Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain Resort ~


Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain Resort is about 75 miles outside of the Colorado capital city of Denver and is resides nicely between the wilderness areas of the Gore Range and Ten Mile Range. For anyone visiting the Denver area, Copper Mountain is one of the best ski areas in easy driving distance.

A major attraction of Copper Mountain is that it has something for everyone. For hardcore skiers there are challenging runs with ample vertical, trees, chutes and wide open bowls. For vacationers, the range and quality of the accommodations available here is comforting. With countless shops, conference centers, restaurants, and lodges, Copper Mountain becomes the first choice for many hoping to enjoy some nature.

As one of Summit County’s biggest ski and snowboard areas, Copper Mountain has close to 2,500 acres of deep snow served by its well-run network of lifts, making it easy to enjoy some of the most beautiful slopes Colorado. As king of the Summit County area, Copper Mountain has been given the name of the “perfect” ski mountain in all of Colorado.

With such a name as this, Copper Mountain attracts a large number of skiers and boarders coming from all over the world to experience the terrain. The land has been separated based on the difficulty of the slopes, so skiing all of the advanced runs is as convenient as it is exhilarating. Not just steep verticals here; there is also an impressive terrain park with boxes, jumps, rails, and half pipes. Known as Colorado’s most friendly park, Copper Mountain is one of the top destinations in the state.

Copper Mountain Stats

Base Elevation: 9,712 ft
Summit Elevation: 12,313 ft
Vertical Drop: 2,601 ft
Skiable Area: 2,450 acres
Annual Snowfall: 282 in
Snowmaking: 16 %
Number of Lifts: 22
Uphill Lift Capacity: 32,324 per hour
Types of Lifts: 

  • 7 Surface Lifts
  • 5 Double Chairs
  • 5 Triple Chairs
  • 4 HiSpeed Quads
  • 1 HiSpeed Six
Number of Trails: 126
Longest Run: 14,784 ft


Copper Mountain Reviews:

Alex S from Kansas  Dec 26, 2008

I have snowboarded Copper for the last two years and I thought it was a fantastic place. Now people say the lines are long but if one is an intermediate to expert, I recommend starting ones day on the east side of the mountain; at the Super Bee lift. No beginners or intermediates crowding the lines of that lift. Once one gets to the top of the Super Bee lift, one can either cruse the Super Bee, take a challenging run off of the Alpine lift, take a steep drop into a mogul run off of resolution or take the Storm King poma to the bows or the back side. Personally my favorite part of the mountain was the huge, open Spaulding Bowl. The Copper Bowl and Tucker Mountain are both fun but wait until the afternoon to avoid crusty and icy snow. The best parts of the mountain are the difficult parts, the intermediate/ beginner parts are just crowded and no fun. Great experience, wish I had more snow. (courtesy –

My Take: Copper is great! My favorite of all the Summit County resorts. Just  6 miles west of Frisco on I-70, for some reason it weeds out a lot of the tourists. The parking lot is huge but well served by the bus system so it’s not a pain in the ass like most big areas. The whole lookers-left side of the mountain is steep, good runs, trees, bumps, and more. Get up and over the top and you drop into the back bowls which can be awesome. The rest of the mountain spreads out and meanders all over and makes for some good cruising. Good base area, holds a lot of people and good parties with live music make this one hell of a perfect package. Go to Copper Mountain!

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