August 17, 2017

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Copper Mountain, Colorado

Copper Mountain Resort is located 75 miles from Denver and just off I-70 on the eastern side of Vail Pass. From Copper it is an easy drive to Vail, (20 mins.) and Beaver Creek, (40 mins.).  From Copper’s position on the western side of  Summit County you can reach the following ski resorts: Breckenridge, ( 30 mins.), Keystone, (25 mins.),  Arapahoe Basin, (35 mins.). Copper is part of the free Summit Stage transportation system that also takes passengers to the towns of Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne.

The cozy Village at Copper is comprised of three base areas; East Village, Center Village and West Village, each with it’s own high speed lifts to get you up the mountain quickly. While the East Village and West Village are quiet, the Center Village has numerous bars, shops and restaurants as well as ice skating, a climbing wall and kids activities, concerts and the entertainment venue at Burning Stones Plaza. A free shuttle connects the 3 villages making it easy to get around Copper even in peak season. There is plenty of parking and Copper is well, just easy. No lost time and headaches looking for parking, getting into restaurants and getting service in the ski shops. Copper is a hidden gem in the middle of many of Colorado’s best ski areas.

SKIING & SNOWBOARDING: Copper Mountain is a skier’s mountain thanks to it’s naturally separate terrain. The western side of the mountain is gentle terrain, perfect for beginners and small children. There are 5 lifts, including two high speed lifts that offer access to this side of the mountain.

As you ski or ride to the east, the middle of the mountain offers great intermediate trails and cruising runs. Above these runs are Union and Hallelujah Bowls, both offering classic above treeline powder bowl skiing. Access to Copper Bowl and Tucker Mountain, that offers complimentary snow cat assisted off piste skiing, is accessed from the top of these bowls. Also, access to Spaulding Bowl is via a Poma lift in Hallelujah Bowl.

The eastern side of the mountain offers the most difficult and steeper runs off Alpine lift, Resolution lift and the top to bottom Super Bee lift which is based in the East Village. The mountain is easily navigated with good, quick access from one side of the mountain to the other. The U.S. Ski Team has selected Copper Mountain as its early season speed training center and Copper has been the home of our Managing Director for 23 years. There must be something in the way of good skiing there!

SUMMER AT COPPER: In the Summer, Copper has many of the same benefits. Easy to park and navigate. A bike path that goes down scenic Ten Mile Canyon to Frisco, around Lake Dillon to Keystone or the other direction to Breckenridge. Turning left on the bike path takes you over Vail Pass to Vail and further, in fact, all the way to Aspen! If you enjoy road cycling this is one of the great bike paths in North America. Golf is available at the Village as well as mountain biking including lift accessed mountain bike trails. Hiking? The Colorado Trail passes right through the resort. Fly Fishing? Oh man, Ten Mile Creek and West Ten Mile Creek as well as Wheeler Flats Ponds offer some great alpine fishing. Whitewater rafting? Your choice of the Arkansas, Colorado or Blue Rivers or Clear Creek all within a 45 minute drive. It’s pretty clear why our Managing Director has lived here over 20 years; easy village, great location and the outdoor world a two block walk away.