Considered a locals Mountain, in the heart of the stunning Rocky Mountains, Colorado, USA, Copper Mountain is a snow lover’s paradise with everything you need for an ultimate ski experience. Check out some insider secrets for you next ski holiday to Copper Mountain.
It’s named after a mineral
During the nineteenth century, mining took over in much of the region and a copper find gave the peak its name. Fast forward a few years to 1971 and to Chuck Lewis had a vision for a ski resort on Copper Mountain and purchased 280 acres at the base and began clearing trails that same year. A man of action!
There’s a run for everyone
Promoted for its naturally divided terrain, mother nature has naturally divided the terrain of Copper Mountain into different ski levels (very convenient) and resort designers strategically placed the kinds of accompanying services and features to match terrain ratings. So, you will find the Copper Ski & Ride school at the trails rated for beginners, while advanced skiers are closest to The Speed Centre.
Here you will find 140 runs for all abilities including bowls, steeps, cruisers and glades with easier runs on the west side, intermediate runs in the centre and expert terrain to the east.
You don’t need wheels
With three pedestrian friendly villages to explore and a free in resort shuttle you won’t need a car as it’s so easy to get around!
Powder to the late risers!
You can still find powder on the front side of the mountain as Copper does a “noon groom” each day where they close one run off until noon. If it’s a powder day, you have a fresh stash to ski that no one else has been able to touch all morning, whether they got first chair or not.
Olympians train there and you can too!
Athletes from around the world head to Copper to compete and train at the dedicated U.S Ski Team Speed Center which has previously hosted over 80 ski teams.
You can develop your own skiing and riding skills on the Mountain with lessons at Coppers Ski & Ride School or one of Woodward Copper’s terrain parks. Considered to be one of the best training grounds in the world and run by world class trainers, the Barn at Woodward Copper is an indoor action sports facility with specialty jumps, foam pits and trampolines where you can challenge yourself and prepare for the slopes in a laid-back, progressive environment.
Free Snow Cat Skiing
Copper Mountain offers free cat skiing every Friday–Sunday on Tucker Mountain! The Tucker Mountain snow cat operates for advanced skiers and riders on a first-come, first-served basis – 10 a.m. until 1.30pm. All you need is a lift ticket to explore over 273 acres of some of the best steep runs, alpine black bowls and unspoiled treeless runs.
See the mountain by coaster!
Copper’s Rocky Mountain coaster – a must when visiting this destination. Even if it’s just for the bragging rights that you’ve ridden one of the longest alpine coasters in Colorado and North America! The elevated track twists and turns down 1500 metres of mountain and you’ll be cranking those tracks at 45kph.
What S’more could you ask for?
Think marshmallows and chocolate in a sandwich! At Copper Mountain you can pick up a s’mores kit and make this traditional treat at one of the many fire pits located at the Centre Village.
There’s an awesome Tubing Park
Copper Mountain has something for everyone at every moment, including an awesome tubing park, that is open after the slopes close.
Grab a tube for a wild ride with your family or friends and slide your way down the slopes at Copper Tubing Hill.
Ski by moonlight
Discover the beauty of Copper Mountain by night with the Moonlight Dine and Ski evening. Head up the American eagle chairlift where you can gaze at the amazing views before getting the opportunity to enjoy an hour of skiing. Head along to Solitude Station where you will be able to kick off your boots and relax in the warm atmosphere accompanied by live music, drinks, dinner and dessert. Let your food settle then head back out to the slopes and enjoy a run down to the Centre Village under the magical stars that bounce off the Rocky Mountains. Grab your friends and family this is a night filled with unique experiences you don’t want to miss. (Note: Moonlight Dine & Ski is only offered on nights with a full moon)
Green Bean Fries
If you haven’t “bean” to Copper then you may not have heard of their Green Bean Fries. Get you healthy fix with an alternative to normal fries. Copper Mountain boasts a thriving après ski scene with plenty of places that deliver outstanding live music, superb craft beer, fine wine, delicious cocktails and cuisine from all around the world including everything from New York style pizza, seafood tacos to a true Colorado style BBQ.
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