Exploring the Rockies’ Guide to Copper Mountain

ETR's Guide to Copper

Welcome to our Guide to Copper Mountain!

Copper Mountain is one of the absolute best ski resorts in the state of Colorado. This gem has been a local’s favorite for decades and with good reason. Few other places offer such an incredible mix of terrain. At Copper you can find it all: steeps, glades, powder, bowls, huge vert, bumps, expansive acreage, and of course, naturally divided terrain that sets up the mountain perfectly. It’s like this hill was custom designed to provide a nice sampling of every conceivable type of skiing. When you throw in the fact that it’s close to Denver, is located right off of I-70, and avoids the Disneyland-level crowds of the evil empire resorts nearby, this summit county refuge is hard to beat.

We have been skiing and riding Copper for years. So much so, in fact, that we thought it would be fun to do a unofficial, ETR-styled guide to the mountain. By clicking on the links or images below you can read articles on our favorite runs for each major type of terrain, for a near complete review of the best of Copper. We have also provided pro-tips, images, and directions to help you make the most of your turns.

We hope you enjoy the guide. See you on the hill.

Copper’s Top 5 Tree Runs
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Copper’s Top 5 Steep Runs
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Copper’s Top 5 Cruiser Runs
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Copper’s Top 5 Mogul Runs

Copper’s Top 5 Powder Stashes

The 10 Steepest Runs at Copper

Disclaimer: ETR’s Guide to Copper Mountain is an entirely subjective, unofficial guide to the mountain and is not officially associated with Copper in any way. All of the insights here are simply our opinions based on many runs down the hill. It goes without saying, but follow all resort rules, evaluate conditions as you go, and ski at your own risk. 

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