Activity: Skiing at Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA


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Activity: Skiing at Copper Mountain, Colorado, United States

It was time for a change of scenery today. Instead of a third day on Vail, we ended up going up the road for my second favorite mountain in all of the Colorado front range.

We got the rental car out of the valet and loaded it up for the 25 minute down I-70 to Copper Mountain.

Ski Day #4
Copper Mountain, Colorado

Most of the free parking lots at Copper involve a short bus ride. It was a bit gloomy when we arrived in the lot but it cleared up after we took the bus to the village.

I plunked WT73jr down at the base restaurant at Jacks and went to go locate lift tickets. Copper operated much like airline carriers and offers a set amount of lift tickets each day through an online purchase portal. The cheapest tickets 3 months out sell for the least, and then the prices climb from there.

We headed straight up American Eagle and raced down some of the fast wide open runs that Colorado is known for. Zippee!!

We started off ripping down Oh No and Andy’s choice over to Rosi’s run. I later learned from some ski patrollers that it was a US Ski Team training ground in early season. It was in great shape.

We then headed up Revolution and over to the back side. The views from the back bowls were spectacular and nicer than Vail.

As we explored the area, WT73jr learned and got wholly fascinated with a ski run in this zone called “Taco”, which led to a run called “Nacho”. The only problem with this ski run was that it was a 20-minute hike up at 12,000 feet elevation. He really wanted to do this. I ended up giving in and doing something he was wanting to do. I was huffing and buffing and we skied down Iron Creek which had a lot of sun exposure so the turns were not as great. A reverse view halfway up the climb.

The snow was pretty soft skiing down but at least we had bragging rights.

We raced down to the bottom. A Mac and Cheese and a burger and a Gatorade was $26.90 USD. It was a much cheaper than Vail down the highway. It was also a much younger crowd at Copper Mountain than the seniors at Vail.

We ended up skiing a little more until last chair. My gosh- we were getting our money’s worth today.

I got an email on the way home that we had skied 67 runs and lifts and over 27,000 feet of vertical! Yep – we’d be tired. That’s among my top 5 days ever!!

We drove back to the hotel then a hot hub before Moose Pizza Parlour in the valley.

Copper Mountain is still one of the best front range mountains. I’d visit back here anyday. I fell asleep pretty quickly after this workout.


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