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Copper Mountain

Summit Daily/Reid Williams

Copper Mountain Resort is the only Summit County ski area unafilliated with the mega-company Vail Resorts. It has Intrawest on its side, which is just as powerful.

Copper’s terrain rivals anything else offered in Summit County, and its base village is a convergance point for a lot of vibrant energy.

Copper is known for its fluid mountain layout; the terrain gets gradually more challenging from west to east. Skiers and snowboarders can work their way from the wide beginner trails under the Lumberjack and High Point lifts to the consistent intermediate pitches of the Timberline area and on to the steep terrain under the Alpine, Excelerator and Resolution lifts.

That says nothing about Copper’s wide open bowl skiing.

If you venture above treeline, be prepared for the soft snow and steeps of Union Bowl and Spaulding Bowl. From the top, there is access to Copper’s backside ” Copper Bowl and Resolution Bowl.

It all adds up to an expansive playground for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Copper has also built a reputation as a haven for terrain park enthusiasts with a series of kickers, quarterpipes and halfpipes that will satisfy air-hounds and provide a place for fledgling freestylers to become comfortable with flying over the snow.

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