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Copper Mountain Ski Resort

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Mountain Stats

  • 285 in of annual snowfall
  • 2465 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 12312 ft, base 9711 ft
  • 21% beginner, 25% intermediate, 36% advanced, 18% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/07/2014
  • Projected closing: 04/19/2015

Copper Budget Ski Vacation

Copper Mountain offers a great bang for your buck, meaning your dollars go further here. From après-ski happy hour galore, to affordable lodging and dining options, to discount lift tickets, it’s easy to save your hard earned money on a Copper ski vacation. Copper is located just TK miles from Denver International Airport, making travel cheaper and more convenient. And you can save even more mullah when booking ski.com’s Copper Mountain vacation packages. So what are you waiting for?

Copper Budget Hotels

Every Copper lodging option is quite close, so you can’t really go wrong on location. Copper is generally considered to be a reasonably priced ski vacation. Here’s Ski.com’s picks for the budget-conscious:

Located in the Center Village and less than 250 yards from the lifts, the Covered Bridge neighborhood is a multi-level condominium complex that is home to Taylor’s Crossing and the Tucker Mountain Lodge. The complex is just 100 yards from  lift is the American Eagle chairlift and includes amenities such as nearby restaurants, shops, bars, free parking at the building, a free resort shuttle, nearby skier services, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, an ice skating rink and more.

Copper Springs neighborhood has all the modern day conveniences of home and is located a short walk from the Super Bee high-speed six-pack chairlift and is directly across the street from the new Copper Station day lodge where you will find restaurants and retail shops. If you are looking for more exercise than just skiing or snowboarding, you'll find a fantastic workout facility in Copper Springs Lodge, which includes two outdoor hot tubs.

Affordable Copper Restaurants

Unlike most ski towns and resort villages, the majority of Copper Mountain’s restaurants are affordable. This is great news for someone on a Copper budget ski vacation, as it takes a lot of the planning and guesswork out of dining in a budget. If you’re a seasoned saver you know to look for restaurants that serve up big portions, so you get your money’s worth, or can at least bring the rest of the food home. Endo’s Adrenaline Café features humungous sandwiches, salads and hearty fries, sure to please your appetite and wallet. You’ll be hard-pressed to find any menu items over $14 at Endo’s. For more food that won’t deplete your wallet, but will fill your belly, you’ll want to head to Pizza Carlo’s for gourmet pies and great happy hour specials. Carlo’s 18-inch pie costs just over $20, plus their paninis, sandwiches and salads are all in the $10 range. Happy hour at Carlo’s is also a great option for someone on a Copper budget ski vacation, as they offer $2 off all appetizers, as well as cocktail and shot specials.

If you’re looking for a more upscale, but reasonably-priced meal, you’ll definitely want to have dinner at CB Grille across from Copper’s covered bridge. This restaurant features contemporary American food like salads, prime cuts, fish, pasta pizza and their famed apple, bacon and bleu mac-n-cheese. Every menu item is sub-$30, while most are in the $12-$16 range. Plus, CB offers a great−and affordable−wine list, in case you’re looking to splurge one night.

To learn more about Copper budget ski vacation call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.


Copper Restaurants

Copper restaurants trend towards casual American fare and other laidback dining experiences, which is great for families, large groups and those on a budget. And while there aren’t technically any certified “fine dining” establishments, Copper restaurants do have strong understanding of quality ingredients, as well as good service.

Copper Dining

The Copper dining scene takes restaurant-goers from off-the-cuff American barbeque to Asian cuisine to authentic Mexican, and also offers a well-loved contemporary dining experience at CB Grille that will satiate those looking for a more upscale meal.  CB Grille serves up contemporary American creations, like asparagus and brie appetizer, their Midwest Black Angus tenderloin, and house favorites like apple, bacon black and bleu mac-n-cheese. The menu also features small and large salads, pizza and pasta, so even kids will enjoy CB Grille. Even better, all of these delightful menu items are sub-$30, so diners on a budge can enjoy a night at this well-loved Copper restaurant.

Another great restaurant that also offers a varied menu with an American flare is Incline Bar and Grill at the base of the American Eagle Express chairlift. This restaurant not only features food items ranging from queso-smothered nachos to pasta, soup and bison stew to tenderloin, but it’s also one of Copper’s best après hotspots. So, don’t be surprised if the party’s still going if you head to Incline for an early dinner. Pizza Carlo, also conveniently located near the base of the American Eagle chairlift, is also sure to please anyone who likes pizza and cold beers, plus you can opt for take-out and delivery if you’re staying in town. 

