The base village may be a bit too planned for some, but even the staunchest critics wouldn’t thumb their noses at the mountain itself. Rising 2601ft up to the 12,313ft summit, Copper has 2490 acres of terrain, carved with over 140 trails equally divided among beginners, intermediate, advanced and expert skiers. No chichi Vail attitude here – Copper takes you back to skiing's play-hard roots.
It's an easy mountain to navigate – all levels have their own slice of paradise served by separate lifts, meaning beginners are unlikely to be run over by experts at the bottom of the mountain (and vice versa). The coup for the adventurous is the free snowcat skiing (10am to 1:30pm, Friday to Sunday) in the back bowl on Tucker Mountain.
There are plenty of other activities here as well, including Woodward's famous terrain parks, 15 miles of free cross-country and snowshoe trails, a tubing hill, and a small skating rink and zipline.
Copper often has good deals going, particularly for locals, so shop around on their website in advance for discounted lift tickets and four-packs. To better navigate lift lines and record your speed and daily vertical, get their Sherpa app for your smartphone.
In summer, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, including mountain biking.