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Copper Mountain Reviews

Positive Reviews


Copper is the locals' mountain!


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...
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Negative Reviews


HORRIBLE Ski school experience


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.

More Reviews


Long Intermediate Runs


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...
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Great Mountain


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. 
Rich Larow

From what i first gathered, Copper Mt is a snow boarders dream


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...
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Great Skiing minus the glitz of other CO ski destinations.


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;...
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Worth exploring for a day trip


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.

park rats


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....

Great mountain


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...
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Locals area with great terrain variation and segregation


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...
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Pros: The bowls, naturally divided terrain

Cons: lift prices have gotten expensive

 I love Copper.  It's naturally divided terrain keeps different levels of skiers from getting in each others way.  When there is fresh snow a lot of the groomers are left half ungroomed so you can ski them either way.  A great benefit when skiing with friends or family members who don't like skiing on ungroomed snow.