If you are searching for a ski resort in Colorado that is nearly overwhelming in all its activities, Copper Mountain Ski Area may be it. This place teaches you, entertains you, feeds you, and even cares for your children. There are mountain orientation tours that will familiarize you with the mountain from the west to the east. You will know how to get around and reach all of Copper Mountain's favorite spots.
In addition to skiing, there are plenty of winter activities at the resort. Ice skating at West Lake is open from 10 am until 9 pm daily and skate rental is available. Snowshoeing takes visitors over snow covered mountains past pine and spruce trees and guided tours of the area. Snowmobiling is a more adventurous way to see the area. Go up 10,000 feet on the Polaris snowmobiles, available for rental. There are also sleigh rides drawn by 150 horses. Following a 30 minute ride, enjoy hot cocoa and s'mores while listening to live music by the wood stove. You can also try out dog sledding or take a mushing class.
If all of the activities of Copper Mountain have you working up an appetite, visit one of the numerous restaurants in the area. Great food can be found in the East Village, the Center Village, Union Creek, Wheeler Flats, or right on the mountain. Mountain top dining features chili, burgers, and BBQ. The Solitude Station BBQ offers a variety of Cajun specialties including crawfish etouffee, gumbo, and jamalaya. Also choose from pizza, soup, chai, pastries, and bagels. Camp Hale at Solitude Station features some quick bites, cookies, and a full cappuccino bar which is a great way to warm up during an afternoon of skiing. Flyers Soup Shack will hit the spot with delicious soups that are all favorites of the locals. With a fun outdoor patio, this is a great place to relax and hang out with friends and family. Finally, for a more substantial meal on the mountain, head to the T-Rex Grill, a multi-level facility that serves beer and burgers.
Parents with children will love being able to drop off the kids at the Belly Button Babies & Bakery on site. They offer childcare for kids age 8 weeks to 6 years old. During the winter ski season the daycare facility is open seven days a week from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm for full-day care and 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for half-day care. Lunch and hot lunch is provided for the children every day. Located in the Village at Copper, this convenient daycare facility is just steps away from the American Eagle Chairlift.
If you are new to skiing, there are a variety of lesson options from which to choose. Enroll in a private lesson or join a group and learn to ski together. Adult and youth seasonal plans are available for those who would like to learn more than just skiing basics. Copper Mountain also features competition and training programs. For a ski resort packed with plenty to do, take the family to Copper Mountain Ski Area.