Copper opens slopes to uphill access with free uphill pass |

Copper opens slopes to uphill access with free uphill pass

Over the weekend, Copper Mountain opened select slopes to uphill recreationalists, including skinners and snowshoers. An uphill access pass is required.
Tripp Fay / Copper Mountain |

Uphill Access in Summit


Travel is allowed only before 8:30 a.m. or after 5 p.m. No pets. For full information, see


Travel is allowed on designated routes only outside of operating hours. The resort set up a hotline a few seasons ago to spread info about grooming operations. Give it a call before you head out at 970-547-5627.


Travel is allowed with a free access pass available at the main ticket window from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Uphill access is open to all routes before and after operating hours and restricted to the eastern edge of High Noon while lifts are spinning.

This is the definition of earning your turns.

Snowmaking operations at Copper Mountain have wrapped up for the winter, which means uphill access will be open to guests beginning this week before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Uphill access at Copper is permitted with obtainment of the 2015/2016 Uphill Access Pass. All guests are required to display the Uphill Access Pass in order to skin or snowshoe inside the resort boundary during non-operational hours. To obtain the pass, guests must complete and sign an uphill access waiver and wear a reflective armband in plain sight while on the hill. This pass is free and available for anyone to pick up at Copper’s lower patrol room (located next to the American Flyer lift behind Jack’s) from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Unlike some resorts, including Arapahoe Basin and Vail Mountain, uphill access at Copper is restricted to non-operating hours only. Guests participating in uphill travel in the morning must be at the restrooms at the top of the trail Collage before lifts open to the public by 9 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays. Evening uphill access will not be granted until after 5 p.m.

When skinning or snowshoeing all trail and rope closures must be obeyed. Guests utilizing uphill access must remain in the middle of the trail and avoid blind spots. In other words, use common sense and treat after-hours access like the middle of a ski day.

The routes

The following routes are the only routes open to uphill access:

From East Village: Up Skid Road, Main Vein, Rhapsody, Copperopolis to Collage, ending at the restrooms at the top of Collage.

From Center Village: Up Main Vein, Rhapsody, Copperopolis to Collage, ending at the restrooms at the top of Collage. Up Carefree to Coppertone, ending at the tree island at the top of Coppertone where the trail intersects Highpoint.

From Union Creek (to Janet’s Cabin): Up Roundabout to West Ten Mile ending at the National Forest Access Point gate.

For more information, see Copper’s website at

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