Trails for all ability levels, a signature laid-back ambiance, convenient location less than 90 minutes from Denver and plenty of new additions — including an improved high-speed Kokomo Express chairlift and several eateries — are just a few reasons locals love Copper Mountain. Here’s how to make the most of your next winter getaway.
Find the perfect run for you.
More than 140 trails means there’s terrain for every skier and snowboarder, from beginner snow bunnies to expert powder hounds. With easier runs on the mountain’s west side, intermediate routes in the center and expert terrain on the east side, Copper Mountain’s naturally divided, user-friendly layout supports excellent skier distribution and shorter lift lines.
Andy’s Encore and Oh No are two favorite blue runs for those who prefer groomed cruisers, while Little Burn is a must for mogul fans. Meanwhile, the Copper and Spaulding bowls supply a wide array of black diamond trails, including expert, high-alpine adventure and extreme terrain. And the free Tucker Mountain Snowcat whisks skiers and riders to challenging terrain at 12,337-foot Tucker Mountain — lauded as the closest backcountry experience you’ll find within a ski resort’s boundaries.
Take advantage of new technology that allows visitors to spend less time waiting and more time on the slopes.
Lift tickets and passes equipped with new radio-frequency identification technology allows skiers and boarders to access all of Copper Mountain’s lifts without waiting to be scanned. All you have to do is walk through the gates to get whisked up the hill. Additionally, beginners benefit from the new Kokomo Express high-speed chairlift on the mountain’s west side, which features a lower base terminal for easier loading.
Enhance your trip with an activity off the slopes.
There’s loads to do at Copper Mountain beyond skiing and boarding, including ice skating, tubing, and cross-country skiing on more than 16 miles of trails. With banked turns and five lanes, the tubing hill in East Village is no ordinary sledding locale and guarantees a giggle-inducing time for kids and adults. And kids under 36 inches tall can spend hours in colorful Critterland, a fenced-off area for little ones with a tubing carousel, mini tubing hill and snowy play area.
Trek through peaceful snow-cloaked meadows and woodlands on a snowshoe tour, or zoom down the new Rocky Mountain Coaster, one of the longest mountain coasters in North America. With a vertical drop of more than 400 feet, the ride supplies year-round squeal-worthy fun for all ages. Hankering for some relaxation? Book an appointment at the Copper Mountain Spa, where a menu of pampering massages and facials soothe the body and soul.
Don’t hesitate to book a lesson.
Copper’s Ski and Ride School in West Village has programs for aspiring downhillers from all walks of life. Brush up on your skills at a half-day adult group or private lesson, or sign the kids up for youth lessons — available for ages 3 to 17. Limited class sizes ensure personalized experiences on the snow, so you can gain all of the knowhow you need to schuss down the mountain like a pro in no time. Other beginner perks in West Village include several magic carpets and tons of beginner terrain for novices to perfect their skills.
Home to some of Colorado’s best terrain parks, Woodward Copper also boasts celebrated freestyle lesson programs, including drop-in sessions for youngsters ages 8 and up, private lessons and camps. The Barn, Woodward’s 19,400-square-foot indoor action-sports training facility, enables skiers and riders to practice tricks in a safe and encouraging environment — even after the lifts close for the day.
Bring your appetite.
Whether you’re seeking après-ski bites or an energizing lunch, Copper Mountain brims with new dining options. Duck into Koko’s Hut at the top of the Kokomo Express chairlift for breakfast, lunch or a hot drink between runs, or fuel up at Toast and Co., a hot spot for breakfast, craft coffee and après-ski cocktails. Other recent additions to the dining scene include Downhill Duke’s, a slope-side eatery with a locally sourced menu, happy hour, live music and an outdoor lounge, and Ten Mile Tavern, featuring a slick copper-finished bar and satisfying comfort food. Find more Copper Mountain restaurants >>
Slumber steps from the action.
Each of Copper’s three villages offers unique lodging options, from apartment-style condos and townhomes to upscale private homes. Opt for a room at the cozy Copper One Lodge in Center Village to reside near Burning Stones Plaza’s bustling shops and restaurants; or reserve a three-bedroom townhome for the family at Union Creek in West Village to take advantage of the area’s proximity to beginner terrain and base facilities. Those seeking a place to stay near the resort’s intermediate and advanced terrain should choose the Wheeler House in East Village, nestled just 150 yards from the Super Bee chairlift. Book lodging >>
Pick up everything you need for the winter vacay of a lifetime right onsite.
Visitors can pack a little lighter, thanks to Copper’s impressive roster of shopping opportunities. Copper Sports’ new location in Center Village is stocked with quality winter gear and offers speedy, stress-free equipment rentals. Camp Hale Outfitters, a tribute to the historic 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, has high-end equipment rentals and everything else you need for a great day on the hill, plus a coffee shop and new wine bar.
Other shops to check out include Kelly’s Closet, which stocks one-of-a-kind boots, shoes and apparel for the whole family; The Copper Collection, the place to pick up gifts and clothes branded with the resort’s logo; or Woodward Copper Cage, where you can peruse gear from local and global companies, play old-school video games in the arcade and kick back in the hip lounge.
Planning a summer visit?
Hiking and biking are just the beginning of the fun at Copper Mountain during the summer months. Play 18 holes amid breathtaking views of the Ten Mile Range at Copper Creek Golf Course, or plan your trip around one of the resort’s many beloved weekend festivals. More summer activities >>