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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.

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

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.


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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 or call (970) 668-5900 for reservations.

Silverheels Ore House

Silverheels Ore House
Enjoy steak or local trout on Mainstreet in Frisco.

 From Copper, head seven minutes east on I-70 to nearby Frisco for more dining and apres options. Hang out in the bar at Silverheels for a drink or two, and then head to the formal dining room where you can enjoy a satisfying steak, fish or salad. Try the Crab Empanadas to start, then try one of the many local trout dishes. Finish it off with the Aztec Temple: a dark chocolate & cream cheese brownie topped with French vanilla ice cream & hot fudge sauce.

Top Five Runs at Copper Mountain

Top Five Runs at Copper Mountain
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Here are the Top Five runs at Copper Mountain, from cruisers to steeps.

Best Cruiser: Andy’s Encore. For your first run, Andy’s Encore is a top to bottom groomer that will get you warmed up. A few steep pitches keep it challenging. The speedy six-pack Super Bee will buzz you to the top in 11 minutes.  On an icy morning, though, stay away from the frontside.

Copper Mountain Spa and Athletic Club

Copper Mountain Spa and Athletic Club
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Enjoy the athletic facilities after a relaxing facial.

Try a MyChelle facial or a relaxing massage at the Copper Mountain Athletic Club. Facials are designed with the high altitude and the stress of the climate in mind. Massages are a combination of many techniques including Swedish relaxation, neuromuscular, sports, pregnancy and deep tissue. Also, on your day of treatment, you are free to use of the pool, weight room, cardio equipment, spas, steam rooms and racquetball court. The 25-yard, four-lane pool always has at least two lanes open for family and recreational swimming, which is a perfect way to keep your kids entertained.

Tuckers Tavern

Tuckers Tavern
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For a killer lunch deal or an après -ski brew, head to Tuckers.

The best lunch deal is at Tuckers Tavern, located deep in Center Village. Where else can you get two slices of pizza and a Paulaner beer for $5? Sit on the patio and sip an Oktoberfest. (970) 968-2033

The Cirque

The Cirque’s crowning amenity—ask any 10-year-old— is the heated outdoor pool with rock waterfall and hot tubs.

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 a 52-inch flatscreen 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.

C.B. Grille

C.B. Grille
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Fine dining in Copper Mountain's village.

For a romantic dinner or special event, C.B. Grille is the place to go. With a menu that includes Alaskan salmon, herb encrusted roast rack of elk, and free range chicken, this cozy restaurant will please the most fine-tuned palettes. Located in Passage Point across the Covered Bridge, next to Starbucks. For reservations call 970.968.3113.

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