Bluebird days, powder snow measured in feet rather than inches and one of the longest seasons in the Western U.S. is why skiers and snowboarders from around the world visit Colorado’s Copper Mountain. Located 75 miles from Denver in the heart of Summit County, Copper Mountain offers 126 trails spread over it’s mammoth 2,465 skiable acres of steeps, wide open bowls, tree-filled glades and gentle beginner areas.
One of the mountain’s newest features is Woodward at Copper, featuring The Barn, a 19,400-square-foot comprehensive ski and snowboard freestyle training facility complete with indoor artificial snow jumps, jib lines, foam pits, skate features and Olympic fly-bed trampolines. Indoor and outdoor training programs allow riders to learn tricks in a controlled environment before taking them out onto the snow.
Copper Mountain also boasts a long list of kudos for its on-snow features as well. For the 2010-11 season, Freeskier Magazine ranked Copper as third best halfpipe and number one in the “Best for Progression” category in its Top 5 Terrain Parks poll; SKI magazine gave Copper a Top Ten Parks ranking; and for the third year in a row, TransWorld Snowboarding named Copper a ‘Top Ten Pipe’ in North America with the Main Vein Superpipe pulling down the number eight spot.
In addition to fantastic skiing and snowboarding, a winter vacation at Copper Mountain includes ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, sleigh rides and s’more making by the firepit. And Copper’s new village features plenty of incredible lodging options, shops, restaurants, bars and family activities.