Equipment Allowed & Uphill Access

Copper Mountain’s ski-lifts & trails are designed for alpine & cross country skis/snowboards affixed by a range of binding systems and standardized adaptive ski devices and equipment for individuals with disabilities. As such, devices without appropriate binding systems and foot passengers on Copper’s lifts and terrain place both the guest and employees at increased risk.

Equipment Allowed & Uphill Access

 Uphill Access is open for the 15/16 winter season on December 21, 2015.

Copper Mountain’s winter operations (ski lifts and trails) are designed for use by the skiing guests using alpine and cross country skis or snowboards affixed to their feet by a range of binding systems and standardized adaptive ski devices and equipment for individuals with disabilities. As such, the acceptance of any device without an appropriate binding system is closely reviewed by Copper’s management team and must be approved by Copper, prior to the use of any such equipment. For this season Copper will allows riders using bi-deck Snowskates, having metal edges, and with a leash attached to the rider. The leash must be attached to the rider while riding, carrying and while on any chair or carpet lift at Copper Mountain. Riders of bi-deck Snowskates will be restricted to Copper’s high speed detachable lifts (Super Bee, Excelerator, American Eagle, Union Creek Quad, Timberline Express, American Flyer) and carpet lifts only. Copper currently does not allow other devices without bindings, and no foot passengers*on chairlifts during the winter season.
*Event Specific exceptions may be made.

If guests plan to ride a snowbike at Copper, they are required to wear snowblades or skis on the bottom of their feet, or they are considered a foot passenger.

*Copper Mountain Resort Reserves the right to modify its Uphill and Foot Traffic Policies at any time and during special events.

Warning: Individuals who skin and snowshoe at a ski area are considered as a skier under the Colorado Skier Safety Act. Individuals who skin and snowshoe at Copper Mountain Resort assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from the inherent dangers and risk of the activity. Copper Mountain Resort will not be responding to medical emergencies during non-operating hours. If you have an emergency during non-operating hours call 911 and be prepared to give your location and type of emergency.

* Skibike/Snowbikers must also wear snowblades or skis (No conversion bike kits ie:mountain bike conversions)
** Not Allowed Early Season

Uphill Access

Uphill Access, which involves skinning or snowshoeing up the mountain will not open until we have completed snowmaking. Monday, December 21st, 2015 is our target date for allowing Uphill Access on our designated routes. For more information email: uphill_access@coppercolorado.com. When Uphill Access is open, it is restricted to non-operating hours. Guests taking advantage of uphill travel in the morning must turn around at or prior to the restrooms at the top of Collage before lifts open to the public at 9:00 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on weekends. Evening uphill access will not be granted until after 5 p.m. It is recommended that uphill users have some form of light such as a headlamp or flashlight in use during non-daylight hours, wear reflective clothing and travel up and down in the center of the trail.

Uphill Access Pass

All guests are required to obtain a free Copper Mountain Uphill Access Pass to skin or snowshoe within the resort boundary during non-operational hours. To obtain the pass, guests must complete and sign an uphill access waiver and wear a reflective armband in plain sight while going uphill. This pass is available for pick up at Copper Mountain’s Lower Patrol Room, located next to the American Flyer lift behind Jack’s, from 5 a.m. – 5 p.m. during the winter season.

Dogs are NOT allowed on hill during up-hill access hours.

* Event specific closures exceptions may be made. Please check with patrol to ensure access at: 970.968.2318 ext. 66131

Designated Uphill Routes:

From East Village:
Up Skid Road, Main Vein, Rhapsody, Copperopolis, Collage ending at the restrooms at the top of Collage.  

From Center Village:
- Up Main Vein, Rhapsody, Copperopolis, Collage ending at the restrooms at the top of Collage.

- Carefree to Coppertone ending at the tree island at the top of Coppertone where the trail intersects Highpoint.   

From Union Creek (to Janet's Cabin):
Up Roundabout to West Ten Mile ending at the National Forest Access Point gate.


*Copper Mountain Resort Reserves the right to modify its Uphill and Foot Traffic Policies at any time and during special events.

Warning: Individuals who skin and snowshoe at a ski area are considered as a skier under the Colorado Skier Safety Act. Individuals who skin and snowshoe at Copper Mountain Resort assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from the inherent dangers and risk of the activity. Copper Mountain Resort will not be responding to medical emergencies during non-operating hours. If you have an emergency during non-operating hours call 911 and be prepared to give your location and type of emergency.

Equipment Not Allowed

Drones and Radio Controlled Aircraft

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Copper Mountain Resort prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by anyone including recreational users and hobbyists – without the prior written authorization from the resort. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Copper Mountain Resort boundaries. Examples of specific hazards include the danger to operating chairlifts and interference with medical evacuation helicopters. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the resort boundaries which may then enter the airspace above the resort. Please contact our risk manager at 970-471-5935 if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and / or U.S. Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by this Resort. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your resort access privileges to include the revocation of your ticket or season pass and could include permanent denial of access to resort. The unauthorized use of any drone equipment may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.

 

Copper Mountain reserves the right to re-evaluate and change the listings of allowed & restricted devices at any time. Guests should re-check the listing prior to your arrival at Copper.