Uncrowded Weekdays, High Quality Powder - i.e. Lots of North Facing runs, Friendly
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I can't say enough about Copper - It's a real breath of fresh air from the more popular, crowded, and hectic resort scenes of Summit County. You can find yourself here on an early weekday powder morning with a few other souls - enjoying truly untouched lines of cold smoke. Lots of variety - from warm up runs on the front side, to steeps like Far East and Resolution, to hiking the back bowls of Tucker Mountain - Copper offers up a great day of adventurous skiing. While Breckenridge locals are lining up at Chair 6, Imperial, T-Bar, whatever -120 people deep-, to ski 3 inches of chewed up S/E facing windpack, (Never understood that, and still don't) Copper locals will be finding light, dry freshies all day until their legs collapse. Also, from the top of the mountain, are some really great views of the west side of the Tenmile range, including The Sky Chutes - 3 very large avalanche paths across the street that are occasionally skied when conditions and abilities permit, and also some dreamy views of the Crystal, Pacific, and Fletcher Peaks region to the Southeast. The only reason Copper doesn't get 5 stars, is the unfortunate fact that it lies in Summit County - Which means that you just don't get many really significant storm events (1-2 feet, or more) unlike you get on a regular basis in Southwest CO and other parts of the West. (UT, WY, MT, BC) I had a "Snow Day" pass here for 2010/11 - It's a $99 dollar season pass that allows you to ski only on days when it snows 4 inches or more - What a Great Value.- The downside = There are an awful lot of 1-3 inch days in Summit County.