Far Out: Copper Will Lift-Serve Tucker Mountain Chutes Next Season

The rumors are true. Copper Mountain will install a lift to make skiing in the far reaches of the resort more accessible next winter.

Expected to open for the 2019-20 season, the Tucker Mountain lift is a three-person fixed-grip that will serve 273 acres of expert terrain 7 days a week. The new lift will span 1,100 vertical feet and top out at 12,200 feet in elevation.

Skiers look out at Tucker Mountain
Skiers look out at Tucker Mountain. All images courtesy of Curtis DeVore/Copper Mountain

Tucker Mountain is high-alpine ski territory near the back boundary of Copper Mountain in Colorado. The mountain’s steep chutes and glades are currently served by a snowcat. However, it only runs on weekends — and only if the weather permits. Plus, the line for a ride to the top of Tucker can be long, and getting to the best ski lines requires an additional hike from the snowcat drop.

Tucker Mountain Lift Part of Bigger Upgrades at Copper

The Tucker Mountain lift will run from the bottom of the existing Blackjack chair to the top of The Taco chute. The resort will also build a ski patrol warming hut and new restrooms at the base of the Mountain Chief chair in the adjacent Copper Bowl.

The new lift is part of a $100 million multiyear expansion project by Copper Mountain’s parent company, POWDR. The investment includes other next-season upgrades like the Woodward Peace Park, a new terrain park designed with U.S. Olympic snowboarder Danny Davis.

Snowboarder shredding pow at Copper Mountain

This season, Copper overhauled its American Flyer and American Eagle lifts. It also added new base-area après-ski spots, along with a mountain coaster the season prior.

Skiers interested in checking out Tucker Mountain’s new lift-served access will have several discounted options next winter. A Copper Mountain adult season pass comes with a free kid pass. It also includes a few days each at other ski areas in Colorado and neighboring states. Additionally, Copper Mountain is part of the multi-resort Ikon Pass and will offer a four-pack ski ticket deal now through April 23.

Julie Kailus

Associate editor Julie Kailus has spent a career covering people, places, and products in the outdoor industry. Julie can be found testing the latest and greatest in her favorite activities — trail running, mountain biking, swimming, snowboarding, and the underrated endurance sport of chasing two sons around the mountains.