For many skiers and snowboarders, the introduction to the sport unfortunately comes on a dull “bunny slope” near the base of the ski area. Beginners at Colorado's Copper Mountain, however, are blessed with a layout of green trails that may be the best in the country.
First, Copper Mountain tends to have naturally divided terrain with advanced, intermediate and beginner runs each clustered in separate parts of the ski area. Therefore, beginners generally do not have to worry about experts zooming by them.
Second, the American Flyer chairlift goes up a hefty 1,904 vertical feet to give new skiers a chance to experience the scenic vistas that help make the sport special. Many other resorts may have a green trail coming down from a higher elevation, but in many of those cases, such a beginner run is just a single meandering catwalk cutting across more difficult terrain. On the other hand, Copper Mountain's long green runs such as Coppertone and High Point give beginners fall-line, but low-angle, skiing.
Finally, the greens at Copper are not boring for more advanced skiers, including parents tagging along with kids. Although not steep, runs such as Scooter tend to have a rolling nature even across the breadth of the trail to give them more interest. Runs such as Roundabout and West Ten Mile have sporadic tree islands to add character.
Along with American Flyer, the Union Creek chairlift is the other high-speed quad serving the area. Ski and ride school facilities are conveniently located at the bottom of Union Creek in the West Village.
Disclaimer: Lift tickets were provided during visit to Copper Mountain.