West of Denver, the Copper Mountain ski area has 142 runs spread over 2,490 acres that are served by 24 lifts with a maximum descent of 2,738 feet. With over 300 inches of snowfall annually, the Copper Mountain ski area is well-known by snowboarders for some of the best freeriding in Summit County. The best snowboarding at Copper Mountain is regularyly found in January and February.
On a pow day, head up the Storm King Lift and head down into Spaulding Bowl for 1,000 feet of 45 degree chutes and mini cliff bands. Try the free snowcat service up ungroomed Tucker Mountain or check out the Resolution and Spaulding bowls at above 12,000 feet. Also, ride the Enchanted Forest or Seventeen Glades.
Copper Mountain Resort is well known to freestyle snowboarders for its extensive terrain park options with 70+ park features spread over 48 acres. The Central Park terrain park has a unique urban-style setup worth checking out. In addition, the ski area has one of the top-rated 22 foot wide superpipes in the US.
After a long day of snowboarding at Copper Mountain, the best bet for apres ski is to head over to Jills Umbrella Bar, Downhill Dukes, the Ten Mile Tavern or The 5th Avenue Grille in Frisco. Looking for nightlife? Check out Moosejaw, Barkleys, Pravda, or Frisco Disco.
• Excellent terrain park.
• Free snowcat operation.
• Family-friendly ski area.
• Long lift lines on weekends.
• Expensive lift ticket.
• Overlooks busy highway.
Copper Mountain Resort is located 75 miles (121 kilometers) west of Denver (2.5 hours) and 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Vail off Interstate 70 at Exit #195. It is easily accessible from both the Denver International Airport and Eagle County Airport.
PRO TIP: A popular base for exploring Copper is the town of Frisco. There is a free shuttle bus from Frisco to Copper Mountain. In addition, there are buses from Frisco leading to other regional ski areas.
Overall, Copper Mountain Resort is the 19th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 30 snowboarding resorts in Colorado. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Copper Mountain Resort including Winter Park Resort, Keystone Mountain Resort, Eldora Mountain Resort, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Loveland Ski Area.
Local Contacts: Copper Mountain Ski Area (970) 968-2882; Snowboards Of The Rockies (970) 668-0144.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: The Pad Hotel-Hostel, Silverthorne
Luxury Loding: The Frisco Inn on Galena
Breakfast Restaurant: Columbine Cafe; Butterhorn Bakery Cafe, Frisco
Reference Source: click here https://www.coppercolorado.com/
GPS: 39.4992, -106.156
Date Published: 12/31/2015
Date Updated: 3/14/2022
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