Ski and Ride Tips

The Copper Ski & Ride School is here to help you enjoy winter as much as we do! We will work on advancing your skills, but we are also happy to assist you in making the most of your Copper Mountain vacation.

Lessons are available to all ability levels - CLICK HERE FOR ABILITY LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS.

What to Bring/Do for YOUTH lessons:

  • Check the weather forecast and have the right clothing!
  • Listen to your instructor's gear recommendations!
  • Label all personal belongings with first and last names - Required
  • Warm, waterproof gloves or mittens – Required
  • Goggles (preferred) or sunglasses, with UV protection – Required
  • Warm, waterproof jacket - Required
  • Helmets are required while skiing or riding in all youth lessons and programs - Required
  • Sunscreen/lip balm with the highest SPF possible
  • Warm, waterproof snow pants - Required
  • Face protection such as a balaclava, mask, or handkerchief - Recommended
  • Moisture-wicking ski/ride socks - Recommended. (NO COTTON or multiple layers of socks!)

What to Bring/Do for ADULT lessons:

  • Check the weather forecast and have the right clothing!
  • Listen to your instructor's gear recommendations!
  • Warm, waterproof gloves or mittens.
  • Goggles (preferred) or sunglasses, with UV protection.
  • Warm, waterproof jacket.
  • Hat or helmet (Recommended).
  • Sunscreen/lip balm with the highest SPF possible.
  • Warm, waterproof snow pants.
  • Face protection such as a balaclava, mask, or handkerchief.
  • Moisture-wicking ski/ride socks. (NO COTTON or multiple layers of socks!)
  • Recently-tuned skis/board. Skis/snowboards with dull edges or a lack of wax may interfere with your performance.

Skier Responsibility Code
Knowing "The Code" is everyone's responsibility:

  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • Do not stop where you obstruct the trail or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings.
  • Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must know how to load, ride, and unload safely

Directions to Copper Ski & Ride School meeting areas:

Union Creek base area and The Schoolhouse
Union Creek base area, at the western side of Copper Mountain, is the starting point for many Ski & Ride School classes including; all youth class lessons, "Trailblazers," "Scooters," adult level 1–3 class lessons, many private coaching sessions, and our "Free Beginner Tips" tent. From the shuttle stop, go between the buildings under the pedestrian bridge. Youth lessons here on the snow to your left. For adult and private lessons, continue up to your right and look for the appropriate signage for your level and/or lesson type.

  • To access Union Creek from "Alpine" and "Corn" free parking lots board the Green Express / Union Cr. Shuttle bus.
  • To access Union Creek from all other off-mountain resort locations and pay parking lots look for the nearest Westbound Copper Loop Shuttle service stop.
  • To access Union Creek from the mountain please refer to our trail maps upon which Union Creek is located at the bottom right, or west end, of the mountain.

Center Village, Burning Stones Plaza, and Copper Conference Center
Center Village is the starting point for Ski & Ride School Adult Express Group lessons, "Choppers," "Copper Posse," "Women's Wednesdays," "Busters Series" sessions, the "Over the Hill Gang," and many private coaching sessions. Burning Stones Plaza is in the village core, just below the base of the American Eagle lift. The Copper Conference Center is located just to the west of Burning Stones Plaza on the far side of the MAC/Jack's Food Court.

  • To access Center Village from "Alpine" and "Corn" free parking lots board the Blue Express / Center Village Shuttle bus.
  • To access Center Village from all other resort locations and pay-parking lots, look for the nearest Westbound Copper Loop Shuttle service stop, except when departing from Union Creek.
  • To access Center Village from the mountain please refer to our trail maps where Center Village is centrally located at the bottom of the mountain.

We look forward to your visit and to seeing you progress with our professional instructors/coaches!!

Here's a few more tips to help you make your stay more enjoyable: High Alpine Safety Tips

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

Copper Mountain offers ideal terrain for beginner skiers and snowboarders. The mountain's west side is gentle and sloping, and becomes gradually steeper as you move east. This creates a naturally-divided ski trail network, because it keeps beginner skiers in their own area on the west side of the mountain, so you will not have expert skiers flying by as you are learning.

Union Creek base area is located on the west side of the mountain with 3 lifts (Kokomo, High Point, and Lumberjack) servicing only green runs. There is also a day lodge offering lift tickets, food, rentals and lessons. Another learning area, Green Acres, is a short, gentle learning area where the beginner can hone their basic skills. Green Acres offers a very short chair lift and a surface lift, but there are no services in this area, so you'll need to have your gear and lift ticket before you head to Green Acres. Both Green Acres and Union Creek are perfect for beginners, and each is accessed by our shuttle service. Just ask an employee if you're not sure which shuttle to hop on. Also, there are plenty of green runs accessed by the American Flyer lift and Rendevous lifts, but these runs are longer and are not recommended for your first day on the slopes.

Click here to see trail maps for Copper Mountain.

 

Copper Mountain is open for the season!
Colorado Demo Days will take place Nov. 22nd and 23rd.
Lifts open 8:30am on weekends, 9:00am weekdays.