TOP COLORADO DESTINATIONS: COPPER MOUNTAIN

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It’s so tempting so sum up the entire mountainous region of Colorado in four short words: summer hiking, then skiing. And yes, you certainly can ski, snowboard, and snowmobile well into early spring. But even areas like Copper Mountain, whose very identity is linked to being a ski resort town, have much more to offer.

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TOP COLORADO DESTINATIONS: COPPER MOUNTAIN

  1. 1. TOP COLORADO DESTINATIONS:COPPER MOUNTAIN
  2. 2. It’s so tempting so sum up the entire mountainous regionof Colorado in four short words: summer hiking, thenskiing. And yes, you certainly can ski, snowboard, andsnowmobile well into early spring. But even areas likeCopper Mountain, whose very identity is linked to being aski resort town, have much more to offer.
  3. 3. Getting to Copper MountainLocated along the I-70 corridor in northwestern Colorado, getting to CopperMountain by car isn’t particularly difficult. If you are flying in, Eagle CountyRegional Airport is about 55 miles to the west. This airport is served bymajor carriers like Delta, Continental, United, and American, but flights canbe seasonal or year-round, depending on the airline. Denver InternationalAirport, the state’s largest airport, is just over 100 miles to the east. Bothfollow I-70.
  4. 4. Staying at Copper MountainThere is certainly no lack of places to choose from when it comes tostaying in the area. Luxury resort? Check. Bed andBreakfast? Check. Hotel? Check. Copper Mountain vacationrental? Absolutely. If you can’t find your ideal rental, or if you’d like aspot a bit further from the scene of the action (and a bit easier on yourwallet), consider including local towns in your search. Vacationrentals in Frisco or Dillon are within 20 minutes’ drive. Once again,follow I-70.
  5. 5. WeatherBecause of the mountains, the weather can be unusual. Of course,expect it to be cold and snowy in the winter. But the snow may notfully melt until May or June, and even in the summer, nights can becool. Keep in mind that, usually, the higher up the mountains yougo, the colder it will be, even in warm months. The exception to thisrule is on cold nights, when the frigid air collects in thevalley. Bottom line: bring warm clothes.
  6. 6. Things to DoDid we mention skiing, snowmobiling, and other wintersports? Cooper Mountain, with its shops clustered village-likeat the base on the mountain, comes into its own in thewinter. The terrain offers slopes for skiers of all kinds, frombeginners and families up through intermediate skiers todownright experts. Inside activities include shopping, finedining, and a fitness center.
  7. 7. This is not to say that Copper Mountain closes up shop when the snowmelts. On the contrary, many activities are just getting started. Counting innearby Breckenridge, you can stroll the art district and visit a few galleries oruse that formerly snow-laden mountain for hiking. Other summer activitiesinclude boating, fishing, golf, hot air ballooning, and horseback riding. Overthirty concerts are presented at the Riverwalk Center. The musical stylesperformed range from classical to jazz.

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