Copper Mountain Resort - Colorado

Copper Mountain Resort
209 Ten Mile Circle
P.O. Box 3001
Copper Mountain, Colorado 80443
Toll Free: 866-841-2519
or 888-219-2441


A Bit of History:

Native American Arapahoe and Ute tribes were the first inhabitants of the area, fishing its rich streams and hunting such game as buffalo, bear, and elk. Settled in the mid 1800's by miners in search of copper, (Hence the name)
a permanent town, Wheeler Junction, was established in 1880 by Judge John S. Wheeler, who promoted it as a trout fishing and horseback riding haven, the remnants of which can still be seen near the base of the Alpine Lift. Later, loggers, fur traders and prospectors flooded the area lured by adventure and a "get rich quick" attitude. The early 1900's was a raucous time for the young town filled with dance hall women and card playing cowboys who sought their fortunes in the surrounding bowl of mountains. Nearby Leadville was home to the famed, "Tenth Mountain Division," the skiing army corps who trained in this small Colorado town prior to going to the Alps to fight in World War II.
In 1971, Chuck Lewis, Copper's founder, boasted that he would build a "killer ski resort," which he did with the 280 acres he bought from the Forest Service. Today, that small land issue has grown to almost ten times its original size - 2450 acres of almost perfect skiing terrain on four peaks that gradually yield more steep and demanding terrain as they expand from west to east with 125 trails and 22 lifts. Since 1997, it has been owned by Intrawest Resorts, a premiere vacation resort company.
Where You Are Staying:
Every skier's dream is a challenging mountain with long runs and short lift lines (with lots of high speed quads) and enough varied terrain for the whole family to enjoy - a mountain with little hype and lots of heart, lots of snow, good grooming, good food in clean eateries and at the end of the day, great après ski, a warm solid meal and maybe a place to hang loose at night. Copper Mountain is, by this definition, a dream come true. - Brigadoon in Summit County. First of all, Copper is located in the heart of this county amid of some of the highest and most scenic peaks of the Rockies - a breathtaking panorama in every direction. It is the county's largest ski area offering three different neighborhoods to choose from; East Village, The Village at Copper and Union Creek, all with superior lodging, restaurants, services, and activities only steps away. Each village has a unique old world ambience with a safe stretch of meandering streets to amble around serviced by energy efficient shuttle buses, which make it easy to access the entire complex without ever driving your car. Lodging choices range from luxury hotel rooms to roomy condominiums, all within walking distance to lifts, restaurants and other services and most with lovely mountain views.
The ski area has four separate peaks that naturally spread out in such a way as to separate the three levels of skiers in their own "private Colorado"; expert trails are on the east side, as are the four challenging bowls, while most of the green runs are on the west side, so essentially it is each to his own level. Intermediate skiers slice down the middle and enjoy easy access to black diamond and green circles.
One never has to remove his skis to get to any of the three village centers, evoking the feeling of the European skiing experience of skiing from town to town. Copper has some awesome terrain for free stylers and snowboarders too. Its big park offers some 25 snow features, including a superpipe, tabletops and approximately 50 rails to entice the most fervent

