Copper Mountain Travel Guide
Maroon Bells, Colorado © Reimund Schuster
Copper Mountain is the largest holiday resort, in terms of area, in the whole of Summit County Colorado. The resort, owned by Intrawest, which also owns Winter Park (Colorado), Mammoth (California) and Whistler-Blackcomb (B.C, Canada), is an incredibly popular holiday destination and noted especially for its varying terrain and diverse runs. Copper Mountain boasts three villages filled with shops, restaurants, bars and a variety of accommodation. The village of Copper is the centre of the holiday resort and most of the action takes place around here. The East Village and Union Creek (on the west side of Copper Mountain) have fewer restaurants and shops. A few years back, Intrawest put a lot of money into the upgrading of the villages, with massive amounts of construction aiding to bring up the standard and reputation to where it stands today. Copper Mountain is now one of the most popular holiday resorts in the whole of Colorado and continues to attract visitors from within the United States and worldwide.
The Copper Mountain holiday resort has a lot to offer skiers and riders of all levels. Towards Union Creek are the beginners' slopes where the ski schools heads out to teach newcomers, or those simply in need of a refresher course, on the gentler green runs. The Village at Copper is more suited to intermediate skiers and riders, while nearby the East Village hides some of the black and double black runs for advanced skiers and riders. There are four bowls: Copper, Union, Spalding and Resolution, for the confident and experienced.
There are shops located throughout the villages of the Copper Mountain holiday resort, selling a variety of ski and snowboarding gear, clothing, jewellery and souvenirs. A number of outdoor equipment stores sell everything necessary for hitting the slopes, and a number of clothing brands are represented. Those looking for souvenirs will also find plenty of handicrafts and trinkets on sale. Chocoholics should be sure to visit the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Copper Mountain, to sample and purchase a delicious variety of chocolate infused eats.
While on holiday in the Copper Mountain resort, there is something for every taste. There are some fine dining options for special occasions but budget travellers will also find an array of hearty eateries selling reasonably priced food. When too exhausted form the slopes to venture out for food, visitors should check out Dine-In-Delivery, which delivers food from an array of restaurants throughout Copper Mountain.
Although not the best holiday resort for nightlife in the Rocky Mountains, Copper Mountain has a few bars and clubs that will be sure to meet après-ski needs.
There is plenty to do for all ages at Copper Mountain holiday resort. Snow-shoeing, snow-mobiling, tubing, ice skating, and even sleigh rides make up some of the alternative snow based activities. Away from the cold there is the après-ski Hot Springs Tour to relax the muscles in some of Colorado's geothermal springs, or even the Copper Mountain Athletic Club to give a further workout. Other sports include broomball or curling to get into the spirit of social team-oriented competition. Throughout the summer holiday months, Copper Mountain offers golfing and hiking as well as mountain biking.
Copper Mountain can get very busy over the Christmas and New Year holiday period and over Spring Break.