjoy the mountain, read about our experience Snowbiking on Copper Mountain.

In addition to some excellent ski runs, Copper Mountain also has four on mountain terrain parks with jumps, jibs, rails, fun boxes, snowcross, quarter pipes, half pipes, super pipes, and other constructed and natural features. Signs help identify the smaller, medium, and larger features. Woodward at Copper is the first and only indoor/outdoor ski and snowboard camp and training facility in the world. The Barn is open to the public for skiing, boarding, or skateboard camps, training, or practice all within it's 20,000 square foot terrain park. You can safely practice jumps, flips, rails, and more plus get coaching and tips and techniques. They offer both summer and winter camps at Woodward at Copper for skiing, snowboarding, and skateboarding. Some of what you'll find in The Barn includes:

One of the Terrain Parks at Copper MountainPart of Woodward Pipe at Copper Mountain Terrain ParkFoam pit at Woodward at Copper Mountain

During your visit, make sure you check the events calendar - you'll find several fun winter events like races, torchlight parades, street entertainers, snowboard races, and lots more. The Village at Copper Mountain is the main hub for lodging, shopping, eating, and partying. There are a number of restaurants ranging from traditional American to Chinese, Japanese, and Mexican. The C.B. Grille is the one fine dining restaurant in the Village, it has beautiful high country infused cuisine with dishes like roast rack of elk and smoked Alaskan salmon. The Storm King Lounge has a fresh sushi bar while Pizza Carlo specializes in gourmet pizzas, calzones and hot subs. In the East Village JJ’s Rocky Mountain Tavern serves Colorado beef steaks, grilled seafood and pasta dishes.

Nightlife at Copper is pretty low key with one nightclub and a couple of bars that stay open until after midnight. Jack’s Bar kicks off the après ski entertainment from 3pm onwards with live band performances and cocktails. Copper’s only nightclub Pravda is a Russian vodka and dance club stocking over 30 different types of vodka with DJs playing regularly. It’s not unusual to see late night party goers dancing on the bar!

You'll find a variety of lodging at the base of the mountain that is within walking distance of the lifts. There are standard rooms, private homes, and one to five bedroom fully equipped condos.

Bottom line - a fun family oriented mountain with average night life, good terrain, fun runs, and not as crowded as some of the other areas.

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