I am so excited to be writing this post to share such a fun location with you, Copper Mountain, Colorado. I can’t recommend a better place to go for a fabulous ski vacation with the family. Everything about this place accommodated both children and adults, and we can’t wait to plan our next trip! If you are planning your stay to Copper Mountain here are just a few tips and recommendations!
Where to Stay:
Copper Mountain’s lodging consists of East, Center, and West Village which are all near chairlifts, shops, restaurants, ski rentals etc. We stayed in Center Village which I would recommend as it has lodging that is the closest to many of the attractions of Copper Mountain. Most of our stay we were able to walk to restaurants and ski rentals, we just took the bus to the tubing hill & the the ski lifts. It was a very convenient location and we loved our condo/room. It had a living space, 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchen. This kind of space was so nice to have with the girls and especially to hold all of our winter gear.
What to Do:
There is SO much to do on this mountain and we weren’t able to do everything, so we look forward to our next trip and checking the other things off our list. Here are some of the things we did:
Tubing Hill – Garth and Adelyn had so much fun tubing together. I can’t wait to join next time when I’m not 7 months pregnant…Emery will be able to go next year too! (children must be at least 36 inches)
Critterland – The girls had a blast playing in Critterland! There is little slide, forts to hide in, and a machine operated tubing carousel that pushes them in a circle while they sit in a tube. Emery loved this and it helped her feel like she got to ride in a tube since she couldn’t go down the hill quite yet.
Youth Skiing Lessons – Adelyn was so excited to go skiing for the first time! While Garth went snowboarding, we took her to ski lessons! We had so much fun watching her learn with her classmates as they rode up a little “magic carpet” and then down on their own. She did fantastic for her first time and can’t wait to go again. I suggest that if you are getting rentals for your child, to do it the night before as it does save time in the morning. The lessons begin at 9:00 and you want them to arrive early to meet their instructor. It just saves you the feeling of being rushed in the morning– especially if your child might be a little nervous. If your children are in ski lessons, its a great way for you to be able to hit the slopes too! Lessons begin at the age of 3, but they also have child care available if you have younger children!
Woodward Copper – The day we went tubing in the morning, we decided to try to find something inside as the girls were ready to be out of the cold. We called the Woodward Copper, which was just blocks away from where we were staying, and they had an opening to take the girls for “private lessons” in tumbling, jumping, etc. Woodward Copper is an indoor training facility with skateparks, Olympic-grade trampolines, foam pit jumps, etc. The girls had a blast playing and we had even more fun watching them. It was a great place to go to get out of the cold and for them to burn some energy off!
Our next trip we want to make sure to:
Rocky Mountain Roller Coaster – a 5,800 coaster that takes you through the mountains (one of the longest in North America) and it runs year round!
Where to Eat:
We did not have a bad meal at Copper Mountain…and in fact the food might have been our favorite part about this trip. Here are a few places we ate at during our stay:
Camp Hale – Perfect place to grab hot cocoa after going tubing
Toast & Co – this was probably my favorite restaurant because not only was the food great, but the atmosphere as well. The decor and ambience of the place was so neat, as were the pancakes which convinced us to eat here more than once. I also loved the acai bowl as well as the banana bread French toast. The perfect cozy place to eat breakfast or brunch!
Mahi’s Street Tacos – This was another restaurant that we ate at twice because it was SO good. Hands down the best taco salad I have ever had. And I am pretty sure Garth would say the same about his tacos. (His favorite were the Alaskan Wild Pollock tacos) This fun lunch spot was next to where we were staying, so we loved doing something fun in the morning, picking up lunch to bring back to our room, and settling in for a nap in the afternoon.
A-Lift Pizza – The atmosphere wasn’t the best but the pizza definitely made up for it! I am a true pizza lover and this place made it in my top 5 of the best pizza I have had! SO so good! (Make sure to get the cheese sticks too!)
Casa Sanchez – A great dinner place to go for some amazing Mexican food!
Mountain Top Cookie & Crepe Stand – This might be the winner of the best place we ate because we went every single night after dinner. I have traveled to France and eaten authentic crepes and this place might have been just as good, if not better. I will warn you, they are HUGE, and we would all share one crepe for dessert. (The chocolate, banana, peanut butter, and strawberry was our favorite one!)
Sugar Lips Mini Donuts – Do not leave the mountain without trying these. Better yet, make sure you get some for breakfast and then go back in the evening for dessert donuts (they serve them with ice cream!) Freshly made to order and they seriously just melt in your mouth! (My mouth is watering just writing this) The only thing I would recommend is taking them back to your room as there isn’t much seating inside. I loved the strawberry/Nutella combo and the girls loved the chocolate and sprinkles!
City Pop Gourmet Popcorn & Candy – Before we headed back home, we stopped here to let the girls pick out some candy! This place was definitely not a disappointment in their book!
There were many other restaurants we didn’t make it to, so I recommend taking a look at their site to see all the others they offer too!
Our visit to Copper Mountain did not disappoint and we are so excited to go back. This place quickly became a yearly place for us to visit as we loved everything this cozy mountain town had to offer. If you are looking for a fun-filled, family-friendly, and fantastic-food ski vacation, than Copper Mountain is just the place for you!
Also! If skiing isn’t your thing…they offer a ton of fun activities in the summer too including a zip line, hydrobikes, bumper boats, bungee trampoline, go karts, and mini golf just to name a few!