Copper is one of Colorado's leading resorts and one of the closest and most convenient to access from Denver. There's a large and varied terrain with one of the state's highest bases and lifts stretching up to one of the world's top 10 highest ski area lifts. The mountains are rather more Alpine to look at - that is triangular, sharp and pointy - than those of many other famous Colorado resorts. Intrawest, the company that gave us Whistler, bought the resort in 1997 and are responsible for much of its current appeal, all though new owners who took over in 2010 are continuing the upgrades, particularly the expansion of the base village, which has several neighborhoods including the East Village and The Village at Copper, and the Preserve. Copper began more than thirty-five years ago when a guy named Chuck Lewis looked at an unassuming mountainside and told his friends, “I don’t care how everyone else does it, were not everyone else,” and he meant it. Chuck was both a renegade and a visionary. During the summer of '71, initial construction began on the ski trails. As stated in a 1969 US Forest Service report, “if there were a mountain that had terrain for skiing it would be Copper Mountain. It is the most nearly perfect ski mountain in the U.S.” Over the years, new lifts were added and Copper grew to its current size of 2,465 acres. What was once a sleepy little day ski area is now one of Colorado's premier year-round destination resorts.
One of the world's highest (and best) ski resorts (with North America's highest golf course in the summer) offers skiing for all standards from a year-round purpose-built and largely car-free resort complex.