Copper Mountain Ski Resort

Copper Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Colorado in USA. The resort is in the town of Frisco, CO. We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Copper Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Copper Mountain is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.

Copper Mountain Lodging:

Copper Mountain Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Copper Mountain has a total of 150 ski trails, which are serviced by 24 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 2,527 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 1,023 hectares, 4 square miles, or 10 square kilometers.

Copper Mountain's slopes see on average 300 inches (118 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 25 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
2,527(10 km2)
Annual Snowfall
300"(118 cm)

Copper Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Copper Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 12,313 feet, or 3,753 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 9,712 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,601 feet (793 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 12,313 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
12,313'(3,753 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,601'(793 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
9,712'(2,960 m)

Copper Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
65.5out of 100
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Copper Mountain's difficulty level of 65.5 is above average. 75% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Copper Mountain has 2,527 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Copper Mountain's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 24% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 51% as expert.
25%(632 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
24%(606 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
51%(1,289 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Copper Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Copper Mountain is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 49% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Copper Mountain Ski Resort Location

Copper Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Frisco, CO.

Frisco, CO 80443 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
39.46000, -106.17000

Getting to Copper Mountain Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Copper Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.46000, -106.17000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Frisco, CO to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Copper Mountain Ski Resort.

Denver International AirportDENDenver, CO84 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Copper Mountain.

Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy FieldASEAspen, CO41 mi
Eagle County Regional AirportEGEEagle, CO42 mi
City of Colorado Springs Municipal AirportCOSColorado Springs, CO91 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Copper Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Copper Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
BreckenridgeBreckenridge, CO12,998 ft82%8 mi
Ski CooperLeadville, CO11,700 ft42%10 mi
KeystoneDillon, CO12,408 ft69%15 mi
VailVail, CO11,570 ft72%16 mi
Beaver CreekBeaver Creek, CO11,440 ft62%22 mi
Winter ParkWinter Park, CO12,060 ft72%37 mi
Ski GranbyGranby, CO9,202 ft30%38 mi
Aspen SnowmassSnowmass Village, CO12,510 ft86%45 mi
EldoraNederland, CO10,800 ft48%46 mi
Crested ButteCrested Butte, CO12,162 ft74%60 mi
SunlightGlenwood Springs, CO9,895 ft51%63 mi
MonarchSalida, CO11,952 ft51%64 mi
ButtermilkLarkspur, CO9,900 ft47%69 mi
Arapahoe BasinAurora, CO13,050 ft76%76 mi
LovelandLoveland, CO13,010 ft63%87 mi
PowderhornPowderhorn, CO9,850 ft58%96 mi

Copper Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation12,313 ft
Base Elevation9,712 ft
Vertical Drop2,601 ft
(25% Beginner,  24% Intermediate,  51% Expert)
Skiable Acres2,527
Avg. Annual Snowfall300 inches
Copper Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats