Copper Mountain is a mountain located in Summit County, Colorado, about 75 miles (121 km) west of Denver on Interstate 70. The ski area features beginner slopes on the western side of the mountain, intermediate slopes in the center, and expert terrain on the eastern side. Advanced "double black diamond" slopes are located on the two peaks above 12,000 feet (Copper and Union Peaks), including four expert-only bowls: Copper Bowl, Union Bowl, Spaulding Bowl, and Resolution Bowl. The resort offers free snowcat skiing to ticketed guests on its extreme terrain, Tucker Mountain. Copper Mountain Ski Resort has 2,465 acres of in-bounds terrain under lease from the United States Forest Service, White River National Forest, Dillon Ranger District.
Opened in late 1972, Copper Mountain's most notable use is as a ski resort, owned and operated by Intrawest until Dec. 2009, when operations were sold to Powdr Corporation.
Copper Mountain hosted the World Cup tour in 1976 with four alpine ski races: slalom and giant slalom for both men and women. Copper Mountain became an Official US Ski Team downhill training venue as of the 2011/2012 season.
Frisco, eight miles (13 km) east of Copper Mountain, is the closest town to the Village at Copper. Silverthorne is twelve miles (19 km) east the mountain. Copper Mountain is twenty miles (32 km) from Vail and five miles (8 km) east of Vail Pass. Leadville is twenty four miles (39 km) south west of Copper. Breckenridge Ski Resort is about three air miles directly east, but about 18 miles by road. Keystone Resort, and Arapahoe Basin also lie within Summit County, Colorado.
The Eagles Nest Wilderness Area is immediately north of Copper Mountain. Across Interstate 70, the Gore Range Trail and Wheeler Lakes Trail ascend across an aspen meadow and north through a gulch lined with spruce and fir. A few miles north, the North Tenmile Creek Trail and Meadow Creek Trail descend into Frisco from the Gore Range Trail.
The lodging, dining, and entertainment facilities at Copper Mountain are divided into three villages: East Village, The Village at Copper (AKA Center Village) and West Village (formerly "Union Creek").
The Village at Copper - AKA Center Village is the main village at Copper Mountain. The American Eagle and American Flyer high speed quads provide mountain access out to the west, central, and east sides. The American Flyer accesses the generally easier terrain.
East Village provides access to primarily expert terrain on the northeast face of Copper Mountain. The East Village has the Super Bee high speed six pack coming for its mountain access and a brand new restaurant, bar, cafeteria, and base area. photo The Super Bee life, or "B" lift, is a high-speed six-person lift to the summit of Copper Mountain. Alpine lift, or "A" lift, is a double chairlift servicing mogul runs on the northeast area of Copper Mountain. These lifts should only be used by intermediate or expert skiers and snowboarders.
West Village is home to the Kokomo easy lift, Union Creek Quad, Slingshot, Glide, and Rugrat lifts. This is predominantly the beginner or learning portion of the mountain. The main ski school is located on this side of the village and mountain. Above West Village, the American Flyer lift serves blue runs from Center Village. Timberline Express lift retrieves skiers and snowboarders from the intermediate terrain in the western meadows above Union Creek.