by Doug Blake

From west to east, Copper Mountain progresses for beginners to experts, making your entry point for adventure identifiable and accessible according to skill level. Knowing exactly where you want to be can make or break your day on the hill. Finding a place that suits the style of your family’s freeride fantasies should be the focus. Make your way to the West Village and create an intimate on-mountain experience while you right-size the day for you and your young rippers.

Union Creek, the westernmost base area, has everything you need for your tribe. From the moment you get off the bus or park the car in the West Village, Copper has got your back. Grab a wagon, load your gear (and your kid) and pull not push your way to adventure. Take a turn ringing the old-fashioned school bell to signify the start of your day. The base area has it all, including a ticket office, equipment rentals, ski school, gear shop and a food court.

Once you’re geared up and ready to ski or ride, head over to the Kokomo Express Lift for the best beginner access on the mountain. This updated ski lift provides quick, safety enhanced service to the Roundabout run and will drop you at the foot of the Lumberjack Lift where you can elevate your turns while gaining confidence. Perfectly positioned gradient allows for progression at different levels, comforting the newbie and challenging the skilled skier. At the top of the lift sits Koko’s Hut, one of Copper’s newest dining spots modeled after a classic Colorado mountain hut.


A glimpse at the Blake family skiing off the Kokomo Express lift at Copper Mountain


Feed the Frenzy: Koko’s Hut

Whether you’re taking your passion to a new level or learning how to ski or ride for the first time, you need a break to refuel and recharge. Koko’s marks the spot for a convenient on-mountain dining experience; strategically designed to quench the appetite of everyone's cravings. Serving up homestyle favorites, Koko’s Hut has enough variety to meet the demands of your family’s pickiest foodie. While the kids mix and match an entree, side and drink of choice in their personalized “Critter Meal,” mom and dad can grab a cold one, accompanied by a warm one (Koko’s features soups, chili and mac and cheese served in a fresh-baked bread bowl). If the team is looking for a celebratory cocoa stop, don’t forget the serve-yourself marshmallows to top off the toast. Additionally, the variety of seating at Koko’s provides relaxing options inside and out while waiting on the passing storm or relaxing in the mountain sun. This stop provides the perfect break to your right-sized ski day at Copper Mountain.


The Blake family eats lunch at Koko's Hut, located at the top of the Kokomo Express at Copper Mountain


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