A Place Built To Find Your Limit, Freestyle - Copper Mountain
Summit County, Colorado is home to a few massive ski resorts, but Copper Mountain shines. Located 15 minutes from the nearby town of Frisco, Copper Mountain is easily accessible and has some of the best terrain around. The resort offers world-class freestyle parks along with big mountain thrills. It is also accompanied by a small ski village that features shops, hotels and restaurants.
What sets Copper Mountain above other resorts is its freestyle options. The terrain parks are built by Woodward, a snow and skate focused company that offers programs throughout the country. At Copper, the terrain parks are set up perfectly; progression between the easy, intermediate, and expert parks are seamless, allowing riders to advance through the levels with ease. In addition to the freestyle options, Copper Mountain's rad superpipe is formed by the same professional who cut the Olympic superpipes and is among the best in the country.
If you need off mountain preparation, Woodward offers an indoor training facility with ski and snowboard training for those looking to learn different tricks. The space is run by professionals who can train you on the mountain or indoors. Camps are also available in the summer for kids looking to get some skiing and snowboard action in while it's hot outside.
Copper mountain also has other great features on the mountain aside from its freestyle parks. The mountain is equipped with a wide variety of ski-runs ranging from beginner to expert along with some hike-to terrain options. The east side of the mountain offers some great options for beginners such as the Kokomo Express and Union Creek lifts. With multiple kid areas, beginner lifts and slow zones, those who are just starting out will feel welcomed. The middle of the mountain features intermediate blue runs for those looking for some smooth, groomed terrain. Try out the blue run “American Flyer,” which was voted by locals as one of the best runs on the mountain. The west side of the mountain is for the expert skiers and riders, offering steep, challenging, black runs. At the top of the mountain, test your skills on the Spaulding and Copper Bowls, or hike Tucker Mountain for an adrenaline rush.
Looking for something fun to do? Copper mountain offers a ton of fun events.
Come to Moonlight Dine and Ski every month for a luxurious meal and night skiing. View the torchlight parades and fireworks over the mountain on Christmas and New Year’s, or come for one of the biggest Easter egg hunts in country with over 20,000 eggs spread across the mountain.
There is fun to be had here all year round. There are a few thrills on the mountain as well that aren’t skiing and snowboarding. Try the Rocky Mountain Coaster next the American Flyer lift. One of the longest in North America, this coaster is 5,800 feet long and descends over 430 vertical feet. In the winter, give the tubing hill a whirl; this course has banks and curves that will take your breath away but keep you coming back for more.
Because Copper Mountain is not on the same season pass as neighbouring resorts like Breckenridge or Vail, crowds are small and prices are less expensive. This is a big draw for some people visiting Copper because the mountain’s terrain is better than others at a discounted price. Compared to other resorts, the crowd at Copper is almost non-existent. Of course, there could be lines during high peak times, but you will have an empty mountain all to yourself almost all-season long. Copper can get you more bang for your buck as you’re spending more time skiing and less time waiting.
The small town at the base of Copper Mountain also offers some great options for dining after a long day of skiing/boarding. If you are tired and need a rest, bars such as Jacks and Incline Bar and Grill give the option to sit outside and enjoy the mountain sun. There are also quick food options near the ski lifts such as A-Lift pizza, Mahi-Mahi Tacos and The Crepe Stand. There is food for all kinds of taste buds at Copper, and it’s easy to get to everything.
Another Copper Mountain plus is that it’s easily accessible and close to civilization. Some resorts such as Sun Valley or Telluride are isolated, but Copper is close to everyday amenities and near towns such as Frisco, Dillion, Vail, and Breckenridge. Travel is also a breeze. Flying into Denver International Airport and taking a shuttle is quick and easy. There is no need to drive a long way or take multiple flights to reach Copper.
With everything Copper Mountain has to offer, it should be on everyone’s list of go-to ski resorts. With short lines, world-class skiing, and a Woodward freestyle park, almost no other resorts can beat it. No matter the time of year, Copper will surely give you the entire package.
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