 freer rider. Recently, a kid's terrain park has also been added to help young athletes hone their skills before heading to the big leagues.
Although winter is a guaranteed skier's paradise, most locals will tell you summer is their favorite season to enjoy activities like golf, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, hot air ballooning, fly fishing, boating or just a scenic chair ride in the near perfect warm, dry days and cool windy nights. What's great about Copper is that it never feels crowded, although it accommodates up to 1500 guests throughout the resort.
Copper is a gold mine of activities for everyone in every season. In winter, aside from the awesome skiing, there is the Copper Mountain tubing zone, an extensive three run park, ice skating on West Lake, horse drawn sleigh rides and dinner in a mining tent, dog sledding, snow mobiling above tree line on the Continental Divide and 25 kilometers of cross country skiing or snow shoeing on nearby resort trails. Indoor activities include an indoor pottery studio, a video arcade, and a state of the art health club offering a swimming pool, racquetball and spa services, including facials and massages.
Summer activities include golf on two award winning courses, including Copper Creek Golf Club, North America's highest 18 hole championship golf course and The Raven, featured in Golf Magazine's annual Top Ten you Can Play. Copper features some of Colorado's best mountain biking opportunities with cycling packages that appeal to all ages and levels. There is an extensive 20-mile Vail Bike and Ski Trail and hut system that begins in Union Creek and extends into the Vail Pass. It affords the option of staying overnight in a hut or yurt in all seasons. Water sports include, fly fishing, kayaking, boating, and river rafting.
Places to See
Nearby towns of Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon afford many shops, activities and attractions. Copper Mountain is close to the ski resorts of Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge and Vail.
Don't miss JJ's Rocky Mountain Tavern, a Copper Mountain après ski mainstay for the past sixteen years. The air is charged with rock tunes, people dancing and occasional revelers downing "ski shots" to celebrate something, anything, it seems. Endo's Adrenaline Café, Jack's Slopeside Bar and Grill and the Loose Caboose offer live music, sports activities and a variety of after skiing activities seven days a week. The more adventurous types head to Pravda, a Russian themed vodka bar and night club that really gets going after 8:00 PM. There's dancing and yee-haa sure to entertain all who enter its exotic atmosphere. Ski Magazine featured it as a must-see in the October 2003 issue. And don't worry about the vodka going to your head; you can easily walk home from there.
On summer nights, gather in the Burning Stones Outdoor Theatre for movies under the stars. Music in the Mountains has a variety of wandering minstrels to entertain you as you stroll the villages. A free summer concert series on Sunday afternoons features local and national acts for your entertainment. Nearby Breckenridge also has a classical music festival to enjoy.
Each of Copper's villages is teeming with dining choices sure to entice every taste and age group. Start with a delicious breakfast at the Columbine Café, or how about a delicious cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich at Camp Hale Coffee? After a few hard ski runs, its time for lunch at Frijoles, the new burrito bar offering homemade Mexican favorites and great margaritas, or how about pizza and a salad at Blue Moose Pizza or Creekside Deli and Pizza? Jack's Slopeside Bar and Grill offers great salads, sandwiches and views from their sunny deck. A great lunch with an awesome view can be had at Solitude Station off the American Eagle chair. After skiing, dinner is just steps or a shuttle ride away at Copper. In the mood for Chinese? Try the Imperial Palace. Good old American food? Endo's Adrenaline Café. Pasta and vegetarian fare? Try JJ's Rocky Mountain Tavern. Perhaps you are in the mood for more luxurious dining - try Alexander's on the Creek, Copper's newest eatery replete with great continental cuisine and jazzy piano music. Italian is terrific at the Tuscan Café where you can feast to your heart's content on a price fixe buffet.
There are several sport and ski shops speckled throughout, including one devoted to solely to telemark skiing. You can also make your own pottery at Ready, Paint, Fire, eat candy at Giggleworks or even paint your own tattoo onto whatever... at Brain Bucket Tattoos. There are clothes stores, gift shops, a food market, a liquor store and a video store too.
One thing to keep in mind when going to high elevations like Copper, is to prepare adequately beforehand by drinking plenty of water and staying away from alcohol and caffeine until you become acclimated. Altitude sickness can grab you unexpectedly and play havoc with your system.
Take a free ambassador's tour of the mountain on your first day of skiing. It is an invaluable lesson in getting the most from the mountain and you learn some great mountain folklore from the ambassadors too. Don't miss riding the Poma lift to the top of Copper Peak (elevation 12,441 ft.) to see the incredible views of the Ten Mile Range and Jacques Peak and ski the double diamond bowls while you're there.
Try the Super Bee lift at East Village. It goes all the way to the top and empties out onto some long and awesome runs with no lift line. You can get a Superbee pass and ski the expert/Intermediate terrain all day.
What I Think
Copper is the mother lode of ski areas. I've been to several Colorado ski resorts, but none have impressed me as much as Copper has. It's the little things that add up to quality and here's what I saw; tissues in the bathrooms and even on lift lines, nets on the backs of cafeteria chairs to hold belongings, free ski lockers conveniently located on the first floor of lodging facilities so you don't have to cart them up to your room/condo, Bavarian style buildings and bridges festooned with lights, old style wooden floors in retail shops, and my favorite, a place to have a gourmet hot chocolate (seven varieties) and a delicious chocolate covered pretzel after a hard day of skiing on a great mountain.
Copper attracts the unpretentious, earnest skier who is looking for a laid back good time. It is a free rider's paradise, but it also caters to families with kids including such fun stuff like a mountain scavenger hunt with map, a Kid's Night Out, where kids get to have fun with counselors while their parents have a quiet dinner. Every night there is a light show on snow at the bottom of the American Flyer Lift accompanied by music. All this and the raw beauty of the Rocky Mountains.