Copper Mountain Trail Map
Mountain Safety
Operating on National Forest Land,
under permit from the Forest Service, USDA
Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or
property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing
and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting
from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: Changing
weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots;
rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects,
or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski
within their own abilities.
The Ski Safety Act includes cliffs, extreme terrain, jumps and
freestyle terrain as inherent dangers and risks of the sport. Snowcats,
snowmobiles, snowmaking and other equipment and vehicles may be
encountered at any time.
Caution: Deep snow or tree wells can expose you to the risk of snow
immersion injuries or fatalities. Educate yourself on how to reduce
the risks and ALWAYS SKI OR RIDE WITH A PARTNER. For further
information visit AVALANCHES
may occur at any time, both inside and outside of the posted ski area
boundary, WITHOUT WARNING. Become educated on how to reduce
the risks through your own actions and awareness. Contact the Copper
Mountain Ski Patrol or visit
Be alert for wildlife.
Naturally Divided Terrain
At Copper, naturally divided terrain actually separates skiers
and snowboarders by their ability levels. This award-winning
trail system is part of the reason Copper is considered
Summit County's favorite ski resort.
It’s Your Responsibility: Skier safety is everyone’s responsibility. At
this resort you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross
country or other specialized equipment, such as that used by disabled
skiers. Regardless of how you choose to enjoy the slopes, always show
courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in
skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.
HELMUT USE: Helmets are strongly recommended as the may make a
difference in reducing or preventing some (but not all) head injuries.
Copper encourages guests to educate themselves on the benefits and
limitations of helmets. If you wear a helmet, make sure you have the
proper fit and that it has not been damaged. Remember that wearing
a helmet does not make you invulnerable to serious injuries and you
must at all times ski/ride responsibly and within your ability. Below is
a partial list endorsed by the National Ski Areas Association, National
Ski Patrol, Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American
Association of Snowboard Instructors.
This map is an artistic representation and does not accurately reflect the contours
or dimensions of the resort or its specific areas. Source image © GeoEye, Inc.
Your Responsibility Code:
1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people
or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility
to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible
from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill
and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and
out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to
load, ride and unload safely.
• Colorado law prohibits riding the lifts or skiing while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Colorado law requires that you give your name and current address
to a ski area employee before you leave the vicinity if you are involved
in a collision resulting in injury.
• Witnesses are encouraged to contact a ski area employee.
• It is forbidden to ski or enter any trail or area that has been closed
by a rope or is marked with a “CLOSED” sign. Violator’s pass may be
revoked for the season.
• Lands adjacent to Copper Mountain Resort are owned and operated
by the United States Forest Service. Do not enter this land except for
Copper Mountain’s one USFS access point as labeled on the map.
Backcountry Warning: The ski area assumes no responsibility for
skiers or riders going beyond the ski area boundary. Areas beyond
the boundary are not patrolled or maintained. Avalanches, unmarked
obstacles and other natural hazards may exist. Rescue in the backcountry, if available, will be costly and may take time. For current local
weather and avalanche conditions, contact the Colorado Avalanche
Information Center hotline sponsored by the Summit County Rescue
Group at 970-668-0600. BE ADVISED. BE SAFE.
Ski Patrol
The members and avalanche dogs of the Ski Patrol welcome
you to Copper. Look for Ski Patrol in black jackets and yellow
vests with crosses. Please feel free to ask any patroller or other
mountain personnel for information or assistance.
If someone is injured or in a collision:
Cross skis uphill from the incident and send someone to report
the location, type of injury and description of the injured skier.
Call SKI PATROL at 970 968 3311.
High Altitude Precautions
• Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat - even on cloudy days.
• Wear proper clothing to protect against frostbite.
• Keep hydrated, drink plenty of fluids.
• If you develop symptoms (headache, nausea or shortness of breath), seek medical help.
Know Your Limit
• Fast and/or reckless skiing and/or riding can result in injury to you or
others, and may result in the loss of your ticket.
• Slow down in designated areas marked “SLOW” and go no faster than
the general flow of traffic.
• Do not enter closed trails by going through the trees. It is your
responsibility to know which trails are open. Share the slopes!
Avoid all Obstacles
Padding, fencing and other markings are intended to alert you to certain
hazards, not to protect you from injury.
Lifts | Quantity
High-Speed Six-Passenger Chairlift
High-Speed Quad Chairlift
Triple Chairlift
| 5
Double Chairlift
Surface Lift
| 4
| 5
| 2
Conveyor Lift
| 4
Guest Services / Information
Public Race Arena (NASTAR)
| 1
Inter-Faith Chapel
Easiest way down
from a given location
Slow Zones
Slow & Family Zones
Cross Country Skiing
Ski & Ride School
FREE Snowcat Access
Ski Area Boundary
Forest Supervisor's Closure
Ski Patrol
Bus Stop
Picnic Table
Cafeteria / Restaurant / BBQ
Traverse Routes
High Alpine Adventure Terrain
Rarely groomed and is designated
for expert snowriders only. Expect
unmarked obstacles.
Terrain Zones
Easiest Terrain
Intermediate Terrain
Expert Terrain
Expert Only
Extreme Terrain
Contains cliffs, very steep (50 degree
or greater pitch) slopes, as well as
rocks and other hazards. Skiing or
snowboarding extreme terrain is
Freestyle Terrain
Features include but are not limited to, jumps, jibs, rails, fun boxes,
snowcross, quarterpipes, halfpipes,
superpipes and all other constructed
and natural features. The following
terrain site features will be posted at
Terrain Park entrances:
S Smaller Features
M Medium Features
Free Snowcat Access
L Larger Features
Free Tucker Mountain Snowcat Access is as close
to a backcountry experience as you’ll find inside
any resort. Access Tucker Mountain by hiking the
West Ridge of Copper Bowl, or by taking a FREE
ride in a Tucker Mountain Snowcat. Cats run from
10am to 1:30pm daily. Cat operations, terrain
openings and conditions may vary and are subject
to change. Tucker Mountain closes at 2pm.
Warning: Don’t stop or stand where
you are not visible from above.
Make a plan.
Look before you leap.
Easy style it.
Respect gets respect.
Forest Supervisor’s Closure
The purpose of the Forest Supervisor’s closure is to
mitigate potential effects to Canada Lynx habitat.