Above three photos courtesy of Copper Mountain Resort
Copper Mountain Description:
Located 75 miles west of Denver in Summit County off of highway 70, Copper Mountain is a large mature resort with something for everyone.
Copper Mountain has three ski villages, "East Village", the main centrally located "Center Village" and "West Village" (Union Creek), spread out along the base of the mountain.
Copper Mountain also has a naturally divided terrain on two peaks (Copper Peak and Union Peak) which separates the advanced terrain on Copper Peak from the intermediate and beginner terrain on Union Peak.
The back bowls of Copper Mountain are accessible from the back of these peaks.
The lifts from East Village feed the advanced runs,
the lifts closest to the main "Center Village" feed intermediate runs and the lifts from "West Village" (Union Creek) feed primarily the beginner runs.
The back bowls of Copper Mountain are all rated as advanced runs.
The main terrain park "Catalyst" is above the main Center Village and has been the home to many snowboard competitions.
Copper Mountain Terrain:
While this resort favors the beginner to advanced intermediate skier, this ski resort is very large and has something for everyone. You can enjoy skiing the trees, bowls, bumps, groomers or terrain park. The advanced skier will enjoy the Eastern end of the mountain and the upper and backside bowls.
These backside bowls are popular after a powder dump but often have delayed openings due to avalanche control.
Panoramic view of the summit (best viewed in full screen mode)
Arial view of snow cat accessible back bowls.
My favorite mogul runs are "Highline" and "Drain Pipe" off of Resolution lift.
Looking down "Drain Pipe".
I mostly got frustrated trying to find a good tree run. Most were too densely packed to ski. I know that they are there, but I could not find them.
When I find it, I'll report it.
Beginners and Intermediates:
This mountain has plenty of terrain for the beginners and
Copper Mountain is nice for beginners because the various levels of ability
are naturally separated by the terrain.
This avoids the dreaded co-mingling of beginners (slow) and advanced (fast) skiers .
Each skill level (beginner, intermediate and advanced) gets their own section of the mountain with their own appropriate runs and lifts which helps keep the peace.
West Village (Union Creek), has access at it's base, to beginner runs almost exclusively. Higher up the mountain off of "Timberline Express" one can reach some intermediate runs.
The central and main ski village gives you access to beginner and intermediate runs. The eastern part of the mountain accessible from "East Village" leads to the advanced runs and should be avoided by beginners. It is this natural division in the terrain, between west (easy) and east (advanced), which makes it a joy for beginners as they can stay in their section and enjoy the day without fear of engaging more challenging terrain accidentally.
Copper Mountain Terrain Parks:
"Catalyst" is the main terrain park at Copper Mountain which locates its half pipe just uphill from the main village.
The following rails are at the top of the "American Flyer" chair lift.
Copper Mountain Tubing Park:
The Copper tubing hill and "Critterland" play area are a joy for those not quite old enough to ski or board or those not athletically inclined enough to try.
A rolling conveyor will take one to the top of the tubing hill so the effort is truly negligible. The course is fun with a bank turn and high sides to make sure your tube stays on its path. Fun for all ages. The tubing hill and "Critterland" play area is located in East Village.
The ride up
The ride down
Copper Mountain Apres Ski:
The Copper Mountain ski village at the base of the mountain is the epicenter of apres ski activities.
There is an abundance of clothing shops and places to eat in the Village.
For the local shopping mecca, head to the nearby town of Silverthorne for the outlet mall. The nearby town of Frisco also has shopping.
Panoramic Virtual Tour of Copper Village (best viewed in full screen mode)
Copper Mountain Nightlife:
Its mellow and the kind of place where you may have to bring your own crowd. While apres ski is fine in the "Village at Copper", it dies out early. The condos tend to house families with little attention to singles night life.
You will find more to do in the nearby town of Frisco.
Main Street Frisco Colorado
Directions to Copper Mountain:
Interstate 70 West
Take the exit for Copper Mountain (at Hwy 91)
(Just west of Silverthorne and Frisco)
One can stay at one Copper Mountain resort's many condo complexes.
I did not find any hotels in the main Copper Mountain town area.
One can also commute a short distance from the towns of Frisco, Silverthorne or Dillon.