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Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain Ski Resort Guide

Copper Mountain, United States

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift3,780m12,402ft
Resort Height2,960m9,711ft
 Nearest AirportsVail/Eagle and Denver International
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Copper Mountain

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.

Summary

The American ski resort of Copper Mountain is in the American Rockies at an altitude of 2,960m9,711ft.

Copper Mountain has direct access to 118 marked pistes, served by a total of 21 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,960m9,711ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,780m12,402ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Copper Mountain?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Copper Mountain.

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Ski Area Stats

Copper Mountain Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
69
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
33
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
36
Cross Country
Total Length
25km16 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
21

Altitudes

Copper Mountain Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,780m12,402ft
Lowest Piste2,960m9,711ft
Resort Altitude (Copper Mountain)2,960m9,711ft
Max Vertical820m2,690ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Copper Mountain
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Copper Mountain Overview

Copper is one of Colorado's leading resorts and one of the closest and most convenient to access from Denver.

There's a large and varied terrain with one of the state's highest bases and lifts stretching up to one of the world's top 10 highest ski area lifts. The mountains are rather more Alpine to look at - that is triangular, sharp and pointy - than those of many other famous Colorado resorts.

Intrawest, the company that gave us Whistler, bought the resort in 1997 and are responsible for much of its current appeal, all though new owners who took over in 2010 are continuing the upgrades, particularly the expansion of the base village, which has several neighborhoods including the East Village and The Village at Copper, and the Preserve.

Copper began more than thirty-five years ago when a guy named Chuck Lewis looked at an unassuming mountainside and told his friends, “I don’t care how everyone else does it, were not everyone else,” and he meant it. Chuck was both a renegade and a visionary. During the summer of '71, initial construction began on the ski trails.

As stated in a 1969 US Forest Service report, “if there were a mountain that had terrain for skiing it would be Copper Mountain. It is the most nearly perfect ski mountain in the U.S.” Over the years, new lifts were added and Copper grew to its current size of 2,465 acres. What was once a sleepy little day ski area is now one of Colorado's premier year-round destination resorts.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Copper Mountain is 5km3 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Patrol Chute'.

Skiing

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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

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.

Location and Map

Where is Copper Mountain?

This ski resort is in the American Rockies in Summit, Colorado.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Copper Mountain is Vail/Eagle, 60 minutes drive away.

Denver International, Steamboat Springs, Aspen, Yampa Valley, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs airports are all within three hours drive.

Vail/Eagle is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 21 ski lifts are able to uplift 30,630 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 289 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Copper Mountain open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early November (Opens as early as possible in late Oct or early Nov), and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Copper Mountain, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Copper Mountain Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Copper Mountain

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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.

Copper Mountain