Colorado Family Travel: 7 Family-friendly Favorites at Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain is a mountain-lover's dream. From easy access off I-70 to plentiful amenities, this Colorado resort is perfect for families.

I’m a big fan of buffets. I’m not talking your sub-par all-you-can-eat battle zones but the really great quality gourmet ones. The reason? I’m picky and I feel that same way about my mountain resort experiences. Not only do I look for a great mountain for skiing/riding but they must have family-friendly offerings to keep me coming back for more.

Copper Mountain is a gourmet buffet-lover’s dream. Just 75 miles west of Denver right off I-70, the access is easy, the amenities plentiful and the resort is a dream. Pick and choose the following activities for a 1-, 2 or 3-day trip to Copper Mountain. Heck, you could even stretch it out a week.

Because don’t we all love return trips to the buffet line for our favorite items?

1) Ski/ride as a family. With over 150 trails across 2,465 acres, we fell in love with Copper Mountain’s varied terrain. My daughter enjoyed the runs off Timberline Express, a veritable intermediate-level Mecca. Since Copper opened for the 1972-73 season the snowiest month is typically March, with an average of almost 53 inches. The best is yet to come!

2) Woodward at Copper. If you’re looking for something that sets Copper Mountain apart from all the others, this is it. Touted as “the raddest place on the planet,” the Barn is a 19,400-square foot indoor playground with Skatelite jumps into foam pits for all skills levels, skate bowls and mini ramps, foam pits, spring floor, tumble trak, spotting belts, Olympic fly-bed trampolines and a Super Tramp. There are drop-in sessions and regular camp options available. Ages start at 8 years old.

3) Skating. I don’t use the term “idyllic” too often but skating on Copper’s West Lake in the heart of the Village Copper is pretty darn memorable. Skating is free if you bring your own skates or you can rent them for $10 from The Woodward Cage (east of the lake). The lake is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. If you want to mix it up from your double-axels, use the hockey nets and free broomball equipment.

4) Shopping. Copper’s Center, East and West pedestrian-only villages offer all kinds of restaurants, shopping, lodging and activities. On a recent excursion, my daughter and I bought ourselves hats from Kelly’s Closet (their footwear and accessories are adorable), gorged on mini doughnuts from Sugar Lips Mini Donuts and topped it off with cake pops at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Tip: S’more kits are available for $5.95 per kit and firepits around Copper Mountain are plentiful. In case you need more sugar.

5) Get a rush on the Alpine Rush Zip Line. For just $10, this family-friendly zip line soars 30 feet above West Lake skating rink. You’ll travel 300 feet across the lake and reach speeds of 30 mph if you’re lucky (or unlucky, depending upon your comfort level). Despite being nervous, my daughter begged to do it again twice. Parent tip: go to the middle of West Lake as your child flies overhead, take a picture and entitle your shot, “Conquering Fear.” Then tear up a little that your girl is growing up. Tickets can be purchased for $10 per ride from the Guest Services desk in Copper Sports and from Sugar Lips, the mini donut shop next to the zipline take-off platform. Hours vary so check the website.

6) Get tubular on the tubing hill. Copper Mountain was the first to offer tubing in Summit County way back in 1997 and their four-laned banked curves and long run-out are a fantastic time for families. No slogging up the hill here—just hop on “The Stinger,” a surface lift that whisks you to the top.  Tubing is run by the hour (prices start at $26) and double tubes are available if you want a buddy. To sign up, head over to the East Village where you’ll sign your waiver, pick your tube and head up the hill. And then downhill—fast! Parking is free and easy at the Alpine Parking Lot. Note: Tubing is only for kids over 36” tall and hours vary.
   
7) Critterland. Do you have little ones under 36” in tow? They’ll love this interactive snow-play area located adjacent to the Tubing Hill in East Village. Kids love the fun snow characters Bearilla, Elkguin, Squeal, Ducktopus, Cheetaphant and the Alliroo. The Bearilla Snow Den has tunnels to slither through, ropes to scale and a snow fort. If they want to be adventurous like the big kids, try out the mini-tubing hill Squeal Hill or a spin around on the Ducktopus Tubing Carousel. The best part: the price is only $10 for a full day ticket and parents are free (ticket still required for parents to enter).

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