Most Evolved Resort: Copper Mountain

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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A family warms itself by the communal fire pit in Copper. Photo by Matt Inden

Before being gobbled up by ski resort group Intrawest, Copper Mountain Ski Resort was just an ordinary Colorado ski resort from the ‘70s near Frisco. Now Copper Mountain has transferred over to Powdr Corp. as the largest ski area in Summit County and offers some of the most progressive terrain and enjoyable style in the ski resorts industry.

Growing, growing, grown

Three main villages continue to grow at the base of Copper Mountain, Center Village being the focal point of day and evening happenings, from disco lights and fire pits to live concerts and booth setups. Hotels are spread throughout the base, though Center Village is a prime pick for lively guests while families might enjoy the East Village or Union Creek accommodation.

The East Village has recently been made over to include a new bar and restaurant, cafeteria and base area. The high-speed six-person lift takes skiers and riders to more challenging terrain by winter, and in the summer the East Village houses a world-class golf course.

Union Creek is the third activity hub at Copper located on the west side and a perfect spot for ski and snowboard newbies. Ski schools, rentals, tourist souvenirs and more cafes are tucked along this base, with lifts reaching beginner to intermediate runs.

Deluxe terrain

An average annual snowfall of 280 inches covers the 2,433 acres that make up Copper Mountain, with a total of 22 lifts granting swift access to terrain that’s variable and enjoyable. Experts and freeriders will want to head to Copper’s four well-known bowls: Copper, Union, Resolution and Spaulding.

Park lovers head to Copper for their famous superpipe, noted as one of the Top Ten Pipes and Top Ten Parks in North America but TransWorld Snowboarding and Skiing Magazine in 2010.

Terrain at Copper is also beginner friendly, with almost half of the mountain slopes and trails dedicated to beginners and intermediates. New learners will find less stress and more pleasure in skiing and riding along soft runs and groomed trails, and much of the slopes around Copper’s beginner area are wide, open and easy to read.

Après Ski nights, spa treatments, ice-skating, sleigh rides and s’mores by the Fire Pit – Copper Mountain Resort has a stylish face that covers all the bases needed for an entertaining ski vacation. It’s a package that’s progressive, entertaining, and a good example of the future development in ski resorts

Hotels near Copper Mountain:

Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge: Right in the hub of Summit County ski resorts, Frisco’s Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge is comfortable and clean, with wireless internet, heated pool and spa tubs, and rooms ranging from dog-friendly to family size. Visit Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge.

Holiday Inn Summit County: Located in Frisco, Holiday Inn at Summit County is equipped with a fitness center, heated pool and spa, wireless internet and more. It’s the perfect place to go to for clean rooms with a familiar style and comfort as a priority. Visit Holiday Inn Summit County.

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