If you’re on the search for a hearty lunch mid-ski day, then Endo’s Adrenaline Café is where you want to go. The hot sandwiches are huge and tasty, the fries are great, and the salads are unique and healthy. Try the Asian Noodle Salad. Plus, Endo’s offers a great selection of native Colorado beers.

To learn more about Copper restaurants call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.


Copper Expert Skiing

With 54-percent of its trails designated as black diamond to double black diamond, the overwhelming majority of Copper’s terrain is meant for expert skiers. Copper expert skiing offers tons of long, steep sustained runs, high alpine bowls and technical glades. The majority of black diamond runs can be found on the East side of the mountain, or looker’s left area if you’re in front of a trail map.

Copper Expert Terrain

Depending on where you’re staying, expert skiers will want to start their day out at either East Village’s Super Bee six-person chairlift or Center Village’s American Eagle quad chairlift. If you opt for the Super Bee, you’ll find tons of long, sustained black runs. This is a great area to warm your legs up on early in the morning. Head skier’s left off the chairlift for Far East or Too Much. From the top of Super Bee you’re perfectly placed to take advantage of Rendevous Bowl, one of Copper’s four bowls. In Rendevous Bowl you’ll find more sustained black runs, as well as the high alpine extreme terrain of Spaulding Bowl.

The American Eagle chairlift provides experts access to the Excelerator chairlift and it’s fun black diamond runs like wide-open Hallelujah or steep Brennan’s Grin. Excelerator accesses Storm King chairlift and the Enchanted Forest, double black high alpine area, as well as the upper reaches of Spaulding Bowl. The American Flyer quad chairlift gets experts to the coveted goods in Copper Bowl quicker than any other lift. At the top of American Flyer head to either Sierra or Rendevous chairlift. Experts can access Copper Bowl from either lift, but the gnarliest terrain is accessed from the top of Union Peak. Experts can hike along the ridge line and drop into the bowl where ever their heart desires.

To learn more about Copper expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Copper Family Ski Vacation

Copper Mountain is somewhat of a self-contained resort, which is nice for families. With everything—lodging, base village, shops and restaurants—conveniently located at the base of Copper Mountain, families will rejoice that all the guesswork surrounding coordinating ski school and equipment rentals has been take out of their ski vacation. Plus, Copper offers an overwhelming amount of off-mountain, family-friendly activities, like The Tubing Hill, Critterland for little ones, and Woodward at Copper, families will never want to leave the base village anyhow.

Family Friendly Copper Hotels

With so many conveniently placed Copper lodging options, families have an incredible array of options. To spread out a little and perhaps enjoy a meal or two at your unit together, families will want to stay at The Cirque condos. These condominiums offer an array of family-friendly amenities, including two outdoor heated pools, a hot tub, fitness center and ski lockers

Copper Family Skiing

Copper Mountain has incredible family skiing. Its varied terrain caters to any and all skiers in your family. With green and blue runs amply dispersed all over the mountain, including at the summit, families have plenty of incredible photo opportunities.  Copper has a plethora of blue and green runs that run from the top to the bottom, allowing the whole family to ski together. Beginner families also have an ideal “learn to ski area” between the Gem surface lift (magic carpet) and the Pitchfork lift. Similarly expert families have plenty of steep, mogul runs to explore together, including Copper’s free cat-skiing off of Tucker Mountain.

Copper Family Restaurants

Pizza is a no-brainer for most families, and Pizza Carlo’s is hands down the best place for a family meal. Not only because of the tasty gourmet pies, but because Carlo’s offers “Kids in the Kitchen” cooking class. The chef’s teach children how to make traditional pizza, as well as dessert pizza. Kids absolutely love the experience, and parents get to eat what the kids make (which is Chef-assisted, ensuring Carlo’s quality). For a nicer family meal, CB Grill is another easy decision. Parents will be pleasantly pleased with the more upscale menu items, and quality wine list, while kids will delight in their mac-n-cheese, pizza and burgers.

