Welcome to my favorite ski resort in the USA. If you are not in the mood to be surrounded by fancy people with their pricy ski clothes, then you are in luck. This resort is for people who just want and love to ski. Copper Mountain Resort is gorgeous and the price is just right. Move over Aspen and Breckenridge, you got nothing on Copper Mountain. This is where every-day, hardworking people go to ski and have fun doing it.
COVID-19 Warning: A mask is required at all times while at the resort, even outside, and it is heavily enforced. The only time a mask is not enforced is while skiing down the mountain. I even saw an employee scream at a 10-year-old first generation, Asian girl whom was drinking a Mountain Dew while on the bus. I’ve never seen such ugliness from an adult to a child. She even threatened to take away her ski pass for being so “disrespectful.” Let’s just say she is lucky she didn’t speak to my child like that.
About Copper Mountain Resort
This stunning resort is located a couple of hours from the Denver International Airport, and is a popular ski resort among the Colorado locals. This modest priced resort has ski terrain for every spectrum of skiier. The mountain layout is perfect for families who are just learning to ski and for families who have been skiing for years. Over 20% of the terrain is dedicated to beginner skiiers. This is the perfect set up for skiiers who want to work their way up to harder levels. The east side is where you will find the black trails, blues and greens are in the middle, and the west side is for beginner greens. This makes it easy to stay on the correct trails. Another fabulous part about Copper Mountain is that it has a large selection of activities not related to skiing that should keep any family busy. There should be no reason for the kids to say “I’m bored.”
Denver International Airport
Insider Tip: Keep in mind, the elevation is 9k to 12k feet. If you are not used to higher elevations, I suggest you spend one night in Denver to get used to the altitude. My oldest daughter gets altitude sickness every time she goes to Copper Mountain. Altitude sickness can last up to several days if you go straight to the mountain without slowly adjusting.
Where to stay
You can rent a condo at the mountain, or you can save some money and stay at the nearest town called Frisco. We stayed in a one-bedroom condo, with a pull out bed, located on Copper Mountain at Center Village. If you decide to stay on the mountain, I believe the best location is at Center Village. Staying here gives you access to walk to all the restaurants and shopping spots at the mountain. Trust me it’s the best spot (village) to stay.
Insider Tip: If you plan to stay at Copper Mountain, then I suggest picking up groceries and any additional winter clothing (that somehow didn’t make it into your luggage) at the nearest city of Frisco.
Parking is free if you rent a condo on the resort.
There is a free shuttle that takes you from village to village, aka different ski runs.
Insider Tip: Children 4 and under ski for free.
If you are new or nervous about skiing (or snowboarding), think about booking lessons at Copper Mountain Resort. I grew up skiing at Copper Mountain. However, this was my families first time to ski, so I booked them the Family Private Lesson (full-day). After a day, my husband was a pro and ready to hit the slopes. I think my kids did amazing, but they could have used a few more days at ski school. My oldest daughter, whom is in college, took group lessons every time we went for over 3 years. Keep in mind, if the kids are taking lessons, that means you can hit the slopes as much as you want with no kid in tow. Hint hint
Did you think skiing or snowboarding was the only thing you could do on Copper Mountain? There is so much more to Copper Mountain than skiing. If you would like to tube, you need to buy tickets in advance and you must select a time. It’s an hour long and you must show up 15 minutes before your scheduled time. You must select your time when you purchase the tickets.
You can find this adorable Copper sign by the tubing hill. It’s the perfect spot for a family picture. Say Cheese!
Rocky Mountain Coaster
Here is your chance to ride through the forest on a ten mile alpine coaster with speeds up to 25 miles per hour. On this alpine coaster you drive your own cart down a zig zagging track through the beautiful mountains. Sadly, we were not able to ride the coaster due to “weather”. If it snows too much during your stay, they will shut the coaster down. I suggest you buy tickets to the coaster at the lift ticket booth the day you want to ride to make sure it’s open for that day.
The Barn is a heated indoor trampoline and skatepark. If the kids are tired of being out and skiing, then this is a must do on you trip to change things up. You must purchase your tickets in advance.
Where to eat
This is the spot to stop and get donuts or even ice cream. Their fresh baked donuts seem to be a hit with the locals and tourists. Sadly, they ran out of dough and we were not able to try them. Yes, they sold out and went days without donuts. It was heart-breaking.
Zacatecano Mexican Food
The Mexican food is ok (keep in mind, I’m from Texas), but the Margaritas were great. This place gets packed because of those darn good Margaritas. My husband and I were able to split a massive margarita. We left feeling good. Thank goodness it was a short walk back to our condo.
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