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High Alpine Adventure High in the Rockies

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posted: 12/31/1999

Located in the White River National Forest high in the Colorado Rockies, Copper is the perfect setting for a high alpine vacation. Not only does the resort offer free scenic chairlift rides, but guests young and young-at-heart also can enjoy hiking, paddle boating and much more.

Take in a Breath of Fresh Air, Go for a Hike
Copper's Hiking Center offers a variety of free, daily, guided hiking trips that lead to beautiful scenic vistas, majestic wildflowers and the occasional encounter with wildlife. Enjoy an interpretive nature hike, a half-mile loop that focuses on local wildlife; an alpine adventure hike, where hikers make their way from the top of the American Eagle lift to the top of Copper Peak at an elevation of 12,444 feet; and a nature detective hike for kids ages 5 to 10 that lets kids search for animal clues. Additionally, the resort's Nature Center, located at the top of the American Eagle lift, allows guests to get up close and personal with the surrounding environment.

Water Sports
West Lake Market offers guests an array of activities during the summer including paddle boating and kayaking. Other daily lake activities include canoeing, remote control sailboats, fishing and more. Guests also can enjoy weekly fireside chats led by a Copper naturalist who will share information about the gold rush days, as well as information about elk, mountain lions and other indigenous wildlife. Canoeing, boating and kayaking on West Lake also is available for $6 per half-hour.

A Scenic Lift Up the Mountain
Free scenic chairlift rides on the American Eagle lift continue this summer, leaving The Village at Copper from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, to carry guests up to 11,000 feet for stunning views. An outdoor barbecue on the deck of Solitude Station or a nature hike guided by one of Copper's naturalists are options before heading back down. Those looking for a more adventurous trip back to the base can board the lift with their mountain bike and descend on the 1,500 vertical feet that separate them and the Village. Bike transport on the lift is $12 for the entire day.

Rock Climbing, Quad Power Jumping, Digglers and More
Copper is home to Colorado's largest, free-standing outdoor climbing wall, which boasts routes modeled after some of the world's most famous climbs. The wall is open to visitors of all abilities daily for $5 per climb. Additionally, Copper's quad power jump provides an adrenaline rush as guests jump, twist and flip on a trampoline while safely harnessed in. The jump is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for $7 per jump. Those looking for an adrenaline rush can take the chairlift to the top of the mountain and ride a Diggler down. Digglers are similar to a mountain scooter and riders stand on them for a wild ride down the mountain. Prices range from $10 for one hour to $30 for an all day lift and haul.

For those guests wanting to spend multiple nights to take in all summer at Copper has to offer, the resort offers a variety of lodging deals with prices as low as $47 per person, per night. Stay and play golf packages are available for $69 per person, per night.

For more information on summer activities at Copper Mountain, call (800) 458-8386 ext. 4INFO.

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