Located only 90 miles west of Denver International Airport, Copper Mountain is a conveniently located resort known for almost 2,500 acres of naturally divided terrain. While many resorts try to create distinct sections for each level of skier, Copper truly accomplishes this with a wide variety of runs within each section. Copper also offers a unique experience for expert skiers with free cat skiing on Tucker Mountain.
Among Colorado's first ski resorts to open in November, the base at Copper Mountain is at 9,712 feet with a resort summit elevation of 12,312 feet, it is an excellent family destination with youth and adult seasonal ski and ride school programs that up the ante on progression, plenty of mellow groomers and a wide array of activities besides skiing and snowboarding, including zip lines, tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating and more.
While locals can easily make the 1.5-2 hour drive from Denver and back in one day, those wanting to spend days at Copper Mountain have a bevy of options available. Condos, townhomes and private homes are available throughout the distinct base areas: East Village, with quick access to more challenging terrain off the Super Bee Lift; Center Village that's steps away from the shopping and dining of Burning Stones Plaza and great intermediate runs via American Flyer and American Eagle Lifts; and West Village, the ski school hub surrounded by family-friendly beginner terrain. You also can find lodging in nearby towns of Silverthorne and Dillon.