This longstanding locals’ favourite has emerged on the international ski market, thanks to a huge amount of investment in the past two decades. Snow quality is reliably good, and the transfer from Denver only takes two hours but what really stands out is the trail system.
Naturally divided-up, Copper Mountain has three distinct sections for different abilities. If you’re a beginner, you can ski top-to-bottom greens, while intermediates have a superb network of blues, and advanced skiers have double black diamonds in the Spaulding and Copper bowls. There’s even cat-accessed backcountry*, a dedicated Family Zone, and a public freestyle training park, Woodward at Copper.
*NEW FOR 2019/20 - a three-person fixed-grip chair, loading at Blackjack and taking skiers and riders up to 12,200 ft at the top of The Taco Chute. This expert high alpine terrain on Tucker Mountain was previously only accessible by hiking and snow-cat tours on weather-permitting weekend days. The new chair will run seven days a week, providing quick repeat access to the incredible 273 acres of steep chutes and gladed trails which make up the in-bounds terrain here.
With a relaxed, family-friendly vibe, the purpose-built resort village has three linked areas - the free shuttle bus takes just five minutes to travel between them. Centre Village is the main focal point for bars and restaurants and, for more restaurants and bars, the small town of Frisco a six-mile shuttle ride away.