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3D Copper Mountain Trail Map based upon Google Earth



Average Annual Snowfall: 280" 
"Northern exposures can make conditions here better than Breckenridge despite less snow. Not as much competition here as Breckenridge and Keystone."


Copper Mountain Resort is located just 75 miles west of Denver and 20 miles east of Vail off Interstate I-70 at exit 195. It is accessible to Eagle (55 miles) and Denver International Airports (100 miles). Airlines include American, US Airways, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, US Airways, and United.


Airlines Serving Copper Mountain

Through Denver (DEN)

Through Eagle (EGE)
Aeromexico American
Air Canada Delta
AirTran Airways United
Alaska Airways  
British Airways  
Great Lakes Aviation  
US Airways  





Gray Line is the resort shuttle to DIA partner for Copper Mountain;  you can also book the Gray Line through the resort website. 

Colorado Mountain Express is the largest shuttle service, and offers service to and from both DIA and Eagle airports.

Big Sky Shuttle offers van service to DIA and Denver hotels.

Summit Express provides shuttle service between Copper Mountain and DIA.

Peak One Shuttle is another shuttle service between Summit County and DIA.



Directions from Denver International Airport

Directions from Eagle County Regional Airport


The free Summit Stage Bus takes you directly to the Copper Mountain entrance from all points of Summit County.



One of the best things about Copper Mountain is its accessibility. Most visitors stay either in Copper Mountain itself or in the town of Frisco, only 5 minutes away.  Copper lodging consists of condos, private homes, and townhouses, divided by neighborhoods. Copper has no hotels proper, but hotel-style options are offered in various condominiums. Those who stay in one of the Copper villages and book lodging through the resort may receive a Secret Pass lift ticket, formerly called the Beeline, which gives access to a shorter lift line. Breakfast is not included in Copper lodging, but units have full or partial kitchens. Copper Mountain lodging is convenient to the slopes, but the area has limited nightlife and conveniences.


The neighboring town of Frisco has an abundance of bed and breakfasts, shops, and restaurants, as well as a major supermarket. Breakfast is included in some of the Frisco hotels.




Maximum Occupancy

Price Range

54 Peaks Neighborhood



Named after Colorado's fifty-four 14,000-foot peaks, these modern condos and private homes are convenient to Center Village.


$150 to $250

American Neighborhood



These Center Village condos and private homes are close to the slopes.


$150 to $275

Cirque Neighborhood


These upscale condos and homes boast French Country decor and gourmet kitchens.


$175 to $350





Frisco Lodge

321 Main Street

Frisco, Colorado 80443


This historic bed and breakfast is housed in an 1885 stagecoach shop.


$85 to $125


 Dining at Copper Mountain requires strategy. Center Village offers the greatest restaurant variety, but it is also the most crowded during lunch hour. The resort management sometimes offers bargains at the other restaurants and cafeterias, as a means of dissipating the crowds.


Center Village Restaurants

Alpinista Family Bistro: This classic mountain bistro serves pancakes and hot breakfast selections in the morning, and a varied lunch and dinner menu. A highlight is the fondue, the perfect mountain meal.


Camp Hale: Camp Hale, on the same level as the gear shop, is a viable option when you want a quick sandwich, breakfast croissant, pastry, cocoa, or cup of coffee.


Casa Sanchez: Family-owned and -operated, this authentic Mexican restaurant serves an extensive array of margaritas and house specialties. A brunch menu is also available from 10 to 3. 


C.B. Grille: Copper's most upscale restaurant serves a creative menu of steak, lamb, pasta, and seafood. Make sure to look over the extensive wine menu, and don't forget about happy hour, 5 to 7 pm each day.


Copper Red Hots: A dog and a drink for $5? Just go to Red Hots, near the base of American Eagle, for a hot dog adventure. Gourmet mac and cheese is also offered, along with warm drinks and cold beer.


Endo's Adrenaline Cafe: Sandwiches, nachos, burger, salads: you name it, Endo's has it. Ski school instructors often take their classes to this sit-down restaurant known for its fast and efficient service.


Incline Bar & Grill: Located in the heart of Center Village, Incline offers an upscale menu and fabulous happy hour, including local draft beers for $3.


Jack's: Because of its extensive variety of food stations, Jack's is Copper's most crowded cafeteria. The Lemongrass Station is a popular option, serving pho and Thai curries.


Storm King Lounge: Get your sushi fix here! Storm King boasts an extensive selection of cocktails as well.


East Village Restaurants


Double Diamond: Family-owned restaurant at base of Super Bee serves steak, seafood, and pasta in addition to standard pub fare. Don't miss the apple pie!


