Copper Mountain, Colorado: Almanac

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Getting There Copper is 75 miles west of Denver and Denver International Airport. Air service also is offered at the smaller Eagle County Airport, 40 miles west of Copper.

When To Go March averages the most snow, with 52 inches.

Sleeping In Luxury: Copper Springs Lodge, one-bedroom condos start at $335 per night; Moderate: Mountain Plaza Hotel, $300 per night; Budget: Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge in nearby Frisco (970-668-5094), $99 per night. Central reservations, (800) 458-8386.

Dining Out The main village is a construction zone, so dining is limited. Try the new Molly B's Restaurant, complete with a 54-foot-long bar. For casual fare, head to O'Shea's.

Après-Ski Sip a beer on the Copper Station deck. On Sundays, locals flock to Farley's Pub for "Buck-A-Bone" ribs. Or check out Kokomo's and entertainer Mo Dixon.

Kicking Butt Copper Bowl offers a "backcountry" experience in-bounds. Diehards hike the rim to showboat on Tucker Mountain's north face.

Kicking Back Go straight to the Copper Mountain Athletic Club for a massage. Relax afterward in the hot tub and saunas. Call (970) 968-2882.

Activities Families should head to the East Village for tubing or to the cross-country center at Union Creek for nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

Don't Miss Stop for a no-frills BBQ lunch at the base of S and R lifts.

Vital Stats Skiable terrain: 2,433 acres; 20 lifts (including one six-passenger lift and four high-speed quads); Base elevation: 9,712 feet; Summit elevation: 12,313 feet; Vertical rise: 2,601 feet; Average annual snowfall: 280 inches; Lift tickets (for 1998-99 season): $50 adults; 1999-'00 season pass price $299; central reservations, (800) 458-8386; www.ski-copper.com .

Buying In Resale prices range from $160,000 for a studio to $400,000 for a three-bedroom condo. New projects average $400 per square foot. Call Copper Mountain Real Estate, (800) 458-8386, ext. 4.