To learn more about Copper family ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Copper Intermediate Skiing

With nearly a quarter of Copper Mountain’s 126 trails designated as blue runs, intermediate skiers have a lot of terrain options. And like beginner skiers at Copper, intermediates have full run of the mountain; they can ski off of nearly all of the resort’s 22 chairlifts, including the vast expanse of Copper Bowl. However, the majority of the blue runs at Copper are concentrated around the American Eagle chairlift. American Eagle chairlift and American Flyer chairlift whisk skiers nearly 2,000 vertical feet up the mountain, from there it’s another short lift ride to Copper’s summit. Intermediate skiers at Copper can access blue runs from two of the resort’s iconic peaks, Copper Peak or Union Peak.

Copper Intermediate Terrain

The most popular blue runs are found off of the American Eagle lift, which is one of the primary chairlifts from the Center Village base area. Off the American Eagle chairlift intermediates should enjoy long perfectly groomed cruisers like Bouncer, Main View or Bittersweet. From the top of American Eagle, intermediate skiers can hop on the Excelerator quad lift, which accesses even more long, sustained blue runs like Andy’s Encore and Collage. The American Flyer chairlift also leads to some incredible intermediate terrain. Off the chairlift skiers should head right towards the American Flyer trail. This trail leads to Timberline Express chairlift. This lift exclusively accesses blue terrain, making it a great area for intermediate skier’s to lap all day.

Intermediate skiers can also access Copper Bowl, one of Copper’s four famed bowls, via the Rendevous chairlift. Head down Otto Bahn, the one and only blue run in the bowl, which offers intermediate skiers incredible views of Copper Bowl’s terrain as well as 12,337-foot Tucker Mountain. Otto Bahn leads to both Mountain Chief chairlift or Blackjack chairlift. So the choice is yours.

To learn more about Copper intermediate skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Copper Lodging

Copper lodging options sway towards affordable hotels and casual ski in, ski out condos. So, families, those on a budget, or those who simply appreciate the conveniently located lodging, will revel in Copper’s accommodation choices. That’s also not say that there aren’t more lavish options for Copper ski vacationers looking for an upscale experience. Copper has just about every lodging option you can imagine and it’s all right near the slopes.

Here’s Ski.com’s picks for the best of the best Copper budget, family and luxury lodging options: 

Copper Springs condos provide all the convenience of home and a slew of top-notch amenities, including a workout facility and two hot tubs. Copper Springs’ exceptional locations—just a short walk from the Super Bee high-speed six-pack chairlift—and exceptional amenities will make you forget that you’re staying in a budget hotel.

Convenience is the name of the game on a family ski trip. No one wants to schlep four pairs of skis and boots miles to the slopes. Copper’s The Cirque condos shine in this department. The property is located less than 250 yards from the slopes and provides family-friendly amenities, including two outdoor heated pools, a hot tub, fitness center and ski lockers

The Cirque is not only popular with families and is also among Coppers favorite higher-end options.

To learn more about Copper lodging call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Copper Luxury Ski Vacation

Copper isn’t considered to a luxury ski destination, but that doesn’t mean vacationers looking for the finer in things in life will be disappointed with a Copper ski vacation. They just need to know where to look, which is where ski.com comes in. While most of the restaurants and lodging accommodations trend towards casual and affordable, there are still enough options to satisfy someone with a high-end penchant and budget.

Copper Luxury Hotels

While, you won’t find five-star luxury hotels on a Copper ski vacation, you will find plenty of conveniently located slopeside properties. 

Located near the base of Copper Mountain, Passage Point is in Copper's Center Village. The slopeside Passage Point may be in the center of it all, but the resort provides an exclusive setting, making you feel a little bit further away from the crowds. At Passage Point you can out your door, grab your equipment from the ski locker next to the lobby, stroll less than 100 yards to get your lift tickets, and hop on the American Eagle or American Flyer high-speed quad lifts.

Located in the Union Creek neighborhood, The Cirque offers 37 luxury, French-inspired two- and three- bedroom condominiums. The Cirque is sure to satisfy the needs of the most discriminating lodging guests. Amenities such as two outdoor heated pools, hot tub, fitness facilities, heated underground parking, and ski lockers await as you relax in style.

Copper Fine Dining

CB Grille, at the Covered Bridge, is considered Copper’s best dining experience, but that isn’t because you’ll find $500 bottles of wine on the menu or foie gras or anything like that, it’s because CB offers high quality menu items from fresh pasta, fish and prime cuts to gourmet mac-n-cheese and hand ground burgers. CB also offers a great selection of cuisine and a variety of middle-range wines that may make you wonder why you’ve been spending a small fortune on wine. Oh, and microbrew beers, too. CB features various Colorado-native beers, sure to please any beer connoisseur. 

