Even with an impressive 2,601 ft of vertical drop and a respectable 2,465 ac of ski terrain, Copper Mountain’s biggest draw lies in its natural topography. The mountain, for the most part, splits itself into three sections, dividing advanced, intermediate, and beginner terrain into three sections across the resort.
Terrain: On the east side and the backside of the mountain are the majority of black trails, the center is chock full of blues, and to the west green runs reign. The lifts and base areas of the resort work in harmony with the mountain topography, which also helps to enhance the overall ski experience. The East Village is best for advanced skiers, Center Village for intermediates, and West Village for beginners, with efficient lifts servicing each area, which keeps crowds nicely spread out.
Snow quality: While Copper Mountain generally sees slightly less snowfall than its other Summit County counterparts, it has one of the most extensive snowmaking systems to make up for it. The cold temperatures mean they start cranking the machines early in the season and also keeps it fresh. The fact that the US Ski Team descends upon Copper Mountain for early-season training is a testament to the consistency of its snow from early November.
Town: When it comes to accommodation, there’s a wide range to choose from here, from large luxury homes to smaller studios, but the most common places to stay are two- to four-bedroom condos. Timber Creek Condominiums in the Center Village is a fantastic choice for ski-in/ski-out lodgings. Copper Mountain isn’t quite as expensive as Vail or Aspen, but you’ll still pay a premium to stay in the ski village. For even more affordable options try Frisco, just a 10-minute drive away, where a few reasonable hotels and private rentals can be found, or Silverthorne, a 15-minute drive away, with even more budget options to choose from.
Center Village is where you’ll find the most facilities, restaurants, and shops in Copper Mountain, so if being close to amenities is important, stay here. The Incline Bar and Grill is a top spot for a bite to eat any time of day, and once you’ve hung up your ski boots for the day, there’s a great happy hour which transforms the place into a happening après-ski spot! A word of warning: if partying into the early hours is your thing then you’re probably better off at Breckenridge; there are not many places open after midnight here.