One of Colorado’s premiere locations for terrain parks and top level snowboarding contests, Copper Mountain is a snowboarder’s dream. The resort is home to the original Woodward snow camp. If you are looking to develop your skills then you will be right at home in the foam pits and trampolines of the Woodward barn or the terrain parks on the hill. Beyond the park, Copper offers a wide variety of riding, whether you are in the back bowls off the summit access lifts or just sticking to the spaces inbetween trails on the front of the mountain, there is something for every ability level and interest.
- Access: Fly into Denver, Take I-70 West 75 miles, exit 195 for Copper Mt. Alternatively take the The Summit Express Shuttle from Denver Airport or the Summit Stage bus from nearby Summit County
- Season: Early November – Late April
- Number of lifts: 23 total – including 1 six person high speed lift and 5 high-speed quads covering 2,490 acres of rideable terrain and over 140 trails.
- Lift Ticket Prices: Adult (13-64) $150 USD; Child (6-12) $85 USD; Senior (65+) $98 USD. Discounts and season tickets available on coppercolorado.com
- Park Facilities: 5 Parks – including the Catalyst, Big Island and Woodward terrain park.
- Top Features: Woodward Copper – an action sports training facility with progression focused programming; 22ft Superpipe – used for competitions such as the U.S Grand Prix, Dew and Rev tours
Only 90 minutes from Denver airport
Copper village is nestled in the valley alongside I-70, the main artery which connects most of Colorado. Getting there is as easy is calling up Colorado Mountain Express and getting a shuttle from the airport. About 90 minutes later you will be up in the village and looking at the humble face of a deceptively sprawling resort.
When arriving in the Village you will be immersed in all the expected shops, restaurants and bars that go along with a ski resort. The unique feel of copper is that these are all part of the resort itself and not spread out across town. Separate businesses are organized in shared buildings and along footpaths instead of roads.
This is a very different vibe than most of the resort villages in the rest of Colorado. Here this tightly packed atmosphere sacrifices the rustic old mountain town feel. Instead, it favors the modern but close knit resort. The plus side being it doesn’t have as much traffic between its local businesses, just foot paths and ski trails connect everything.
Ride freshies with a local
When it comes to the mountain, you will find mostly rolling hills and conventional tight trails. With trees on the frontside which perfectly compliment the steeper faces and wide open powder fields and cliffs in the back bowls. The locals know all the good spots in the trees and if you are lucky enough to buddy up with one, maybe he or she will take you to their secret stash. You could find fresh untracked snow late into the afternoon or even a few days after the storm.
All 5 of the terrain parks are stuffed so full of features that your head will spin the first time you see them from the lift. Copper has a world class competition slopestyle line, the most imaginative and unique jibs in the region. Easily enough variety to keep everyone from a beginner to the top level pros in the world entertained.
Additionally Copper boasts a competition ready 22 foot superpipe right at the base of the American flyer lift adjacent to the lodge. Spectators and athletes alike can enjoy the view of the US Grand Prix and Rev tour competitions which visit the mountain yearly.
You will find some of the top name pros in Copper’s parks on any given day. More so in early season when everyone is in town prepping for Dew Tour. Names like Torstein Horgmo, Greg Bretz and Toby Miller are all regular guests over at Copper. Why? Because, there’s no other place like it. The local hotshots are all there too. Tylor Berreth, Grant Giller and Dillon Wilson are all big fans of the Woodward terrain parks. They are usually there filming for the mountain’s media pages and keeping the vibes good and stoked with heavy hammers.
Where to eat?
Whether you are on mountain, in the center village or on the eastern side of the village, you will find several options for dining and drinks.
If you find yourself at the top of the American Eagle lift check out Solitude Station. Solitude is the perfect place to recharge, hydrate and get a quick meal in before going back out. At 11,250ft it’s also the best way to get a bite without wasting any riding time. The food court at Solitude offers cajun, noodle bowls, giant burritos, pizza and a grill station. All accompanied by a selection of beers. It can be a tempting place to spend lunch on the deck. You can have a drink, absorbing the views of the Gore Range.
3 times a year Solitude offers an exclusive Moonlight Dine and Ski package. It’s fine dining at night, up on the hill, with the opportunity to ride down afterward. For the most special dining experience.
There are also 3 other on mountain eateries: Chuck’s Wagon is the on snow equivalent of a food truck serving grilled sandwiches.Flyer’s has soup at the top of American Flyer lift. T-Rex Grille has a great burger at the bottom of the Timberline Express lift.
If you’re more into eating at the village there’s the everyday mountain food court surrounded by bars and coffee shops. All of these offer food and together they take up the space at the bottom of the slope. You’ll find them between the American Flyer and American Eagle chairlifts. Stand outs are C.B. Grille across the footbridge closer to the highway. Mahi’s Street Tacos right next door featuring sustainably caught Mahi and the Mountain Melt featuring the budget food option of Mac and Cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Have a drink or go train at Woodward?
Additionally, Snowbridge Square liquor store has the most reasonable prices on alcohol in the village. It’s tucked away across the river, close to the highway.
Speaking of liquor, who’s ready for a drink? Now, Copper isn’t exactly known for having a wild and crazy nightlife with DJ’s and big concerts. However, there are few bars that stay open late and have a fun, comfortable atmosphere for the thirsty public.
On the Rockies Whiskey Bar is advertised as open 3pm to “late” on the weekends and has, you guessed it, Whiskey! Over 100 different kinds to be exact.
Are beer and games more your thing? Then you will have to try Mulligan’s Irish Pub. Open 7 days a week 5pm-2am. Offering beer pong, billiards, foozeball and cornhole you will find all the late night entertainment you can handle, with friends that you desire.
Finally, if you would rather end your day at Copper without a drink the Woodward Barn’s an option. They offer public sessions in the evenings where you can skate, ride the wheeled park boards on the rhythm track or bounce to your heart’s content on the trampolines. It’s through this combination that Woodward and Copper Mountain truly do come together to make a perfect snowboarder’s dream vacation.