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Family Skiing at Copper Mountain, Colorado
Families on a ski vacation at Copper Mountain, Colorado may feel like they are at three different ski areas all rolled into one. 

As they move from right to left across this mountain's broad expanses, the terrain grows progressively harder, offering variety and challenge for everyone in the family. 

Did You Know?

Copper Mountain Ski Resort recorded over a million skier visits each year for the last three years.

Photo: Devil's Gut ski trail at Buttermilk Ski Area in Aspen, Colorado, requires adults to be accompanied by children.

Read our article: Skiing Aspen with the Kids 

Vail Ski Area was created with Family Ski Vacations in mind. It is the largest place to ski with the kids in Colorado. 

Learn more on our page about Skiing Vail with the Family.

Photo: Copper Mountain Ski Area's long runs make little skiers'
legs a bit wobbly. Nothing wrong with pulling over to the
side of the trail for a flop in the snow.

Copper Mountain's rugged peaks and plunging valleys have a way of making your spirits soar as you sweep down its wide, groomed runs. Or maybe its exercising at 11,000 feet above sea level that leaves you breathless. No matter. Copper Mountain is a great experience for skiing families.

Located 75 miles west of Denver, on I-70, this area is an easy drive from the Front Range. Beware of bad traffic jams in the mornings and evenings, especially on weekends and three-day holidays in winter.

Three Bases

With three different base areas, each serving slopes with different degrees of difficulty, Copper Mountain feels like three ski areas in one. When families have members with various skill levels, or when the kids are rapidly improving and need ever more challenging slopes, they can find what they are looking for all on the same mountain.

Family Ambiance

The ambiance at the Union Creek base area particularly pleasing to kids. This is where the ski school classes meet, and it has a cozy, homey feel. Lessons for skiers or snowboarders last all day, and we were a bit unsure about leaving our precious babies with the instructors from 9:45 am until 3:30 pm. But when we saw how much they had progressed, we were impressed. Ski school was well organized and at least one of my boys came away with a crush on his beautiful ski instructor.

Summit County's Largest

With 2,433 acres, Copper Mountain is the largest ski area in Summit County. From top to bottom, it drops 2,601 vertical feet, and is serviced by 22 lifts, including one which carries families to the top of an inner-tubing hill.

Twenty-five percent of Copper's 125 trails are for beginners. Twenty-one percent of the terrain is intermediate, and 36 percent is advanced. Eighteen percent of the trails are designated for experts.

All in all, Copper offers a well-rounded skiing or riding experience in the heart of the Colorado Rockies.

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