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Copper Mountain Ski Resort

Copper Mountain Resort Guide

Copper Mountain, United States

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

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

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.

 When will it snow in Copper Mountain?

The next notable snow forecast for Copper Mountain is 7cm3in, expected on 20 May, with around 25cm10in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Copper Mountain Facts, Stats and Ratings

Copper Mountain Rated

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

How High is Copper Mountain?

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

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Copper Mountain Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Copper Mountain
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
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Copper Mountain Summary

The American Ski Resort of 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.

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.

Copper Mountain - On the Mountain

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

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.

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

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.

When is Copper Mountain open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Copper Mountain.

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

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Copper Mountain.

Snow Making

Copper Mountain is able to make snow, with 289 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

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

Where is Copper Mountain?

Copper Mountain is in the American Rockies in Summit, Colorado, United States.

Map of Copper Mountain

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How to get to Copper Mountain

 By Air

The nearest airports to Copper Mountain are Vail/Eagle, Denver International and Steamboat Springs. There are seven airports within three hours drive. Vail/Eagle is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Copper Mountain - Off the Mountain

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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