Resort Guide 2018: West #23
“A local mountain that skis like a big mountain. It’s not the fanciest but it’s also not pretentious, and the skiing is excellent once you know the mountain. It is a great value and family friendly, but the base area feels small and lacks a central theme.” - SKI Magazine Reader
The vibe here is somehow simultaneously hip and refreshingly old-school: Go have some damn fun. Copper sees—and markets—itself as the rebel force to the corporate imperial army down the road. It works. “It is the great alternative,” says one reader.
Both next-gen Woodward and the U.S. Ski Team’s speed center call Copper home, which tells you a lot. Copper is quietly one of the better skiable mountains in all of Colorado. “There’s no other resort where you can ski in two hours the vertical and terrain that you can here,” a reader says. The East Village is family headquarters with its easy-riding Super Bee six-pack. There’s no cover charge on the Super Bee, but we’ll institute a two-run minimum when ripping with the kids. A ski resort reveals its bona fides in a variety of ways, but “I named my dog after Copper” is as good as any we’ve heard in a while.
Endo’s. Great vibe. Next to the Center Village lifts. Good cheap food. Can get crowded, so patience is occasionally needed. Go turf and surf: Adrenaline Hot Wings, then Blackened Fish Tacos.
The free Tucker Mountain Snowcat Rides. The turns in Tucker and Copper Bowl are the real deal and are an easy way for you and the kids to taste true backcountry skiing. Pickup is at the base of the Mountain Chief double.
Rants and Raves
“You can go to dinner in your long underwear. And if you have nice long underwear, you’re overdressed.”