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Copper Mountain Expands Uphill Ski Program

Looking for more off-the-beaten-path skiing options? Copper Mountain has a new uphill program just for you.

Given the popularity of uphill skiing this season, Copper Mountain in Colorado has expanded its uphill program. It features four expanded uphill routes and, brand-new this season, two daytime routes (Routes 3 and 4).

Route 1 starts at Skid Road or Main Vein, travels up to Rhapsody, Copperopolis, and Collage routes, and ends at the top of Brennan’s Grin. Route 2 travels up Carefree and Highpoint, ending at the Highpoint/Coppertone route split. These routes are available before and after resort hours only and serve blue and black terrain.

Copper Mountain trail map

The new daytime Route 3 travels up west of Timberline Express onto Copperfields. The daytime Route 4 starts in Copper’s West Village and travels west onto cross-country and snowshoe trails, then back into the ski area boundary on West Ten Mile Trail and to the top of Lumberjack lift. Both daytime routes serve blue and green runs.

Uphill Skiing Options

Copper’s uphill season pass is $59, or free for Copper Mountain Season Pass or Ikon passholders. Another perk of uphill access? You won’t need to reserve a parking spot before 8:30 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m.

Copper Mountain will also start offering private uphill tours this season for those new to backcountry touring. Private uphill tours begin at $299 and are available through April 25, 2021.

“Guests looking for an active experience are fitted into appropriate touring gear (if needed) then taken to the mountain for an introductory to the backcountry experience,” Copper Mountain wrote in a press release. “During the tour, guides will provide pointers on use of equipment, uphill technique, and will share their knowledge of the surrounding natural environment.”

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.