by Lu Snyder
What makes a great family vacation? You can’t predict family dynamics, but the place you choose for your destination can increase your chance of success. Whether you’re getting away for a week or a weekend, Copper’s list of family activities is sure to send you home with a collection of happy memories.
Copper’s list of activities is likely longer than you can fit in a day, but you can certainly try. With a Summer Day Pass, you’ll get to ride the Go Karts, Zip Line and Mountain Coaster and try the Wrecktangle each one time. You’ll also have unlimited access to the scenic chair lift (including the bike haul option), climbing wall, and West Lake’s bumper and paddle boats. If you aren’t feeling that energetic or are short on time, opt for a pass for one activity alone for just $13. (Lift access with bike haul or on-mountain lunch is $23.)
S’mores and more
Here in the Rockies, summer isn’t complete without at least one session of s’mores. Since you’ll likely be camping in a condo instead of a tent, Copper offers you a unique s’mores roasting experience: toast your marshmallows at the Center Village Fire Globe (ingredients available for purchase at McCoy’s Mountain Market, extendable roasting sticks located by the fireglobe). On Saturdays, enjoy your s’mores as you sing your favorite tunes with local favorite guitarist, Randall McKinnon.
As you stroll through Center Village, be sure to stop for a family game of corn hole, ring toss or shuffleboard. Or maybe send the kids out to play as you wait for dinner to be served at Incline Bar & Grill, Ten Mile Tavern or one of the other restaurants nearby.
Hike or bike
Last winter’s spectacular snowfall (it snowed into June, if you hadn’t heard) should result in an explosion of color in the mountains this summer. Take the chairlift up the mountain and admire the spectacular wildflowers (don’t forget your camera!) as you hike – or mountain bike, if you’re feeling adventurous – back down to the village.
Shoppers won’t want to miss Kokomo’s for Colorado-made gifts, jewelry and artwork, plus a fun selection of games, t-shirts and souvenirs; Camp Hale for outdoor and mountain gear; Fuxi’s for flashy socks, racing gear and leisure wear; and Kelly’s Closet for hats, shoes, dresses and other apparel for the family.
Copper may not have a beach, but it’s got the next best thing: a saltwater pool. Jump in for some laps, an afternoon of family fun or a soak in the hot tub. Even better: parents can take turns watching the kids (there is no lifeguard on duty) while the other gets in a workout or a massage – all available in the same building.
At a starting elevation of 9,700 feet, Copper Creek Golf Course may be the country’s highest golf course. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy the fun and challenging par 69, 18-hole course with the rugged Ten Mile Range as a backdrop.