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There’s more than meets the eye at Copper Mountain.

Colorado’s Not-So-Hidden Gem

The secret is out about Copper Mountain. With great skiing, one-of-a-kind dining experiences, unparalleled skiing and a family-friendly vibe, Copper is more than you think.

Copper is out to change your perception and there are a lot of reasons you can’t ignore it. The resort has been undergoing a major facelift. As a part of a $80 million dollar multi-year capital improvement plan, Copper has seen three (soon to be four) new chairlifts, a new alpine coaster, four new restaurants and a variety of base area upgrades such as new signage. It’s not over yet with a chairlift providing access to the beloved Tucker Mountain set to open for the 2019/20 season and continued construction on a brand new mid-mountain lodge for a 2021 opening. The plan has completely transformed the resort providing uncomplicated access and an experience that embraces new Colorado.

A female skier and male skier look across the ski slopes of Copper Bowl at Tucker Mountain, expert terrain located at Copper Mountain.
Featuring 273 acres of expert terrain, Tucker Mountain is set to have a new chairlift for the 2019-20 season. This terrain was previously accessible by snow cat and hiking only.

You’ll find the new lifts across the mountain. Most notably, the American Eagle and American Flyer, the two workhorse lifts out of Copper’s Center Village. The Eagle, an eight-person gondola/six-person chairlift mix, and the Flyer, a six-person bubble chair, increase uphill access by a whopping 30% getting you to intermediate and beginner terrain with ease. The Kokomo Express located in West Village whisks skiers and riders to a healthy dose of gentle slopes perfect for any beginner. The new Tucker Mountain lift located on the backside of Copper Bowl provides access to expert-only terrain that was previously open via snowcat or hiking only.

A female snowboarder rides through fresh powder at Copper Mountain.
With an average snowfall of 305 inches per year, there’s no shortage of powder days.

Off the slopes, the Rocky Mountain Coaster located in Copper’s Center Village twists and turns for nearly a mile down the mountain through the forest providing thrills for everyone.

A family of four – a mother, a father, and two small children – smile for the camera as they stand in their ski gear at Copper Mountain.
Copper Mountain is unique in that it offers naturally-divided terrain, perfect for families.

Lastly, Copper’s new dining locations have transformed the previously known “sleepy” village. Grab a seriously delicious brunch at Toast & Co. then belly up to the bar for lunch at Ten Mile Tavern with a craft beer and comfort eats. If you don’t want leave the hill, Koko’s Hut over in West Village offers a cafeteria in a fun environment for kids and a killer view of both the Ten Mile Range and Gore Range. Once you’re done for the day, Downhill Duke’s is a prime patio location for après with live music on the weekends and an invite that’s extended to your pup.

A woman sits with her dog facing a restaurant full of people at Downhill Duke’s at Copper Mountain.
Copper’s newest restaurant Downhill Duke’s offers a sunny après spot where dogs are welcome.

Pro tip: Purchase your Copper Season Pass before April 23 and kids under the age of 15 ski for free with the purchase of an adult season pass.

While Copper undergoes all of these incredible changes, two pillars will always remain the same: the terrain and the vibe.

Three women smile for the camera while it snows at Copper Mountain.
Copper Mountain features 2,490 acres of terrain allowing everyone – no matter their skill level – to progress and have fun.

Copper is one-of-a-kind in that it features naturally-divided terrain. What does this mean? Beginners can head to West Village and remain on greens for as long as they’d like without ending up in the all to familiar ‘how did I get here? I can’t ski this’ situation. Experts can hang out in East Village for challenging terrain with little worry of running into novice skiers and riders. While you can’t spy them from the front side, treat yourself to not only great terrain but killer views in the mountain’s back bowls. With three options – Copper Bowl, Spaudling Bowl and Union Peak – you can rip wide open turns under the vastness of the Ten Mile Range. From Copper Bowl, you can access Tucker Mountain, a 273 acre paradise for experts featuring a mixture of exposed and gladed terrain that is arguably some of the best found in-bounds at any Colorado ski resort.

A view of the Sky Chutes on the Ten Mile Range from Copper Mountain with the new American Eagle chairlift in the foreground.
Both the American Eagle and American Flyer lifts were replaced for the 2018-19 season, increasing uphill capacity by 30%.

Something that truly sets the resort apart is the inclusive vibe. The lift operators actually smile and say hi. That snowmaker or snowcat driver you ride the chairlift with is just as stoked about their day as you are. Walk into any restaurant and you’ll feel like you’ve been there many times before. A friendly face is there to meet you and you’re guaranteed to run into a local whether it’s a long-time patroller or a guy that’s lived down the road for 25 years. Also, comfort is the name of the game. No high heels and fur coats here. Heck, head to dinner in your ski pants if that’s what you’re feeling.

Two male skiers turn through deep snow at Copper Mountain.
North-facing Union Peak offers great bowl skiing with fresh snow that lasts days after a storm. Union Peak is including within the 1,000 acres that make up Copper’s high-alpine terrain.

Taking advantage of all this is easier than you think. Copper’s got everyone covered when it comes to season passes. For a limited time, the resort is offering Kids Ski Free – a promotion where kids under the age of 15 can receive a Copper Season Pass completely free with the purchase of an adult season pass. That’s $1,098 for a family of four with two children under the age of 15. Compared to other ski areas, it’s a steal of a deal. (Available only until April 23)

A menu for the restaurant Toast & Co. with a plated menu item featuring french fries and eggs
Toast & Co. offers some of the best brunch that includes locally-sourced ingredients and specially-crafted cocktails.

For those that will spend a little less time on the mountain, the Copper Four Pack offers four days of unrestricted skiing and riding with no blackout dates plus on-resort dining and retail discounts for just $250.

A family of four walks on the snow at Copper Mountain with ski gear in hand.
Getting around Copper is easy. All its villages are pedestrian-friendly for easy access to and from the slopes.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to see what Copper’s all about.

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