WHY: Copper has shaken off its hot-girl- behind-the-frumpy-glasses image, but people still blow by it to ski Breck or Vail. Their mistake. They’re missing out on miraculously crowd-free terrain that ranges from the trees of the Enchanted Forest to perpetually blown-in Spaulding Bowl. (Actually, Copper, please keep the glasses on.)
WHAT: Copper’s terrain naturally segregates skiers by ability level. All the fun stuff is in the back, so make a beeline for Tucker Mountain and Union Peak to ski short but steep shots—or hop a ride on the free snowcat.
WHERE: Because the après scene is pretty quiet, head to The Barn at Woodward to launch yourself into the foam pit. Childish, maybe. Awesome, yes.