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Copper mountain compared to vail and breckenridge

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

we are headed to colorado on march 4th for 5 days, i have been looking at vail and breckenridge, but i'm having a hard time finding lodging that is ski-in, ski-out. i found more places at breckenridge, but alot have you have talked about alltitude sickness being a problem at breck. I started to look at other places to stay, copper mountain has a few nice condos, how does it compare to the other two? village? crowds? price? etc. it will just be me and my brother, we will be driving from denver, first ski trip to colorado

post #2 of 18

Copper will be much less crowded on the slopes and lifts than any of the Vail Resorts.  Breck will have the coolest town with things to do and Copper will be by far the least.  At Copper you can pretty much ski and go to bed.  Many folks crack on the faux Bavarian feel of Vail but I always have fun there.  If you are looking for evening activity then I would rank them this way 

 

Breck

Vail 

Copper

 

For terrain Vail is as big as Copper and Breck combined other than that they are the same (Vail generally gets 20% more snow but is lower in elevation so it doesn't hold it as well and it will be crowded but probably not as crowded as Breck....Copper will be much less crowded than either.....

 

Hope this helps

post #3 of 18

Copper's just as high@9700ft.

 

If ski in/out is that important, check out Snowmass.  80% of the village is above the lift and it will be much less crowded than any summit areas. 

post #4 of 18

have not been to any of these, but I think Shredhead is on the money if ski in/out is important.

post #5 of 18

"Ski in, ski out" costs a bundle anywhere.  Altitude sickness can be a problem at any Colorado ski area.  Taking it easy the first day and drinking liquids (not alcoholic) helps.  If you stay anywhere in Summit County (Colorado) you have your choice of five areas: Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge and Copper.  You could go one each day!   Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are mostly above timberline so are great on a sunny day, bad in overcast/whiteout.  Staying in Silverthorne or Frisco puts you in the center of it all, and would be cheaper.  There is a free bus service: the Summit Stage if you don't want to drive (except it doesn't go to Loveland). 

 

Your problem will be too many choices.  There are worse. 

post #6 of 18

I've found Copper to have relatively affordable ski in/out. The main thing you need to know is that you'll end up driving in to Frisco for groceries or whatnot. The village at Copper doesn't have that much. If fewer people matters more to you than nightlife and restaurants, it's a good pick. If you want to be able to walk to everything you need, it's not (though if you don't need groceries and aren't picky about restaurants you can probably make do with what's there).

post #7 of 18

Copper: ski in & out more affordable, shorter lift lines, not as much nightlife because there isn't a town at the mountain

Breck: ski in & out a bit more expensive, busier lift lines, good nightlife in town

Vail: ski in and out really expensive, huge resort so you can find shorter lines, good nightlife in town

 

Copper is actually located in the middle of these, so if you don't mind driving you could go to both on different nights (so long as you're not too sloshed to drive back).  Coming from the east you'll find the skiing to be spectacular no matter where you go.  

post #8 of 18
You're planning to rent a car, so you could stay in Frisco/Silverthorne/Dillon for lower lodging costs and ski Keystone, Breck, Copper, Vail, Beaver Creek, A-Basin and even Loveland with just a few minutes in the car.

If slopeside lodging is paramount, take Shred's advice and go to Snowmass.
post #9 of 18

I don't know anything about nightlife, so can't comment on that.  Copper seems to be overlooked in terms of it's ski terrain.  It has a very good mountain with a good mixture of terrain.  It's steeps are better than Vail's.  The mountain has a more consistent pitch to it, so you don't wind up with the flats at the bottom of the mountain like Breckenridge.  Copper has ok steeps, great bump runs, excellent intermediate terrain, and some very nice tree skiing.  It has much lower ski traffic than either Vail or Breckenridge.  It's where I ski during high ski traffic days.

 

Mike

post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

I don't know anything about nightlife, so can't comment on that.  Copper seems to be overlooked in terms of it's ski terrain.  It has a very good mountain with a good mixture of terrain.  It's steeps are better than Vail's.  The mountain has a more consistent pitch to it, so you don't wind up with the flats at the bottom of the mountain like Breckenridge.  Copper has ok steeps, great bump runs, excellent intermediate terrain, and some very nice tree skiing.  It has much lower ski traffic than either Vail or Breckenridge.  It's where I ski during high ski traffic days.

 

Mike

Mike is full of it....Copper sucks....nothing to see here....... move alongnonono2.gif

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post

Mike is full of it....Copper sucks....nothing to see here....... move along:nono:

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By all means, go to Vail. Or Breck. Better yet, Utah is the only place worth skiing.

Mike
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Going to vail.... Booked a condo today in lionshead. Now, where can I get a full size vail trail map? I called vail, to send me one,but they said they are going green, everything is on the website.
post #13 of 18
Vail is relatively flat compared to Copper, which has the best snow i Sumt County in Unon Bowl. It has the best bumps, equally as good as Mary Jane, and has the best high-speed groomers. It also has the best tree skiing, much not on the map. It is laid out well, and almost never has lift lines. I've skied all over North America, used to be a local at Whistler, and this resort is where I have my Season Pass (I live in VA). It's as good as Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton (all great places), but bigger and more varied than any of them.
post #14 of 18
I'll add that Copper has MUCH better snow consistency and quality than Whistler! Also better than Vail, which is lower in elevation. The Vail back bowls are only good right after a dump, otherwise they bake in the southern exposure.
post #15 of 18

Three year old thread Dahlquist.

post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post

Mike is full of it....Copper sucks....nothing to see here....... move along:nono:

I like Copper but the middle and right side looking up the mountain are pretty easy . Only the left side and above tree line are any good . That really narrows the amount of terrain if you are a strong intermediate or advanced skier .
Personal I prefer the Back Bowls of Vail with the huge amount of ungroomed terrain .
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by DahlquistDQ10 View Post

Vail is relatively flat compared to Copper, which has the best snow i Sumt County in Unon Bowl. It has the best bumps, equally as good as Mary Jane, and has the best high-speed groomers. It also has the best tree skiing, much not on the map. It is laid out well, and almost never has lift lines. I've skied all over North America, used to be a local at Whistler, and this resort is where I have my Season Pass (I live in VA). It's as good as Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton (all great places), but bigger and more varied than any of them.

I like Copper just fine but I'm afraid you may be getting a little carried away here.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Jimmypowder View Post

I like Copper but the middle and right side looking up the mountain are pretty easy . Only the left side and above tree line are any good . That really narrows the amount of terrain if you are a strong intermediate or advanced skier .
Personal I prefer the Back Bowls of Vail with the huge amount of ungroomed terrain .

This is a correct assessment . I stay on the left side and above tree line .
The back bowls at Vail are in another league entirely.
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