You decide but choose to Ski or Snowboard before you leave home? This is ultimately your choice, both are lots of fun but we recommend you consider the following; • Snowboarding is hard at first but gets easier once you have the basic skills. • Skiing is easier at first but can take time to master. Note: We highly recommend you take lessons to avoid frustration, reduce chance of injury with high medical costs and accelerate your fun meter. Avoid asking friends and family to teach you and know that taking lessons from professionals other than the Copper Mountain Ski & Ride School pros, at Copper is against the law and US Forest Services Regulations.
Clothing Check; You will need winter clothing (i.e. one pair of winter socks, long underwear, water proof & insulated jacket/pant, hat, gloves/mittens, sun glasses or goggles, helmet is optional; unless you are taking a lesson, where it is mandatory. Note: Retail opportunities exist in the resort but to save time you may want to come prepared. Snowsport Equipment Check; The resort offers rental services for ski & snowboard with bindings, boots, poles and helmets at the Union Creek beginner area. Note: you can rent off site, before you get to the resort but then you get to carry heavy items, that could also be dangerously placed in your car. If you rent off site we highly recommend Christy Sports, with many stores in Colorado and that you properly store and secure your equipment in your car for your safety.
Car Check; Winter tyres/tyre pressure/tyre chains/Engine oil & anti-freeze/wiper blade & fluid & we recommend you get your vehicle ready for mountain driving by consulting a local automotive expert for more details.
Leave Early; Plan your trip and know winter roads can be slower than in summer. To get a full day of fun and value, we encourage you to leave home early and arrive between 7:30-9am. Have Breakfast - someplace new: Union Creek Base facility has a cafeteria/food court style food and beverage area with a full service bar. Note: They serve hot and cold breakfast, lunch and open from 7:30am daily.
Parking; Free Parking off Hwy 91 in Alpine or Corn Lots Union Creek Pay Parking – highly recommendation near the beginner slopes
Shuttle; Take the “green route” to Union Creek to some of the best beginner terrain in Colorado.
Arrive & ask for help; Copper’s friendly resort ambassadors will greet you on arrival and guide you to our indoor facilities such as rental shops, lockers, toilets, lift ticket windows, ski & ride school lesson desk.
Right lift/Right Run; At Copper we recommend that you ride the Kokomo chair lift and ski or ride down the Lower Roundabout Run, for your first experience. All other green terrain is more advance beginner experiences, so take it easy & play safe.
Consider taking a lesson; Snowsports have inherent risks; for your own health and the safety of others, we strongly recommend you take a lesson on your first day. Surprisingly affordable children and adult class and private lesson options exist, with rental and lift packages representing the best value. Click here for more details.