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Copper Mountain

+Excellent trail layout. Free snowcat in the bowls.
- Snoozy village. Have to hit Frisco for a good meal.

Copper Mountain may surprise you. Nestl ed between behemoths Vail and Breckenridge, it’s equal parts local hangout and destination resort. Luxury ski-in, ski-out four- and five-bedroom homes with gourmet kitchens and stone fireplaces at Lewis Ranch offer a high-end lodging option previously missing at Copper, and on-mountain upgrades have focused on the skiing itself rather than the base area (and as skiers, we like that). Case in point: The sluggish Highpoint double was replaced with a high-speed quad, giving park-andpipers easier access to the Catalyst park while ensuring that beginners spend more time learning and less time on the lift. Four back bowls, pristine tree skiing and the free snowcatserved Tucker Mountain will keep experts going for days. “A great overall mountain with something for everyone,” says one reader. We’re not surprised. —Sally Francklyn

Must Ski » Ride the Alpine lift to marathon bump runs. After a big storm, lap it all day—you’ll ski powder in the morning and perfect soft bumps post-lunch.

Family Activity » The One Hit Wonder ($60) at Woodward at Copper is a skills and safety clinic held at the premier training grounds for budding jibbers.

Off-Hill Restaurant » Try the Blue Spruce in Frisco for a steak and a glass of wine. The bar in the back room often features live music and drink specials.

Hotel Frisco

Hotel Frisco
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This pet-friendly hotel is right on Mainstreet in Frisco.

Located right on Mainstreet in Frisco (just seven minutes down I-70 from Copper), this hotel has won Best Lodging in Summit County for the last seven years. An outdoor hot tub and pet-friendly policies make this a cozy and convenient hotel.(970)-668-5009 or HotelFrisco.com.

Frisco Lodge

Frisco Lodge
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A cozy bed and breakfast on Mainstreet in Frisco.

This was originally built as a stagecoach stop in 1885, so it still has an old-world feel. This bed and breakfast is cozy and convenient: it’s right on Main street and the Summit Stage, the free bus that takes you to Copper or Breckenridge, stops right outside. For more information, visit FriscoLodge.com.

Pizza Carlo

Pizza Carlo
The Italians are on to something. What they created as a high-calorie snack before meals, we've turned into an ultimate apres-ski indulgence. Like most everything else on our list, it is highly customizable and is pretty hard to screw up. You'll be hard-pressed to find a base lodge or apres place without some pizza on the menu. It's cheap for restaurants and cafes to make, easy to find ski-bums to serve it, and delicious in all its varieties.
Where to Find: The Legendary Beau Jo's, Idaho Springs, Durango, and Steamboat Springs, CO. It's called a Mountain Pie for a reason. If any SkiNet user can finish their challenge, we'll send you some swag.
Follow it With: Honey on the crust. Trust us, it's delicious.
The tastiest pie in the village.

Most employees are ski bums, so you’ll get a no-fuss, delicious pizza-pie. Order pizza by the slice (perfect for lunchtime), try a giant calzone, or a signature pizza. They also serve subs and salads to please those who don’t enjoy a good pie.

214 Ten Mile Circle

Copper Junction Building

Frisco, CO 80443

(970) 968-3112

 

Backcountry Brewery

Backcountry Brewery
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Enjoy a tasty beer or burger in downtown Frisco.

The tastiest beers and burgers are at the Backcountry Brewery, in downtown Frisco. This brewpub is the perfect way to top off a cold day on the hill. Play pool, try a locally crafter beer, and enjoy traditional pub fare, like Onion Rings or a Southwest Chili Burger. Visit BackcountryBrewery.com for more info.

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride
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This classic activity is fun and adventurous.

This scenic tour through the Ten Mile Range is 30 minutes out to a yurt, where you can enjoy live music around a fireplace. Pet the horses and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows along the way. Perfect for a romantic retreat, and it’s fun for kids too. $50 adult,  $40 child; CopperColorado.com.

Ice Skating on West Lake

Ice Skating on West Lake
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Rent skates and take a spin on the lake.

West Lake is open for ice skating from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Rent skates for $10 a session at the nearby Chubs sandwich shop. For more information, visit the activities desk in the Mountain Adventure Center, or visit CopperColorado.com.

Snowshoe Tours

Snowshoe Tours
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Try an adventurous snowshoe tour in the surrounding wilderness.

The hospitable resort ambassadors lead daily snowshoe tours from the base of Union Creek. Complimentary Redfeather snowshoes and poles are provided. The morning tour, which leaves at 10 am, is slightly more advanced, while the 1pm session is geared towards beginners. No experience necessary; call 970-968-2318 ext. 45FUN for info.

Tubing

Tubing
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An updated take on the age-old winter activity.

Most kids grew up sledding. Let them try something new and give tubing a whirl. At the bottom of the Super Bee lift, you’ll find some of the best lift-accessed tubing in Colorado. Purchase your tickets for $24 an hour in the Copper Station lodge. Head up the tubing “lift” and five different runs await you. Call 866.416.9874 for more info.

Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce
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Head to nearby Frisco for fine dining in a cozy atmosphere.

Serving gourmet cuisine with a Colorado twist, the Blue Spruce is just off of Mainstreet in Frisco and has an extensive menu. Try the Scallop Tostadas, which are pan seared sea scallops on a wonton tostada shell, topped with homemade guacamole, ancho chile sauce, and carrot and cabbage slaw. The main dishes will please carnivores and vegetarians alike. Some nights feature live music, too- check the website for info.

Visit TheBlueSpruce.com or call (970) 668-5900 for reservations.

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