Copper Mountain

User rating 10 out of 10

Awesome resort

Tue 16 October 2007 by Dougal

I went to Copper Mountain during Jan and Feb 07. This was my first trip outside of europe and was definately worth the money. This is by far the best resort I've ever visited. We had perfect conditions while we were there and the mountain is very well set out. The piste is naturally divided into areas suitable for different levels of riders. The lifts were well positioned and efficient. I think we only ever had to wait more than a few minutes for the lift once and that aws when one of the lifts was running slowly to bring down an injured person. The resort had pretty much everything it needed. There is a good selection of restaurants and bars. Pravda, the soviet themed vodka bar is bust most nights and seemed to be the place most people went. There are no night clubs in the resort but there is a free bus service that operates between all surrounding resorts that runs pretty much right through the night. There is only 1 small supermarket and a small liquer store in Copper but 10 minutes on the free bus and your in Frisco which has a large Wallmart and a load of outlet stores. On a whole, great resort, nice people and an all round good place to visit. I would recommend this resort to anyone considering going and will be returning there myself as soon as possible.

 

User rating 9 out of 10

Lovin it all day long.........

Tue 1 May 2007 by Darkside

What can I say about Copper Mountain!! It is just an awesome place to go boarding. This was our first trip to North America and I have to say that having done a few European resorts over the last few years, I would now only go to North America for our main trip each year. Copper has it all...

The pistes are immaculately groomed daily and the runs are tailored geographically for all levels of boarder. The left of the mountain is all advanced runs, the centre nice windey blues and the right some super wide easy flowing greens ideal for beginners and the more nervous in our group. The lifts were fast and always without queues, and the choice of runs and parks was excellent.

The accomodation in the centre village was excellent and the resteraunts and bars were all close by so you could go out and have a good feed and then down some beers and not have far to stumble back. The only down side was the slightly laid back nightlife that was fine for the majority of nights but it just needed a couple of true nightclubs for those essential crazy bender nights. Come on Copper, sort it out and then all will be complete.

There were great bus links to other mountains and towns and some great shopping for the ladies in the group. The shops were a little pricey by American standards but still very cheap in comparison to Europe and the UK.

Overall, I would reccomment Copper to all appart from those looking for a truly wild holiday where you can go clubbing every night of the week. But.... the most important thing...... the boarding is great, the snow is great and we were all very sad to be leaving at the end of our two weeks and will definately be going back!!

 

User rating 9 out of 10

More Speed Anyone?

Fri 10 March 2006 by Speed Freak

We came here in March 2006 and what a place!  Ok, forget the village with it's high prices and usually tourist traps to drain your dollars - get on the mountain.  From the village seating area, you can see the amazing half-pipe and you get a ready made crown below to dazzle and amaze. 

Two lifts take you to either side of the mountain which is well organised - learners are in the middle - intermediates and advanced to either side, and it was up the American Eagle we went.  This side had a abundance of blue and black diamond runs and even though we had no snow all week, we still had about 10cm of soft powder to board on.  We were spoilt for choice with interlinking blues and blacks to carve up at really fast speeds before getting a break up the Eagle or Bee Line chair lifts.  There is also a vast extreme area in the bowls at the top and so is the rescue unit!

People we spoke to say the instructors here are very good and having tried a green run, you could progress quickly if you were learning - there not too flat or steep and there's lots of runs.

At the top of the American Eagle was the park which constantly had people in it with rails and (sort of) jumps.  On the other side up the American Flyer is a quarter pipe. 

Now, if you're after a snowboarding trip to blow away all others, do this - stay in Frisco, hire a car or SUV and go to Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, Loveland and at a push, Vail.  That's our plan next time we go to Colorado - just don't go to Winter Park.

 

User rating 6 out of 10

Nice freeriding

Sun 23 October 2005 by Marl

We went here in January 2004 and were unlucky with the weather - no fresh snow at all. By the end of the week the vegetation was poking through at some points.

Also as a resort it was so-so, there was only one mini-supermarket and the usual overpriced gear shops. However the Chinese resteraunt was excellent and the bars were ok! There is also a free bus to a nearby town with proper supermarkets and stuff.

The mountain itself is great though - lots varied freeriding down long slopes. I didn't go in the snow park, but my mates who did loved it. I'd love to go back and experience the pistes with good snow cover.

I'm only giving it a six, but that's just because of the weather when I was there :(

User rating 9 out of 10

Sweet

Tue 24 February 2004 by frankieboards

Its well worth a short haul from Breckenridge to scope out this sweet mountain. Lots of great black and double black amongst the trees in the Copper Bowl and again on Spaulding Bowl, although getting to Copper Bowl involves a long flat treck. Riding down the Enchanted Forest is a blast, although you'll want plenty of snow cover, as its pretty rock strewn. The terrain park had enough to keep me interested, and there was a cool boardercross course, but i'm not sure that they open this up to riders once the competitions are over. The resort itself is manufactured and pretty small, so it is probably best to stay in Breckenridge, where there are more cheaper hotels. The locals say that Copper frequently gets better snow than Breck, and most consider that the riding at Copper is better. Maybe not better, in my view, but certainly worth the 20 mile trip.

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