Copper has a great ski mountain, but the lodging scene at the base of its 2,450-acre hill has long been a work in progress. The good news is that progress is indeed being made, with the resort's first true luxury accommodations opening this season. And Copper makes it easy to stay here, with extras such as the Beeline Advantage—in which skiers snag first tracks every morning and bypass liftlines all day—included in every lift-and-lodging package. Yes, you want to ski Copper. Especially if you know where to unwind when Union Bowl gets through with you. Here are our picks.
Lewis Ranch: New this season, these four-bedroom townhouses raise the standard of luxury at Copper. Ski-in/ski-out to the Lumberjack chair at the Union Creek base, the Swiss Craftsman-style units have gourmet kitchens with soapstone counters and Viking appliances (plus a picture window that peers out over Copper's Soliloquy run), sealed-combustion fireplaces in the living areas, wide-plank walnut floors and an elevator from the garage to the master suite on the fourth floor. After all, how else would you get to the rooftop hot tub? $1,000—$1,900; http://www.coppercolorado.com/index.htm target=_blank>coppercolorado.com; 800-458-8386
The Cirque: The 37-unit Cirque dominates Copper's Union Creek base, where ski school and the beginner terrain are located, making it great for families wrangling kids onto the slopes. Heated underground parking, balconies in every unit and high-end finishes, such as local stone trims, set the Cirque apart, as well as details such as wine refrigerators and jetted tubs in some units. Common areas include a media room with 52-inch flat-screen TV and a small fitness center. But the Cirque's crowning amenity—ask any 10-year-old—is the heated outdoor pool with rock waterfall and hot tubs. $224—$1,091; http://www.coppercolorado.com/index.htm target=_blank>coppercolorado.com; 888-219-2441
Village at Copper: The nine lodges situated around Copper's pedestrian village provide easy access to the high-speed American Eagle and American Flyer quads. Mill Club, built in 2000, offers one- to four-bedroom condos with granite counters and slate floors in the kitchen, gas fireplaces and jetted tubs in the master bath in some units. At the quieter edge of the village, Passage Point's one- to three-bedroom units sport stone-encased gas fireplaces and balconies off most rooms. But its three outdoor hot tubs cinch the deal for many an aching skier. $121—$554; http://www.coppercolorado.com/index.htm target=_blank>coppercolorado.com; 888-219-2441 l
Slopeside: Copper Springs, at the East Village base; $148—$675; http://www.coppercolorado.com/index.htm target=_blank>coppercolorado.com; 888-219-2441
Value: Telemark, at the Union Creek base; $130—$201; http://www.coppercolorado.com/index.htm target=_blank>coppercolorado.com; 888-219-2441