Located about 75 miles west of Denver, Copper Mountain is a great area for all levels of skiers because of its naturally divided terrain that has distinct sections of advanced, intermediate and beginner trails. Therefore, skiers/boarders can stay within their level of skiing and not have to worry about others at different levels. The mountain layout has the majority of the beginner runs on one side, intermediate runs in the middle, and the most difficult on the far side. Even beginners can ski from the top of the mountain all the way to the bottom on green runs. This varied terrain makes Copper Mountain a great family resort and an ideal ski resort for all types of skiers making it one of the higher rated mountains for overall satisfaction in the western U.S.
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The mountain is located between Vail and Breckenridge. The village has everything you need including a variety of shops and some great lunch options. Copper Mountain does not have as many of the amenities as some of the other resorts in the area as it is more focused on the skiing making it popular with the locals. This makes Copper Mountain less crowded than other resorts in the area and less expensive. Check for online deals.
The runs are great and they have some of the best expert runs in Colorado along with some spectacular views. Copper Mountain also has some of the best terrain parks in the U.S. including one of the best half-pipes in the state. There are four back bowls, excellent tree skiing, and a free snowcat serving Tucker Mountain. The resort is also home to Woodward at Copper Mountain, an indoor freestyle training facility that is open to the public. An excellent trail layout with diverse terrain, and one of the least crowded resorts in the area makes Copper Mountain a great overall mountain with something for everyone.
Copper Mountain Tips:
- Take the Rendezvous lift and catch the spectacular view. Then, take the run from Wheeler Creek to the bottom.
- If you are looking for steep groomed trails, take the Super Bee 6 person high speed lift.
- You can park for free at Copper Mountain in the Alpine Lot. Park and then take the bus (Black Route) to the Super-B lift. It is the shortest distance in the resort from bus to lift and there are excellent trails off this lift.
Copper Mountain Notable trails:
- Andy's Encore
- Rosie's Run.