Steve Lipsher is an award-winning former newspaper reporter who didn’t start skiing until 18 but is making up for lost time. He once raced head to head with Olympic gold medalist Bill Johnson, unsuccessfully, and managed to stay upright on a World Alpine Ski Championship downhill course.
Before hitting the slopes at Copper, it’s advisable to get your grub on – and fortunately, there are lots of great breakfast joints at the resort and in its adopted town of Frisco, just six miles down the highway, as well as throughout the area.
Interstate 70 between Copper Mountain and Denver is one of the most scenic stretches of highway in the country. The secret is to know when -- and when not to -- be on it.
You could train like an Olympian, build up quads bigger than sides of beef and glutes that crush walnuts. Or you could get better on the skis or board. It's two sides to the same equation, being able to squeeze the most out of your ski day -- and night -- at Copper.
Aided by the weight distribution of snowshoes and guided by Copper Mountain's ambassadors, free daily guided snowshoe trips are a great way to taste the backcountry in the shadow of the ski area.
Fat bikes are nothing but a trend, a fad -- and a hell of a lot of fun. Steve Lipsher takes you out on a nighttime adventure unlike any other: Winterbike, Copper Mountain's annual snow-packed mountain-bike race.
Lover of All Things Outdoors
The Eye of Copper
You can take the girl out of the mountains, but you can't take the mountains out of the girl.
Updates, photos and the insider scoop from Copper Mountain's Ski Patrol.
East Coast Transfer
Crocodile Dundee's Niece
Risk and Safety manager for Copper Mountain Resort responsible for all safety programs for both guests and employees.