8. Copper, Colorado

 

Average Snowfall: 279”

Elevation: 12,313’

Vertical Drop: 2,601’

Number of Lifts: 22

Hub:Denver, Colorado

Website: coppercolorado.com

 Photo Gallery from our Park Sessions at Woodward at Copper.

PHOTOS: Darcy Bacha

 

Despite its world-class shred scene, Copper lacks the crowds common elsewhere in Summit County. For Woodward at Copper Head, Coach Rick Shimpeno says Copper’s tight-knit feel causes “many of the sessions to feel like family reunions.” Here are some of his family secrets: Start by finding Mario Land, a hidden zone filled with stumps, bumps, and pow stashes. Next, make your way to the Playground and Woodward Central parks before rolling into the Superpipe. Top up by grabbing a slice of pizza at Jack’s before hopping back on the chair. On pow days, make some slashes on the steep, rolling terrain by the A chair. For post-shred fun, snag a skate session at Woodward, drinks at Endo’s, or grub at Alpinista.