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Copper Mountain has one of the biggest pipes in the state.
Copper Mountain has one of the biggest pipes in the state.
Copper Mountain
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — Copper Mountain recently concluded a seven-year process working with the U.S. Forest Service to gain approval of their Environmental Impact Statement – which means many of their planned improvements will begin to take shape in the coming years.

In the meantime, expanded glade skiing gave the resort more skiing in 2007-1008, and its collection of terrain parks, crowned by a massive halfpipe, is also becoming one of the most respected in the nation. Copper’s terrain is easy to find and its maps easy to decipher, and it has long been heralded as one of the best-planned and laid-out mountains in the country. The eastern slopes of the mountain are the steepest and most difficult, the western slopes the easiest, and the terrain in the middle is intermediate. A relatively new base area, completed several years ago, has come to life and added vitality to the resort’s après ski and nightlife scenes.

Fun Fact: Copper Mountain offers paragliding from the top of the mountain throughout the winter.

Average annual snowfall: 282 inches

Price: TBD

Skiable Acres: 2,450

Lifts: 22 (1 high-speed sextuple, 4 high-speed quad, 5 triple, 5 double, 2 surface, 4 conveyer, 1 tubing zone lift)

Terrain park: Yes

Season: November 14 to April 19

Terrain breakdown: 21 percent beginner, 25 percent intermediate, 36 percent advanced, 18 percent expert

Location: 40 minutes west of Denver on I-70

Information: (800) 458-8386



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