Grand Hall Market: Copper's East Village provides terrain for intermediates and above, so the Grand Hall cafeteria is much less crowded than Jack's in Center Village. Grand Hall typically offers a choice of five items, each priced at $5.99. The pasta entree, which comes with a generous piece of garlic bread, rarely disappoints.


JJ's Rocky Mountain Tavern: Also sitting at the bas of Super Bee, JJ's has been voted Copper Mountain's best restaurant for 7 years running. Don't miss the apres music, featuring the legendary Moe Dixon as well as John Truscelli & Mando Mike. 



On Mountain


Flyer's Soup Shack: Stop at Flyer's for a quick bowl of chili or warm drink. Just to the east of the top of the American Flyer lift, Flyer's has limited indoor seating as well as an outdoor deck. Also serves burgers, brats, hot dogs, and beer.


Solitude Station: Located at the top of the American Eagle lift, Solitude Station usually provides a greater meal discount than Jack's does. In addition to regular ski cafeteria fare, Solitude offers Cajun specialties such as jambalaya, étouffée, and gumbo.


T-Rex Grill: You can't miss this spot at the base of Timberline Express lift. Enjoy a cold beer and a brat while sunbathing on the deck or in one of the lawn chairs. Restroom facilities are available, but indoor seating is not.


Union Creek


Union Creek Food Court: Union Creek is Copper's beginner area and home to the resort's children's ski school. Expect to find a variety of kid-friendly selections.



Trail Map
Unofficial Guide



Carbonate Real Estate has specialized in Copper Mountain properties since 1974. No one knows Copper better than broker/owner Tom Malmgren. Whether you want to buy a second home or just need to rent a condo for the weekend, Carbonate can serve you. 



Real estate agent Joanne Hanson of Mountain Living specializes in condos and single family homes in Copper Mountain and nearby Frisco. Clients can borrow her moving van to move into their new mountain home. Joanne keeps an updated blog about the Summit County real estate market.


Second Night 50% Off: Book one night and receive the second at half price.

Third Night Free: The early bird catches the deal at Copper Mountain. 

Powder to the Pillow: Those who plan ahead, get ahead. Powder to the Pillow promotion lets you pre-pay for three to six nights of lodging, which can be used whenever you wish. 


Copper Four Pack: Four days for $149. This pass is only available in person at Copper Mountain Guest Services.


New in 2012, the Alpine Rush Zip Line whisks you over West Lake, winter or summer. 

Woodward at Copper is an indoor/outdoor freestyle training camp that offers terrain park and half pipe lessons, as well as trampoline and indoor foam pit jump training. Public sessions on Copper's newest outdoor park at Green Acres will run Saturdays beginning June 22.


Copper offers a tubing hill, ice skating, and free snowshoe tours. The Coppercade features pinball machines and video games, as well as a photo booth, a carousel, and a train ride. Copper's special events include

Lift Off Presented by Sprint

Left Over Yam Jam

En Fuego Tree Lighting

Visa US Halfpipe Grand Prix

Santa Comes to Copper

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade

Summer activities for 2013 begin on June 14, and include running events, yoga workshops, bike races, live concerts, and of course the Warrior Dash.

Copper Mountain Conoco Gas Station: 50 Frontage Rd, Frisco, CO 80443

McCoy's Mountain Market is a small supermarket in Center Village. For a complete grocery selection, visit Safeway in Frisco. 1008 Summit Boulevard
Frisco, CO 80443 (970) 668-5144


The Good: Free cat skiing to Tucker Mountain, free all-mountain tours, and free cookies from the mountain ambassadors.

The Better: Outdoor concerts and En Fuego, which features a torchlight parade, entertainment, bonfire, and fireworks.

The Best: Bump Buster Camps and the Public Race Arena and NASTAR.



Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain is a unique resort that has something for everyone. The terrain is naturally divided into beginner, intermediate, and expert areas, each located on different parts of the mountain and each generally served by its own lifts. The happy result is that beginners aren't intimidated by fast-moving experts, advanced skiers aren't held up by slower beginners, and intermediates are left to frolic among themselves. Another main benefit of skiing at Copper is that, despite its world-class terrain, it receives fewer skier visits than the more crowded Summit County resorts, namely Breckenridge and Keystone. Visiting Copper during busy holiday times results in more skiing. And skier traffic is facilitated by a network of high-speed quad, fixed double/triple, and a few surface lifts that generally match skier traffic. The village at Copper Mountain offers more than 40 shops and restaurants, all within walking distance from the base. There's a variety of modern condo lodging, and many units have true ski-in/ski-out access. In summer, golfers can play North America's highest-altitude course, Copper Creek.

Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet5
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double5
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple5
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person1
Lifts-Total number of lifts23
Lifts-Total lift capacity32,324/hr
Trails-4-Expert only18%
Trails-5-Terrain park2
Trails-6-Half pipe1
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run2.8 mi
General-Base elevation9,712 ft
General-Vertical drop2,601 ft
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds2450 acres
General-Snow making coverage380 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: None

Cons: Instructors AND the unprofessional management of the ski school

I would give 0 stars if it were possible. I have never been so furious at a ski instructor or the way a ski school is run in my entire life. My son needed to use the bathroom during his lesson and was DENIED and ended up soiling his pants. Not only that, the ski resort has the audacity to call me the day after and reprimand me for being angry and reporting the ski instructor. If you do decide to enroll your child in this horribly run program, do NOT let them be instructed by Linda Salhany. I am never returning to this mountain again even if it's close to home.


Pros: Great terrain, good snow, decent crowds

Cons: Minimal nightlife.

     I grew up skiing here, and at Keystone resort. This is known around Summit County as the resort for locals, evidenced by its consistent first place rank among Summit County resorts according as voted by locals.
     It has great, varied, and divided terrain. Someone might think that too much is made of this "natural division" feature, and while it's not Copper's only bragging point, it makes skiing here so much better. When I visit other mountains, the mix of newbs and experts is unpleasantly surprising. At Copper, I'm used to enjoying the advanced areas without worrying about the dude in the jeans and hunting hat (nothing against him as a person, of course).
    The free cat skiing is great. It accesses some of Copper's steepest and gnarliest slopes. I've pretty much explored the whole in-bounds area, and Copper has lots to offer to riders at each skill level, with tons of hidden goodies!
     A number of fast lifts service all the main nexuses, and I find I tend to get more skiing done at Copper than at any other resort I've been to.
    Copper has worked to make the village a more lively place, but it is generally pretty quiet. That said, I have had some awesome nights there - New Year's Eve in particular. One advantage of the quite village are decent specials - especially at the local chinese restaurant and pizza place. Just walk a few blocks from the slopes and you're bound to run into some of the local flavor. 


Pros: Long and steep blue runs, easy access via I-70, not as crowded as other Summit resorts

Cons: Rental lines are sometimes bad

Skied here two days in Mar '15 and two days 15/16 season, so far.  I'm an intermediate skier and Copper has lots of blue runs of varied terrain.  There are easy blue groomers to warm up on, then challenging steep ones as well as some with moguls.  If you go up American Eagle or Super Bee lifts and then take Excellerator, you can get in some incredibly long runs of blue terrain.  I was able to get in over 23 miles of descent on a sunny Sunday, Jan 3.  Lift line traffic was only heavy around 9-12:00 at base and Timberline but the lines moved quickly; never lines at Excellerator.  Enjoyed the skiing here and the ease getting around the village.  Will definitely be back in a few weeks and on future CO trips.   


Pros: accessibility, atmosphere, terrain-bowls/trees, not crowded

Cons: Proximity to Breck/Vail

Love Copper. It's a great mountain with awesome trees and gets fantastic snow. The back bowls are great, as well as the snowcat access. I have been to all the ski area/resorts in Summit/Eagle counties and Copper is by far the best for overall experience. I don't like waiting in lift lines with 100's of people or riding down an arms length away from 200 of my closest friends, who think they're entitled to the entire run. Copper has just enough in the Village areas to make it a resort but doesn't have the overcrowded, fancy-pants atmosphere. I've always had positive, fun experiences here and will continue to purchase a pass at this mountain for as long as I'm in the area. 


Pros: Sun, the Onion Roll, back bowls, woods

Cons: crowded

I liked this mountain, it was always sunny every time i went, it was close to Leadville where i went to college, and the place is huge. My goal was to get to this huge air everyone talked about in the back bowl area, the Onion roll. It was, like everyone said, huge. After some flips and tons of hiking back up to it after hitting it, i had my fill. Copper has some really cool woods, and if i were a snowboarder id be super psyched also. I spent about 25 days there overall. It was the first mountain i had skiied out West, and was a perfect example of what West coast skiing was like. 


This mountain also created an interesting story for my friend and I, the most notorious one so far: 


We happened to find a huge jump, but it was off the side of the trail, just under the lift. (I dont advise doing this, at all) So we skied down to this spot, turned fast so people couldnt see us. hopped over it at about 50, disappeared out of sight fast. Multiple times.

