Nestled in the Colorado Rockies less than two hours from Denver, Copper is one of the closest major ski resorts to Denver International Airport, making it quick and easy to get to this winter wonderland. Plus, Copper’s three villages feel more like neighborhoods, and offer an assortment of great lodging, restaurants and things to do – most of which is within walking distance.
Copper Mountain Skiing
This renowned ski resort is comprised of five ski main areas: Union Peak, Spaulding Bowl, Union Peak, Union Bowl and Tucker Mountain. With 2,450 acres of ski terrain and world-class terrain parks, Copper Mountain will please skiers from first-timer through expert.
West Village area is home to beginner terrain; the middle area of the mountain is intermediate; the East Village offers nearly all black runs. Generally speaking, the terrain found above timberline is classified as expert, except for some of the area above Center Village, which is great for intermediates.
First-time skiers have perfectly gentle slopes to progress on. Novices will start on surface lift-accessed bunny slopes before moving on to beginner areas. After that, green trails can be accessed from the top of Union Peak, giving beginners the opportunity to do top-to-bottom cruisers.
Intermediates have a number of more challenging top-to-bottom cruisers, including Otto Bahn, a long leg-burning blue run that offers views of Copper Bowl and Tucker Mountain. In fact, with nearly 25 percent of Copper Mountain’s 126 trails designated as blues, intermediate skiers have more than their share of the mountain. The majority of Copper’s blues can be accessed by the American Eagle chairlift, but intermediates can ski off of nearly all of the resort’s 22 chairlifts.
Expert and advanced terrain makes up 54 percent of Copper’s skiable acres, and is comprised of four bowls, a lot of above-timberline terrain, moguls, glades and long black trails. In Rendezvous Bowl there are sustained black runs, while Spaulding Bowl offers high alpine extreme terrain. Some additional areas experts will want to check out include Enchanted Forest and the hike-to terrain at Union Bowl.