Copper Mountain - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Copper Mountain - Ski Resort in American Rockies (2960m to 3780m)
One of the world's highest (and best) ski resorts (with North America's highest golf course in the summer) offers skiing for all standards from a year-round purpose-built and largely car-free resort complex.
Key Facts for Copper Mountain
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The American ski resort of Copper Mountain has direct access to 118 individual pistes, served by 21 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Copper Mountain is able to augment natural snow, with 289 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 21 Ski Lifts of Copper Mountain are able to uplift 30,630 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are two Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Copper Mountain are perfectly feasible. Vail/Eagle Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Copper Mountain
Copper has great skiing and riding for all ability levels with its naturally divided terrain. Starting from the west-side of the resort moving east the terrain gets increasingly more difficult, with expert terrain located above and in the back bowls.
Beginners tend to get started at Union Creek where there are long easy runs like Roundabout and Soliloquy. In addition, beginners can gain knowledge of skiing or riding in the Green Acres learning area, where a lift ticket is very economical. Intermediates have a great variety of trails to enjoy in the center part of Copper Mountain and in the Timberline lift area, with some local’s favorites including Collage, Main Vein and Jacque’s Pique trails.
Experienced skiers and riders can enjoy advanced and expert terrain on the East side of the mountain and in Copper’s high alpine terrain, with the addition of a couple new trails, Free Fall and Black Bear Glades, accessed from the Alpine or Super Bee lifts.
In addition, Copper’s free snowcat rides to legendary Tucker Mountain are the essence of skiing and riding liberty: catching a free ride, choosing your own line and never wiping the smile off your face. Tucker Mountain and Copper Bowl offer expert skiers and riders access to over 273 acres and 1,200 vertical feet of Copper’s high alpine back bowls. Terrain is accessible by hiking, a free snowcat ride or a combination of both. Snowcat access is on a first-come, first served basis. To reach the Tucker Mountain Snowcat, ride the American Flyer lift and then catch the Rendezvous lift. From there, continue on the Otto Bahn trail to the Snowcat meeting area.
Copper has its own cross-country centre and also organises special rentals and tuition for snow sports like telemark. Weekend back country tours are organised throughout the season over to Janet's Cabin. The cabin gives splendid isolation for whatever you'd like to do from reading a book in front of the fire, to snow shoeing, or checking out the bowls above the cabin near Searle Pass and Sugarloaf Mountain, which were used by the US Army's 10 Mountain division ski troops for winter training during the second world war.
Snowboarding in Copper Mountain
Copper's main terrain park, Catalyst, located on the Loverly trail accessed by the American Flyer lift, includes a natural progression of large to giant tabletops, hip features, and an 18-foot half pipe. Halfway through the park, a rail section boasts a variety of flat, kinked and rainbow rails and boxes Scattered throughout the park are a number of additional features of varying sizes and degrees of difficulty, all designed for optimum flow. Other features include the famed Main Vein Superpipe, one of the first to open in North America each winter.
The Kidz Terrain Park located off the top of the American Flyer lift. offers a training ground just for children with mini rails, boxes, jumps and a new mini-piping allow them to session at their own pace before getting up the nerve to hang with the big boys.
Located at the top of the American Eagle lift, the Eagle Jib park is open on the first day of the season and typically stays open all season. There are a multitude of rails and boxes that promote progression in a relaxed environment. Solitude Station is adjacent to the park and offers a place to warm up from the cold, get some food, and hang out with your friends.
Major skiing and snowboarding events are one of the focuses of Copper's special events calendar and each year Copper also hosts its annual Copper Series - the longest-running amateur snowboard race series in North America.
Copper Mountain Aprés Ski
Copper does has a reputation for limited night-life - an image that's clearly in the firing line of the redesigned Copper resort's planners who want to keep those attracted to the slopes in the resort after night falls. There are already some top night spots however, including Kokomo's - named one of the top après-ski venues in the nation by Ski Magazine - or you can take a quiet drink at The Pub.
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Copper Mountain in brief
Copper Mountain Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Copper Mountain Season Dates
Opened : November 1, 2013.
Closes : April 13, 2014.
Usual opening - Early Nov.
Usual closing - Mid April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Copper Mountain.