Copper Mountain

Susan Brown
SnowPak Local Insider
Susan Brown
  • Early season skiing supported by extensive snowmaking
  • Naturally divided ski terrain (all levels are separated) - particularly ideal for intermediates
  • Free snowcat Friday-Sunday! Gives access to above-treeline skiing when there's snow
  • Laid-back atmosphere and family-friendly
  • Slightly less snow compared to other Summit County ski resorts
  • Solid ski area, but with no real standout runs
  • Mellow après ski scene

Copper Mountain Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Quality Inn & Suites Summit County
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
15% off £944
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Silverthorne - Summit Co
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
15% off £918
Hampton Inn & Suites Silverthorne
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
13% off £1,137

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What makes Copper Mountain unique is its natural mountain topography which naturally divides ski areas based on ability. Advanced trails are in the east, beginners in the west and intermediates in between! Beginners don’t need to worry about taking a wrong turn and end up in over their heads, while advanced skiers can go all out without avoiding novices. For the experts, Copper Mountain has some killer off-piste terrain, including bowls and hike-to terrain with CAT access. The resort also has its fair share of terrain parks with everything from a beginner level small sculpted terrain park, to a super pipe for the park rats, to a year-round indoor facility with free-skiing and foam pits.

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January to early April



The best times to go are anywhere from January through early April. While December can be good for snow, the resort can be a little slow to open all of its terrain. During the early part of the season around November, the resort is home to race camps, which can make for a slightly crowded environment. Historically, March tends to be the snowiest month of the year at Copper Mountain, so your odds of catching a powder day are good. On the other hand, it also tends to be one of the resort’s busiest times for lodging, second only to Christmas. If you do brave the crowds to come at Christmas time, though, be sure to enjoy the lights and decorations in the village. The last couple weeks of April can be fun for that spring skiing experience, but be aware that Copper Mountain will start closing parts of the terrain early in the month. The back bowls are usually the first to close due to their southern-facing exposures, which makes them the first to start melting.


Denver International Airport


Copper Mountain (3-4 hours)

Base of Copper Mountain (Walk)

  • Made up of three compact villages: East, Centre and West Village
  • All lodging options are close to lifts, some true ski-in/ski-out
  • Easy to walk between all three villages

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Dillon/Silverthorne (10-15 mi)

  • Both towns take around 20 mins to drive to Copper Mountain
  • Inexpensive lodging location
  • Limited nightlife suitable for those who want a quiet lodge

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For beginners

Copper Mountain naturally divides the terrain. The west side is perfect for beginners with tons of easy terrain that sits away from the more experienced crowds.

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For intermediates

Intermediates can ski all over the resort but will probably want to hang around the centre of Copper Mountain where most of the blues are found. Those looking to take it to the next level can get a taste of the back bowls with Otto Bahn, a solid blue.

More intermediates tips

For experts

The east side is where it's at for advanced and experts. For our favourite run, start off under the Sierra lift and dive into the trees at the bottom of Kaboom, where you'll find the snow stays fresh all thanks to Copper Mountain facing north.

More experts tips

Find freshies

Freshies get tracked out quick at Copper, so take the snowcat and hike up to Tucker Mountain for the best fresh stuff.

Ditch the crowds

The base area lifts can get quite busy and crowded. Instead, opt for lifts like Super Bee, Resolution and Alpine. They sit on the edge of the resort and give access to advanced terrain and long mogul runs.

Non skiers

Non-skiers will have a range of activities to choose from in Copper Mountain, including snowmobiling, tubing and ice-skating. The Athletic Club also offers a gym, hot tub, saunas and steam rooms.


Copper is one of our favourite family-friendly resorts in Colorado! It's got a laid-back kid-friendly atmosphere and has all the activities and facilities to match it such as the Woodward Copper Barn.

Copper Mountain

Copper MountainArapahoe Basin
beginner21 %10 %
intermediate25 %30 %
advanced36 %37 %
expert18 %23 %
total runs142 109
ski area2,490ac 960ac
summit elevation12,312ft 13,050ft
total lifts23 8
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$150 USD (£116 GBP) $100 USD (£77 GBP)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall146″ 180″

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Copper Mountain Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 119 reviews

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Superb!4.6 / 5Jan 22, 2020
Copper Mountain ReviewsAdam M.
intermediate skier
2018 was my first ski season and I was fortunate to spend a lot of time at Copper. It isn't Vail or Breck but that's exactly why I chose it. The mountain is divided into three villages - East (beginner), Center (intermediate), and West (intermediate and advanced). There's great grooomed runs but there's great bowl terrain as well. It hasn't opened... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Jan 05, 2020
Copper Mountain ReviewsJim O.
advanced snowboarder
Get Summit County realness without the chaos and crowds of some of the other guys. Plenty of space to explore, and very challenging terrain when you're ready for it. Woodward parks are always on point. Base area is adequate, or you can head into Frisco for a good night out.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Dec 27, 2019
Copper Mountain ReviewsKatie H.
intermediate snowboarder
This is one of my top two resorts in Colorado. The mountain has a great mix of terrain for any level and is especially a great mountain to learn on. The lift lines are reasonable compared to other resorts along the front range.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Dec 27, 2019
Copper Mountain ReviewsDaniel C.
expert snowboarder
Copper mountain is one of Colorado’s premier resorts! It has something for everyone and an unpretentious bottom of mountain experience. Between Frisco and vail there are all the fine dining options anyone could want and tons of lodging at varying prices. It’s also only 1.5hrs from Denver when 70 is good or accessible the back way in about 3hrs.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Copper Mountain ReviewsCharles S.
intermediate snowboarder
Love this place, really good vibes and terrain for days. Always my preferred mountain and usually not too expensive. Also, took a lesson and the instructor was awesome. Would recommend to groups with people of all experience levels. Good options for everyone and nice central meeting spots.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Copper Mountain ReviewsMarcy H.
expert skier
Wonderful big mountain for all ages and abilities Copper Village has lots to offer non-riders as well. We had on lots of runs all by ourselves very easy to beat the crowd. Terrain park is fantastic for all of ability levels.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 13, 2019
Copper Mountain ReviewsJae Dee W.
advanced skier
Copper has some of the best terrain and is so easy to get to from where I live in vail ! I love the vibes of all the riders here.... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Sep 26, 2019
Copper Mountain ReviewsNoah B.
intermediate snowboarder
Great mountain with plenty of terrain options, and very reasonable prices in the village. The lift staff is very friendly. Trails are well groomed, and the lifts move people efficiently.... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Sep 04, 2019
Copper Mountain ReviewsMatt B.
advanced snowboarder
I only had the opportunity to go to Copper Mountain once, but it was a lot of fun. The high alpine zone was really neat (even though it was pretty extremely windy the day I was there). Very nice change of pace from the bigger resort towns like Keystone and Breck.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Copper Mountain ReviewsAllscape S.
advanced skier
Copper is the quisentensial ski area of the Front Range and beyond. Period . I have skied Copper off and on since the early 90's and find the experience to be unequaled and the mere location begs adventure and fun!! I am returning this year...often to create outstanding memories!!!! Thanks for everything Copper Mtn.... More

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