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Visitor reviews for Copper Mountain Ski Resort
February 01, 2014
Steve Brack from Australia
First time, in USA, in 2010 and stayed at Copper for 7 days with my adult son. Had a great experience (even though I injured a knee after catching an edge on a lift). Food is great, service overall was very good, and is well placed to do factory outlets and visit Dillon and Silverthorne for days out. Nightlife slow - but was exhausted from the slopes; only intermediate skier but soooo good there! As with most of the Colorado experience, people are real friendly (especially if you are an Aussie) so take the time to talk on the lifts.
And if you're from Australia get used to no slow queues on lifts. But also the locals don't use chair restraint bars. Also, if it's your first time in the Rocky Mtns go hot tubing under the night sky, fantastic. The high elevation dry cold means you can enjoy it.
Copper Mountain Ratings
Overall: 4.4. Based on 4 votes and 3 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Copper Mountain.
Public Transport: 4.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Copper Mountain, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Copper Mountain, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Copper Mountain.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.8
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Copper Mountain, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Copper Mountain is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Copper Mountain relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Copper Mountain, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Copper Mountain are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Copper Mountain is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Copper Mountain, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.5
(1) Copper Mountain usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 5.0
(1) The staff at Copper Mountain are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Copper Mountain are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 5.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.8
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Copper Mountain has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Copper Mountain, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Copper Mountain, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Copper Mountain, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Copper Mountain has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.3
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.7
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.2
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.5
(1) Overall, Copper Mountain is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.5
(1) Overall, Copper Mountain is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 23, 2012
Reg Roberts from Jersey
Visited Copper Jan 10th 2012 for 10 days. As has been stated, it's a long way to go for a week but we were lucky with the deal we got which meant 10 cost us the same as 7 in Europe!
My wife and I could be the ultimate "mixed ability" group as she only skis gentle slopes and I like to think I can ski most terrain in a resort and at Copper Mountain that is the case.
The way the trails have been cut etc means that the mountain moves from right to left getting progressively more difficult which means that unlike many resorts in Europe those skiers who are beginners or very timid will not find themselves on terrain they should not be on. The trails are well signposted and the larger chairlifts have a trail map printed on the safety bar as well.
According to the locals they have not had the best snow year and had not yet been able to open many of the "off-piste" bowls etc, but on my humble opinion the "on-piste" was better than most European resorts I have visited .
One of the most noticeable aspects is the friendliness and politeness of lifties, bar and cafe and shop staff, all seem to enjoy having you there unlike many French resorts where you are a necessary evil, service with a smile instead of a snarl.
There are no full service hotels at Copper, it is all self catering and the accommodation can range from a simple one room two bed apartment up to houses the size of a small castle!! according to your budget. The apres is not like Europe and most bars and restaurants are quiet after 9 or 10 but the range of cuisine available is pretty good.
I would recommend the Alpinista for breakfast and for a special night out the CB grill portions are big compared to Europe but I considered the meals to be of good value and quality, beware though Copper Mountain is very high compared to all European resorts and you must keep drinking the water and try and stay off the beer if possible for a couple of days at least. We loved the whole place and will be back soon.
November 24, 2006
Nick from United Kingdom
There in Jan 06, really good quality service as you tend to expect in the US, friendly and occasionally perturbing for the sarcy european! Conditions fantastic real rockies powder snow, it seriously dumps here like the other resorts in the area. Very high resort, accomodation at around 3,000 metres so it takes a while to adjust to the altitude. It effects some more than others. The tree runs some of the best I've ever done with great glade areas which keep you busy on white out days. The bowls out the back other good off piste and during the week after a dump are awesome as no one is around. Being 2 hours from Denver it can get crowded at the weekend but go for the beeline lift ticket and you go straight past everyone, nice. Good park with 3 pipes, the terrain and conditions differs a lot from the French Alps where I ride most of the time, runs seemed less steep, tree line much higher but the quality of the snow is exceptional. Go for 10 days or more from Europe, check out Frisco for a real town Colorado beer and burger. Food ok ish, there is a good salad bar at the main food hall to get your five a day otherwise you'll struggle! Shops offer good range and price of kit excellent service, cheap compared with Europe. Bus and lifts are faultless, apres ski is a bit sleepy though no weird drinking songs here. Couple of good bars for later on if not a little expensive.
I would go again or to another resort nearby like Winter Park