To learn more about Copper luxury ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Copper Nightlife

While you may not experience a late night bar scene, Copper is host to a rowdy après five afternoons out of the week, which is more than most resorts can say. Copper’s many base area bars and restaurants offer daily specials ranging from $3 Colorado draft beers to discounts on shots and appetizer deals. Many of these bars also offer some great live music, so if you’re looking to cut up a rug consider bringing a pair of comfortable shoes for Copper après.

Copper Bars

If you’re looking for live music you have two options: JJ’s Rocky Mountain Tavern and Jack’s Bar. You’ll find classic rocker Moe Dixon playing all of the favorites at JJ’s. Jack’s Bar also has a great classic rock cover scene in resident band, Lefty Lucy. Both bands will have you dancing regardless of how hard you skied early that day. And if you’re looking for après deals, Copper bars certainly deliver. And once you’ve worked up a hunger, both JJ’s and Jack’s feature food and drink specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. But few bars can beat Incline’s $2.50 PBR and Miller Lite and $3 Colorado-made microbrews. On Sunday’s you’ll want to head to Endo’s Adrenaline Café, which features build-your-own bloody mary bar, all day.

If it’s a sunny afternoon, there’s no better place in Copper to sit and have a cocktail, than at Jill’s Umbrella Bar. And, Jill offers some of the best happy hours in the village. Their daily specials include with $3 shots and $8 for hot wings and a Coors draft. And if you order off the regular menu you’ll be hard pressed to find any menu item over $12. Plus, Jill’s happy hour starts at 2:30 p.m., before anyone else’s, making it a great spot to get the parted started. Pizza Carlo, in the center of the base village plaza, offers incredible drink and shot specials, and $2 off appetizers from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To learn more about the Copper nightlife call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Copper Beginner Skiing

Copper beginner skiing is exceptional if we do say so. With over 20-percent of the Copper’s terrain designated as beginner this mountain offers newbie’s incredible access, with green runs all over the mountain. Beginners can take just two chairlifts and find themselves atop Union Peak’s 12,313-foot summit, and then they can enjoy the 2,000-plus vertical feet of green runs on the way down. Plus, the entire lower looker’s right side of the resort is almost entirely green runs. And while Copper has tons of high alpine terrain options for beginners, it also offers an incredible “learn to ski” zone between East Village and Center Village.

Copper Beginner Terrain

First time skiers will want to start their day on the Gem surface lift (magic carpet), located between East Village and Center Village. There is also a beginner surface lift located next to the American Eagle chairlift, and three located at the bottom of the Kokomo lift. Once beginners can stop and make wedge turns it’s time for Pitchfork, which is ideal for first time chairlift riders. Once beginners have the hang of the chairlift, Kokomo lift and all the green runs beneath it are a great option. Copper is a great mountain to learn to ski because beginners can progress from one lift to the next and work their way up the mountain in a comfortable way.  More experienced beginners have an overwhelming amount of terrain options off of the American Eagle, Union Creek, Kokomo, Lumberjack and Rendevous chairlifts.

Copper Ski School

There’s no better way to maximize your time on the slopes during your Copper ski vacation, or better acquaint yourself with the terrain, than taking a lesson. Copper Ski School offers private and group lessons for ages three and up.

To learn more about Copper beginner skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Things to do in Copper

While Copper has a laundry list of outdoor activities to choose from, which are listed below, shoppers will be particularly pleased on a Copper ski vacation because the resort is convenient to Frisco and the Silverthorne outlet malls. You and your family will love perusing Frisco's quaint, historic downtown or Silverthorne’s designer outlet shops. Frisco is just a 10 minute drive from Copper and Silverthorne is about 15 minutes away. Diners will also be pleased with Copper, Frisco and Silverthorne’s abundance of restaurants. Once you’ve had your fill of indoor activities, it’s time to experience all of Copper’s incredible non-skiing/snowboarding winter outdoor activities. Below you’ll find Ski.com’s favorite things to do on a Copper ski vacation.  To learn more about your options, call, or chat, with one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

  • An afternoon at the East Village Tubing Hill
  • Whizz down the Alpine Rush Zip Line.
  • Glide around on the West Lake ice skating rink.
  • Bounce, spin and soar at Woodward at Copper indoor trampoline and ski jump.
  • Take a snowmobile tour of the Summit County high country.
  • Relax and invigorate at the Athletic Club.
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