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Copper Mountain


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Pro tip: Copper tends to be quieter than some of the other ski resorts in the I-70 corridor of Colorado, so it can be a good bet for a Saturday or Sunday. The place holds lots of great terrain and its snow stays fresh late into the season because so much of the ski resort is north facing. The village at Copper Mountain has gobs of on-hill lodging options, making it a great family pick.  MORE

Core Strenghts

Copper Mountain
Travel Ease
87.1
Overall
77.5
Snow Quality
74.8
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

30

Rank in
Region

22

Rank in
State

12

Best time for snow at
Copper Mountain
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Copper Mountain

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Saturday
Day
1-3"
Night
1-3"
Sunday
Day
0"
Night
1-2"
Monday
Day
1-3"
Night
1-2"
Tuesday
Day
1-2"
Night
0-1"
Wednesday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
True Snow: 280" per year
Snow Quality Rank

20

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

71

Copper Mountain is ranked No. 71 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

10.6%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

4.1%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

20.2%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

71

Copper Mountain is ranked No. 71 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

20

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

2601 ft

12313 ft
Base Elevation: 9712 ft

Slope Aspects

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The Skiing

75 miles west of Denver, I-70 manages to obtain a true east-west bearing just long enough to frame a ski resort with a dominant north-facing aspect: Copper Mountain. This charm of geography yields a mountain with 60% north-facing terrain, a mark that exceeds Vail, Beaver Creek and Telluride. Combine this with Copper’s healthy summit elevation and you get a mountain that punches above its weight class.

Copper benefits from speedy lifts that quickly deliver you to big blue groomers with nice fall lines. The upper bowls get tracked up pretty quickly on the weekend, but are wide open and ski well on weekdays and during storms. Over the years, Copper has also put a lot of effort toward expanding its high-country access via a snow cat program that gives free lifts to adjacent Tucker Mountai. It works better than we had expected; definitely worth a traverse.

Overall, the mountain skis a lot like Keystone, but the logistics feel somehow easier. Lifts take you where you want to go and the terrain is continuous enough that you don’t get stuck in holes that are cut off from the rest of the mountain. We don't like being cut off.

Town

Like many I-70 resorts, the ski resort of Copper was born the same year as “the town”. The architecture is standard Colorado fare and the vibe is decidedly straightforward. Many of the restaurants feel like they’re brought to you by the owners of Rock Bottom Brewery, with the notable exception of the Belgian Bean, which serves up made-to-order handheld Belgian waffles.

In spite of having a somewhat homogenous, corporate feel, the base has enough options to check the boxes and keep you sustained during your stay. And the town of Frisco, which has a genuine Main Street and a healthy supply of quality restaurants, is only six miles down the road.


A few words on the Snow at Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain’s snow record is typical for Colorado. 11.1% of winter days with 6 inches or more of snow and 20% of winter months with 30 inches or less are middle of the pack for western destinations, while 4% of months with 90 inches or more is on the low side. Snow density as in most of Colorado is as light as it gets. Among the big Front Range resorts, Copper tends to be less busy than Breckenridge, Vail and Keystone.

Accumulation and Preservation

Copper averages 65% open at Christmas, and is less than half open by Christmas in 25% of seasons. The steepest terrain on the upper mountain is often not open until mid-January. Even by Colorado standards Copper's snow preservation is outstanding. It’s over half north facing and ski elevation is 9,700 – 12,300 feet. Surfaces are mostly packed powder well into April. Copper is one of the best late season resorts in North America up to its late April closing date.