Best Terrain for Beginner and Intermediate-level Families at Copper Mountain

Posted in On the Mountain
by Amber on March 11, 2014

There is one question I am repeatedly asked about any resort I visit and that is, “where is the best place for us to ski as a family?”

Of course, the answer to that question depends upon your clan’s skiing expertise. Something I love love love about Copper Mountain is its naturally-segregated terrain with clearly defined areas that are ideal for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers.  Copper Mountain is divided into three villages: East Village, The Village at Copper (a.k.a. Center Village), and West Village (formerly Union Creek).

This makes navigation a lot easier…unless you’re directionally-challenged and are constantly trying to decipher your east from west like me. :)

Beginner Mecca

The mountain’s west side is gentle, sloping and perfect for beginners. The terrain becomes gradually steeper as you move east. The middle (Center Village) is an intermediate Mecca and if you keep moving east that’s where you’ll find the advanced terrain with the expert bowls on the backside of the mountain.

 Families with beginners should start at the West Village, which is also where ski school is headquartered. There are plenty of great areas for the beginning skier—in fact, the lifts Kokomo, Union Creek and Lumberjack only service green runs. American Flyer has some great green runs but also a few blues if you’re trying to make the transition to intermediate-level terrain.

Tip: If you’re staying in the Center Village, don’t try to walk to the West Village like we did during our visit. I’ll spare you the visual but just think tired children, a lot of equipment and even more whining. That’swhy the resort has free shuttles.

Intermediate Terrain

I’m thrilled my family is finally able to ski together on intermediate-level terrain. During our visit a couple of months ago, we mostly skied off the Timberline Express above the West Village, which is an intermediate Mecca.

However, on our most recent vacation, my daughter and I started out on American Eagle in Center Village and rarely left. Sure, we made a foray east to the Super Bee lift but our favorite new blue trail Bouncer off American Eagle kept us coming back for more. It had snowed six inches and this was a powder-field compared to the sometimes wind-whipped runs on Super Bee that day.

Tip: If you’re looking for help with navigating the mountain, be sure to check-out Copper’s new Sherpa app, which gives you hands-free, real-time insider intelligence across the mountain. It tells you where to go, what you’re near and what to do when you get there. It’s like an interactive trail map on steroids and taps into the knowledge of ski patrol and lifelong employees.


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