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Coppervale Resort Reviews

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Coppervale Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Coppervale Ski Resort

  • February 02, 2013
    from United States

    Glad another reviewer was able to find a pass to Mt.Shasta ski park for only $4 more than Coppervale's meager $25/day lift ticket. Yes, you do need to ride an old Poma platter lift correctly to keep from derailing it and/or destroying the track and yes, we do not take kindly to whiners who want express quads and perfect groomers for $25/day. We do really love our local, old time ski hill with short, steep, groomed, glade and off-piste skiing. Please enjoy Mt. Shasta for a mere $44/dy.

  • Coppervale Ratings

    Overall: 2.2. Based on 2 votes and 3 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.5

    (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 Coppervale.

    Public Transport: 2.5

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Coppervale, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 3.0

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 2.0

    (1) No places to stay in/near Coppervale, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.5

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 1.0

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Coppervale.

    Ski in/Ski out: 1.5

    (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.

    Childcare: 1.5

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Coppervale, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 2.5

    (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) Coppervale is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 1.5

    (1) Coppervale relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 2.5

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Coppervale, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Coppervale are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.0

    (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) Coppervale is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 1.5

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Coppervale, 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: 2.5

    (1) Coppervale 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: 2.5

    (1) The staff at Coppervale are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Coppervale are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.5

    (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: 2.0

    (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: 2.0

    (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: 2.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Coppervale has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 3.0

    (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.

    Intermediates: 2.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Coppervale, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 1.5

    (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: 1.5

    (1) Not even a kicker at Coppervale, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 2.5

    (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.

    Cross-country: 2.5

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Coppervale, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 1.5

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Coppervale has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 2.0

    (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.

    Eating: 2.0

    (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.

    Apres-Ski: 1.0

    (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: 1.0

    (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.

    Entertainment: 1.5

    (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: 1.5

    (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: 3.0

    (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): 2.5

    (1) Overall, Coppervale 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): 3.0

    (1) Overall, Coppervale 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.

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  • October 21, 2011
    from United States

    Coppervail (Coppervale) is a great place for powder days and having fun with friends. I know the people that work there and they are very nice and respectful and will help you without hesitation. It's not a locals hill, it's a cool little place to go when you don't feel like making the drive to Tahoe or Shasta and it's cheaper! It is a little tough to get used to the surface lift but there is somebody always there to help you get the hang of it.

  • March 11, 2011
    from United States

    Coppervale is a small and quiet locals mountain/hill, and they like it that way. They shun newcomers and are quite anal about their beloved surface lift. My experiences included several people, including a couple of employee's, and even one of the owners being very disrespectful and in some ways in an inappropriate manner in giving direction as to the correct ways to "use their lift and mountain." They have many rules which are not posted anywhere on or around the mountain and are unspoken until you disobey one. I was constantly being yelled at for not using the lift right, or riding where I "wasn't supposed to" when there was nothing posted regarding restrictions. Everyone has a tendency to mean-mug as you pass them, instead of that friendly good-time smile you see everywhere else. My companions experienced somewhat similar results as we felt unwelcome by everyone. The price paid for lift tickets are also way not worth the price. Even if I had a good time paying the extra 4 dollars to go to Mt. Shasta would well have been worth not having to ride surface lifts all day long.