From its unique, naturally divided terrain, and world-class terrain parks and halfpipes, to its many low-key restaurants and bars, lodging options and family-friendly attractions, a Copper ski vacation will delight just about any skier, from first timer to expert, young to old, to those on a budget or those looking to splurge a little. On average, most of Copper’s restaurants and accommodations sway towards laid-back, rather than upscale, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of world-class experiences to be had on a Copper ski vacation.
Copper Mountain Ski Resort
Copper is conveniently, and naturally, divided into sections based on difficulty of terrain. Almost the entire looker’s right—West Village area—of the mountain is for beginner skiers, the middle area or terrain above the Center Village is intermediate and the runs above the East Village (furthest left on a trail map) are nearly all black runs. As you can imagine, all the above treeline and bowl skiing is expert to extreme terrain, with the exception of Otto Bahn, the lone blue run in Copper Bowl.
Beginners, especially first time skiers, have terrain that allows for perfect progression from surface lift (magic carpet), and relatively flat slopes, to small chairlifts with slightly longer and more inclined trails, and so on and so forth, all the way to green trails from the top of Union Peak to the base area. Intermediates also have incredible access, from top to bottom pristine cruisers, to the Otto Bahn blue run’s breathtaking views of the expansive Copper Bowl and Tucker Mountain. Expert and advance terrain makes up 54 percent of Copper’s skiable acres, so if it’s not your first rodeo, you’ll be pleased. Copper offers expert skiers and snowboarders four bowls, acres and acres of high alpine extreme terrain, technical glades, moguls and long, sustained black trails.
In 2009, Woodward at Copper was developed at the resort as an on- and off-snow training facility for terrain park and halfpipe progression. Woodward’s on-snow program and trampoline/ramp barn, which is located on the outskirts of the East Village base area, is bound to please gravity-defying enthusiasts on a Copper ski vacation.