Reasons to Take a Copper Mountain Family Ski Vacation

Cumulatively our family of four (with kids ages five and nine) has now been skiing for more than 50 years. Most of those years have been spent skiing Vail and Beaver Creek. And it has been several years since my husband & I have ventured to other ski resorts. But when such an opportunity arose this March we grabbed it to experience Copper Mountain skiing.

We ventured a short drive over Vail pass to experience a different Colorado ski resort and had so much fun! Copper Mountain is a fantastic ski resort for families with much more to offer than just skiing. Here are our 5 tips to make the most of your Copper Mountain family ski vacation.


The village at Copper Mountain is great for families.
The village at Copper Mountain is a winter wonderland with plenty of family-friendly activities.

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5 Fun Things to do at Copper Mountain with Kids

From music and activities at the base area to speeding down the mountain on skis, tubes or alpine slide Copper Mountain is full of family fun.

Copper Mountain Skiing

Okay, so this is a given. You’ve traveled to Copper Mountain for a family ski vacation. You are going to ski (or snowboard). But we are putting it number one on our list because it really is a great mountain, particularly for families with beginner skiers.

Powder and blue skis for our Copper Mountain family ski vacation.
The perfect blue sky ski day with 8″ of fresh powder on our Copper Mountain ski vacation.

The trails are laid out from east to west starting at a higher difficulty to lower. The trails are grouped together by difficulty. Blacks are on the east side, blues and greens in the middle and all greens on the west side. This means there is very little chance of a beginner skier ending up on black trails which can easily happen at resorts that have more of a mix of trails throughout the mountain.

And, the trails are long and expansive, which our family loved. We also happened to be there on a day when Mother Nature had graced Copper Mountain with 8″ of snow overnight and then the sun came out and blue skies opened for the perfect day.

Tubing on your Copper Mountain Family Ski Vacation
Copper Mountain tubing is soooo much fun!

Copper Mountain Tubing

Our entire family ages five and up all absolutely loved Copper Mountain tubing hill. I would consider us veteran sledders. But this was a whole different experience. We grabbed a tube, let the magic carpet hoist us up the hill and then zipped down one of the five lanes in a square formation with four tubes held together by our hands holding the straps.

The banked curves add an extra thrill. And, the snow storm that came in at the end of our hour completed the experience. It was certainly an adrenaline rush.

While snow tubing is a blast, sledding is a great way to wear the kids out. If you don’t want to splurge on tubing then just hit one of the nearby Breckenridge sledding hills!

Ride the new Alpine Coaster at Copper Mountain

The winter of 2017/2018 Copper Mountain debuted the new Rocky Mountain Coaster. If you don’t know what an alpine coaster is, you should. We are huge fans.

It is like a roller coaster but you drive your own cart which is attached to the rails of the track, and it is set in the middle of a natural mountain environment rather than a concrete jungle. This raised alpine coaster track runs along the natural curvature of the mountain. It dips, zigs, zags and makes 360 degree turns all the way down the track.

Roacky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain Family Ski Vacation
The Rocky Mountain Coaster track being dug out after 8: of fresh snow.

Visit Woodward Barn

We know families who regularly make the trek over the pass to take their kids to the Woodward Barn. While the building may look a little like a barn, what is inside is very different. Woodward Barn is a training facility with indoor ski and snowboard training, skateparks, Olympic-grade trampolines, foam pit jumps and more. Sign up for a two-hour intro session and make sure to bring your ski/ snowboard boots and a helmet!

Enjoy an Après Treat at Copper Mountain

The villages at Copper Mountain have a variety of restaurants as well as specialty sweet shops. Treat the family to mini donuts covered with chocolate sauce and sprinkles at Sugar Lips Mini Donuts. Enjoy a freshly-baked cookie from Mary’s Mountain Cookies. Or, let the kids pick out bulk candy at City Pop Gourmet Popcorn & Candy.

Go Ice Skating

When West Lake freezes over in the winter, typically in December, it opens to the public for free ice skating. Bring your own skates or rent them from City Pop for $10 each. Or, spend $40 in the Village at Copper’s restaurants or shops, Sun-Thurs and receive a free ice skate rental. Be sure to bring your receipt.

There are several other nearby ice skating arenas that you could check out. Some are even free if you bring your skates.

There is fun for every age on a Copper Mountain family ski vacation. Here are our top 5 activities for winter at Copper Mountain, Colorado. #SkiColorado #SkiVacation #FamilyVacation #VisitColorado #ColoradoTravel


Reasons to Take a Copper Mountain Family Ski Vacation

Liana Moore

Liana Moore is a third-culture kid with a hangover from those days that is a severe case of wanderlust. She is more comfortable driving the cliffs of Amalfi, Italy or the dirt roads of Costa Rica or attempting to decipher the street signs of Osaka, Japan than navigating the theme parks of Disney World. But she loves it all. She doesn't believe a vacation is complete without an adventure. Her husband and kids know well that "adventure" often is code for mishap or challenge and it usually results in a good story. They seek outdoor experiences whether in the mountains, on a beach or in the jungle of a tropical country. Her favorite vacation is... all the ones she hasn't yet taken, as well as those she plans on taking again. And, that list is so, so long. But she continues to extensively explore her home state of Colorado, spends lots of time wandering Texas, California, New Mexico, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway and has even explored Kazakhstan.

2 thoughts on “Reasons to Take a Copper Mountain Family Ski Vacation

  • April 26, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    You had me at tubing. I cannot ski and the one time I tried my wrist ended up in a cast lol. I do love tubing though and can totally see myself doing multiple runs on that hill. Thank you for coming to Fly Away Friday! See you tomorrow!

  • April 26, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Every time I visit your blog, I think “I need to go to Colorado”. I don’t think we have time this year but I’ll have to book it as a priority for 2019! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday, see you tomorrow! xo


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