Looking for a family friendly Colorado ski resort? Traveling Grandmom says kid-friendly Copper Mountain Ski Resort is perfect for families of all ages. From its convenient location to affordable accommodations, kids school, and, of course, great snow conditions, read on for all the reasons why families love Colorado’s kid-friendly Copper Mountain Ski Resort.
Family Friendly Colorado Ski Resort: Copper Mountain
Looking for a family friendly Colorado ski resort that is perfect for all ages and skill levels? Families love the kid-friendly Copper Mountain Ski Resort. And even better, my family has loved Copper since my now adult children were littles!
When I moved to Colorado more than 30 years ago, Copper Mountain was the first place I took ski lessons, and it was also where my two now adult daughters took their first lessons at ages 8 and 10. Copper brings to mind happy family memories from those days, and I was ready to introduce my grandchildren to this family friendly ski resort.
I thought it was only fitting that my return to this Colorado ski resort would include me, two of my seven grandkids with their mom (my oldest daughter), my son-in-law, and grandpa.
Here are reasons why I’m sure you’ll love this family friendly Colorado ski resort!
Copper Mountain Ski Resort is Close to Denver
Located 75 miles west of Denver (about 2 hours), Copper Mountain Ski Resort welcomes you to the breathtaking Colorado Rockies at an ear-popping 9,712 feet in elevation at the base, while mid-mountain Elevation (Solitude Station): 11,200 feet
Copper is easily accessible from Denver, an I-70 drive due west, although all too frequently the ski traffic on the weekend might increase your time behind the wheel.
Traveling Mom Tip: If at all possible, avoid peak weekend and holiday drive times and book your Copper Mountain family ski vacation departures on a weekday.
Easy to Navigate: Kid-Friendly Copper Mountain
Although Copper is the largest ski area in Summit County, its villages are easy to navigate and feel real homey. Even though I live in the suburbs of a big city, I’m a small town girl, and I really do like the intimacy of a small not-too-spread-out ski town.
Copper consists of three base area villages: West Village (Schoolhouse and Union Creek), Center Village (Village at Copper), and East Village (Copper Station). All are interconnected and easy to navigate with its free shuttles.
For our 2-night stay, our condo was located in Center Village. Once we checked in, our location allowed us to quickly pick up our rental skis in the village (a few doors down from our condo). For the evening, grabbing a bite to eat was also steps away. When it was time for the grandkids ski school lessons, it took us only a few minutes to walk to the shuttle for the West Village, the location of the ski school.
When it was time for the grandkids’ ski school lessons, it took us only a few minutes to walk to the shuttle for the West Village, the location of the ski school.
Stay and Play in Kid-Friendly Copper Mountain
Lodging options are located throughout all three villages with price categories ranging from budget friendly to high end. We stayed in a condo in the heart of Central Village. Our view from the condo was one of the beautiful fire pit.
For so many reasons, I feel a condo is crucial to a successful family vacation. After the traffic-congested drive, unload and unwind in your own space. Our family kicked back together in the living room, where the owners even provided several family friendly movies to watch. We stocked the refrigerator with snacks and drinks.
Within a few steps were dining options and in our condominium, we had access to a rooftop hot tub as well. In the evening after dining at the family friendly Incline Bar & Grill, we ordered a hot chocolate and listened to live music at the mountain.
And most importantly, our Copper Mountain ski condos were a quick shuttle to the kids’ ski shool.
A Mountain for All Ages and Abilities
Copper Mountain is known for its “naturally-divided” terrain. This basically means that skiers and riders can enjoy the mountain at their own pace or skill set. For families searching for their first ski experience, kid-friendly Copper Mountain should be at the top of your list with its fantastic ski school AND an abundance of beginner (green) slopes. The west side contacts the most green beginner slopes, and as you move east, the slopes and trails become more advanced.
As one of Colorado’s biggest ski resorts, their mountain statistics say it all: 2,465 total skiable acres; 23 total lifts, and average snowfall of 304 inches! While the stats look good, Copper delivers in customer service, laid back style and genuine friendliness by staff. So many times random employees (from bus shuttle driver to staff on the mountain) welcomed us with a big hello and “how you doing today” to me and my family.
Copper Kids Ski and Ride School
I cannot say enough about how amazing is the kid friendly Copper Mountain’s ski school. Yeah I know — a kids ski school SHOULD be kid friendly and amazing. And we’ve checked into a few here in Colorado, which have been over-the-top awesome.
But my grandkids still talk about their fantastic experience with their Copper Mountain Ski instructor CJ. This was their third snowboarding lesson in as many years, and CJ worked really intensely on building their confidence. After a short refresher lesson, he had them taking the “big kid” lift up and snowboarding down a beginner slope like they were pros.
From a grandparent point of view, that’s what I look for — an instructor that is invested and committed to making a difference with the kids! What I really loved about CJ is his enthusiasm and how he quickly became like a big brother to my grandkids — and how confident they were when we picked them up. We even received a handwritten “report card” about their snowboarding skills, letting them know what they did well and what they could do to improve.
The grandkids had so much fun with their instructor that they opted out of the tubing hill in the afternoon, so they could continue practicing what CJ had taught them.
Did We Mention Fabulous Snow?
Colorado snow is worth playing in. Where else but Colorado can you ski or snowboard in mid-April? That’s exactly what we did — enjoyed a late spring family ski vacation to Copper Mountain Ski Resort.
It’s Not All About the Powder
When choosing your family friendly Colorado ski resort, really, it’s not all about the powder. You can’t ski or snowboard 24/7. Seriously, kids can get bored with skiing, and some family members may not want to ski at all. That’s why kid friendly Copper Mountain is perfect for families. Like many ski resorts, Copper stepped up as a multi-sport destination.
Copper has a full menu of winter things to do including tubing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing, winter fly fishing, and of course, the perhaps one of the biggest draws: Woodward Copper.
A year-round facility Woodward Copper offers snowboard, ski, skateboard, BMX, mountain bike, and scooter programs. Worth visiting is the Barn, a 19,400 square foot indoor playground with foam pits, a pump track, multiple skate areas, 6 Olympic fly-bed trampolines, and a 14’ x 14’ Super Trampoline.
Free AND Kid Friendly Copper Mountain
Yes, a family ski vacation can be expensive. But put away those wallets as this family friendly Colorado ski resort actually offers several free things to do in Copper Mountain.
In addition to the complimentary bus shuttle, the Copper FreeRide Electric Ride option family with small children or anyone struggling with their gear or elevation rides between the inner parking lots and the Center Village. The car holds up to 5 people and their equipment. Reservations aren’t required, but guests may schedule a pickup during operating hours.
Copper’s Ambassadors offer free mountain tours daily from mid-December through the beginning of April, snow conditions and terrain opening permitting.
Free snowshoe tours are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., conditions permitting with no prior experience necessary. Do note that the afternoon tour is shorter and more family friendly.
Ski with a Ranger! Bring family and friends to learn while you turn on a FREE 1-hour, on-hill cultural and natural history tour presented by Friends of the Dillon Ranger District covering topics from wildlife and plants to geography and history.
Kids’ Night Out is a (sort of) FREE childcare service offered to parents. But during the hours your kids are in the program, $30 per child must spend shopping or dining at Copper (receipts required!).