Copper Mountain Resort is popular destination, summer or winter. It is a great place to vacation! There is a wide variety of accommodations and lots to keep everyone entertained. Copper Mountain is a 10 minute drive west of Frisco or an hour west of Denver on I-70.
The history of Copper Mountain dates back to the mid 1800’s when miners invaded Summit County. Copper was discovered in the area that now takes its name from that mineral. In 1880, Judge John S. Wheeler established the settlement and railroad yard (Wheeler Junction) in the only flat area between Frisco and Leadville. It is a beautiful location between the Ten Mile and Gore mountain ranges. The old buildings can still be seen near the base of Alpine lift and along the back nine at Copper Creek Golf Course. After the gold rush, Wheeler recognized the potential for development and promoted the area as a trout fishing and horseback riding retreat.
Within Copper Mountain are three separate areas: East Village, Main Village & Plaza, and Union Station.
East Village offers a variety of restaurants, shops and lodging choices. The tubing hill is located here, where you ride back up the top of the hill holding on to a bar connected to a tow. The east side of the ski mountain is predominately intermediate skiing to expert runs. J.J.’s Rocky Mountain Tavern offers après’ ski and exciting entertainment to help finish off your day’s skiing experience.
Main Village & Plaza are the center of the resort, where you will find two high speed quad chairlifts speeding you up to the top of the pristine beginner and intermediate slopes. Most of Copper’s après’ ski, nightlife and entertainment take place in the Village at Endo’s Adrenaline Café and Jack’s Slopeside Bar & Grill. Alexander’s on the Creek rounds out Copper’s culinary experience by offering high-end fine dining. Shops abound where you can find ski equipment, clothing for any time of the day, or chocolate dipped strawberries at the Chocolate Factory. Rental equipment can be obtained for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating or, in the summer, paddle boats and fishing on the pond, Gore Creek, or Ten Mile Creek.
Union Creek serves as a day base area for the new skiers. You will find a great cafeteria in the day lodge here. A beginner’s ski paradise and the ski school house cater to those who are just starting to enjoy the thrills of skiing/boarding. Copper’s winter sleigh rides and summer trail rides originate from this sector of the resort as well.
Copper is the largest ski area in Summit County – with 2,433 acres of terrain and 22 lifts (1 six-person high-speed, 4 high-speed quads, 5 triple chairlifts, 4 double lifts & 3 conveyor belts) offering 2.602 vertical feet, 125 trails (21% beginner, 25% intermediate, 36% advanced, 18% expert). The ski area receives an average 280 inches of snowfall annually. Snowmaking covers 380 acres. Its base elevation is 9,712 feet and rises to 12,313 feet at the Summit. Copper Mountain first opened for skiing in 1973 and has grown into one of Colorado’s premier year around destination resorts.
Copper Mountain in the summer is also very busy! Golf is the major activity, but many enjoy bike riding, free rides up the ski lift, horseback riding, hiking, and fly fishing.
Free parking is restricted to the perimeter of the Village areas and visitors walk or are shuttled in from conveniently located free parking lots.Copper has preserved the focus in the Village to people activities rather than cars.
Copper’s full service resort offers complete conference facilities with multiple boardrooms, meeting rooms, scrumptious meals served to attendees, and comfortable on-site accommodations. There is a fine Athletic Club strategically located in the center of the resort. It has an Olympic size pool, hot tub, cardiovascular & weightlifting machines. The building also houses the check-in office for many of Copper’s guests.