So the last time (because this ended our nice little hit of a jump into a chute) i picked up to pre jump over the rope and the right ski went under the rope, which, at that speed wrapped itself around my leg, snapping the 6x6 post it was attached to, but it totally slowed the fall to the point where i almost didnt feel it. Well, my friend was already down below in the chute, I un-winded the yellow nylon rope around my leg- in disbelief, put the ski back on and hit another slight cliff and landed just behind him, looked down and saw a blue crack opening up, avalanche. Sh*t. My college roomates were all taking mt rescue courses and knew the types of snow, tempreatures, all that stuff about how to stay out of them. I had no idea, this was new to us. WE didnt have a grid with a magnifying glass to look at the snow structure and the way it was packed. I yelled at him because he skied off as soon as i landed, and he didnt notice the whole surface he was skiing on was moving, not him. I yelled at him right at the time that he obviously noticed it and told him to ski left. That Avi covered an amazing amount of distance in 1 second. 

Now, there was a ski patrol about a 1/4 mile or what it seemed down from us who saw the whole stupid show: me jumping over the fence, breaking the post that was holding the ropes down the side of the trail, in a superman leap 20 feet above the ground, then landing and causing an avalanche,  and then my friend who skiied past him at about 60 mph and took off into the woods. It was as funny then as it is now. The patrol was so surprised i was un-injured that he never said anything other than stay away from this area, and be careful. OK. Out west is nothing like East Coast skiing. I had so much fun there aside from that, we were young. But they're serious about staying on the trails there and other MTs out west. They have deep tree-wells there, its so sunny. If you see someone covered from head to toe on that mountain, either the person was seriously overdressed, hiked from the parking lot to the top, or fell into a tree well. 


Pros: Lots of terrain, great local/vacationer ratio, bowls.

Cons: Not every lift was open.

I never heard of Copper Mountain until a relative of mine moved nearby. I visited her for Christmas break that year and was very, very surprised by Copper Mountain. I purchased my tickets in denver at a local sporting goods shop and got a great deal (something like 4 days of skiing for less than 200 bucks). The amount of quality terrain at Copper made this lift ticket package an awesome value. The mountain had fast lifts, fantastic powder, and a variety of advanced terrain that kept me busy the entire week. They supposedly have a great area for beginners but it was closed during my visit (much to the disappointment of my fiancé). The mountain is naturally divided by difficulty level; icing on the cake for this skier. The ski village is great; lots of great bars and eateries staffed by friendly folks. I highly recommend Copper Mountain for anyone looking for something different from the typical mega ski resorts in CO but still want to experience the powder and peaks for which CO is famous. biggrin.gif


Pros: Conveniently located off the I-70

Cons: limited advanced and expert terrain

Copper mountain is a mid size resort with sufficient intermediate and beginner terrain.  It is popular amongst locals and tourists staying in summit county might hit it for a day or two.  There is not much to keep advanced and expert skiers busy, though it is worth a visit.


Pros: the back side

Cons: park rats

lots of kids.....in the park..at the base...all around.

if your into the park scene hit it up.  terrain is ok.  cool to go there if in summit county.

just not my place....theres alot of runs but few lines....


Pros: Naturally divided terrain, free cat skiing, great bowls

Cons: no real town

One of my favorite CO resorts.  Copper has some great terrain, especially in the back bowls, and the cat skiing is definitely worth trying (especially if you get on the first cat in the morning).  The naturally divided mountain makes it easy to stay with similar level skiers, and also keeps certain lift-lines to a minimum.  The lack of town can be a pro or con - it means there may not be as much of a crowd on the mountain, but also means there might not be as much to do at night.  However I think the mountain itself more than makes up it's lack of apres ski options.  Several great runs for every skill level.  It used to be easy to find some great deals, but prices have gone up a bit in the last year or two.  Yet it's still a better value than many others in Summit County.  Definitely recommended.


Pros: Terrain, Snow, Traffic, Access

Cons: Sometimes the snow can get thin where you don't expect it

I have skied Copper as a member of the Ski & Ride School since the 04/05 season. It's a great mountain, especially once you get to know it well... or if you're with someone who can take you around.


Skiing the east side (where much of the lower-mountain steep skiing is) requires care in considering the temperatures, sun exposure, and the impact to the conditions, since the snow tends to get lots of sun and therefore can get either sloppy or icy (or both!). On a powder day, though, you can ski top-to-bottom powder bumps that will keep you busy all day.


The upper mountain, though, is where it's at, from east to west. Spaulding Bowl, Hallelujah, and the hidden stashes all have their own attraction and are highly recommended. Spaulding Bowl has some very steep shots like Patrol Chute and So Fine, but it also has terrain that is acceissble for many more people like Board Walk and Marvin Gardens (into Spaulding Bowl and to skiers right off the top of the Storm King lift). In addition, Lower Enchanted Forest offers some amazing lines both in the trees and on the marked trails, and Southern Star together with the front and back sides of Sierra all offer great powder shots and hidden jewels.