The Center Village at Copper

The Center Village at Copper Mountain is the Main Village, making it the most popular place to stay. The Center Village has the most restaurants, shops and lodging choices, but the entire resort is relatively small when compared to towns like Breckenridge & Vail.  The Center Village has a high building & shop density and is "compact". This appeals to families with children who worry about their children getting lost, and slightly older kids can easily find their way home for lunch without needing a shuttle. If they are not ready for ski school, younger children can be entertained at the Belly Button Daycare in the Center village, which is the only daycare in Copper resort and is highly rated.

The Center Village also has two main high speed Quad Lifts (American Eagle & American Flyer) which feed the main Intermediate & Beginner runs. This makes the Center Village great for families or groups with varying ability levels as the terrain at Copper is split naturally by mountain valleys, with the more difficult Expert runs in the east, the easiest Beginner runs to the west, and Intermediate/Beginner runs in the center. 

The Village at Copper Mountain Colorado American Eagle Chairlift at Copper Mountain Colorado Copper Mountain Skiing in Colorado

 

The Center Village Map

A Lodging map of Center Village shows a horseshoe shape that begins in front of the American Eagle Express Lift and fans outward in all directions. Most lodging in the Center Village, the East Village or Union Creek is less than a 100 yd walk to access the lifts. By Breckenridge standards... that's considered ski in & out. Many Copper lodging choices offer ski in access for lunch or at the end of the day since they are nestled at the base of the mountain. Most lodging in Copper resort is not more than a 5-7 minute walk to a Ski Lift or Shuttle.

 

1. Copper One 2. The Mill Club 3. Mountain Plaza
4. Copper Junction 5. Spruce Lodge 6. Copper Mountain Inn
7. The Lodge at Copper 8. Tucker Mountain 9. Taylor's Crossing
10. Passage Point 11. Village Square 12. Bridge End
13. Westlake Lodge 14. Snowbridge Square 15. Ten Mile Haus
16. Timber Creek 17. Copper Valley 18. Togwotee
19. Summit House    

 

To better understand how The East Village, The Center Village & Union Creek areas connect, click this Trail Map link: Copper Mountain Trail Map 

Or... If you imagine facing the mountain from Center Village, the East Village (mostly Intermediate & Expert Runs) is to the left of the Center Village and Union Creek (mostly Beginner Runs) is to the right of the Center Village... all of which are connected via lifts and the free resort shuttle system. The shuttle runs every 15-20 min and it takes about 5 minutes to travel between each village.

Measurments Below: All of the measuments below are in yards. The distances to the lifts are measured from the door of the buildings to the American Eagle lift (unless otherwise indicated below). The distances to the Village are measured from the door to the closest entry point into the shopping and dining area in the Village at Copper. This is just to give you a good idea of how long you will walk for skiing and for shopping and dining.


 
Copper One Lodge:

Distance to Lifts: Ski in/out
Distance to Village: In the Village

Copper One Lodge is one of the most sought after buildings at Copper as it is the closest gold rated building to Center Village lifts. Copper One has a unique style and most units are decorated with an upscale modern mountain feel. The 5 gold buildings in center village were all built in 1999-2000. Most owners purchased the furniture available at time of sale, so most units are furnished the same. Since they are premium real estate, most owners have kept them well maintained, but owner furnishings may vary.

Although it is great to be in the closest building to the lifts, Copper One Lodge can get a bit noisy at night if you sleep with the windows open. If you are lucky enough to have the fantastic Mountain View be aware that noisy snow cats may groom during the night or very early in the morning. If you are on the Village side, it may be a little noisy at night (particularly Fri/Sat & holidays) from people in the shops, bars & restaurants located directly below.

Don’t get us wrong Copper One is a great building to be in but there are a couple other things to be aware of; There is no lounge or common area in the first floor of the Copper One Building as it is taken up with retail space and ticket booths. There is also only one outdoor hot tub and it is not very large. The hot tub becomes very crowded right after skiing and after dinner.

TIP: Before heading to the Hot Tub with a beverage, get a few Plastic Cups from a nearby coffee shop. Beer cans are frowned upon in this family resort, but when in a plastic cup are acceptable.  The cup dispenser always seems to be empty! No glass of any kind is allowed in the Hot Tub area. A change room & restroom are a few steps away, but don’t have towels.

Copper One is a very nice building with lots of balconies that overlook the ski slopes & Center Village. It’s central location & upscale décor command premium prices particularly during holidays.  1 & 2 Bedroom units are most common, although there are a few Studios, 1 BR + dens, and 3 Bedrooms as well. Many top floor units have vaulted ceilings which create a larger feeling of space.


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The Mill Club:

Distance to Lifts: Ski in/out
Distance to Village: In the Village

The Mill Club is a prime location in The Village at Copper, although it is not as well known as Copper One as it is a smaller building with not many units that rent out. The Mill Club used to be the only Platinum rated building in Copper before they built The Cirque (Union Creek), so it is viewed as a step above the other gold rated buildings. Many units have granite counter tops in kitchens and bathrooms, upscale cabinets, and King Beds in the master bedrooms. The hot tub at the Mill Club is inside which is the only downside I see to this building, but of course this is a personal preference! On the upside this building does have a large steam room that is a treat after skiing! The Mill Club will have many of the same noise issues as the Copper One Building as it is right at the Mountain overlooking Burning Stone plaza, and the Village.

TIP: All of the units in the Mill Club that look onto the Mountain are 3 Bedroom units, all of the 2 Bedroom units have Plaza/Village Views.

 
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Mountain Plaza:

Distance to Lifts: Ski in/out
Distance to Village: In the Village

Mountain Plaza is a great location as it is only 30 yards to American Eagle lift.  Although this building is rated by the resort as Silver, due to its older age, units in this building are a mixed bag of decor and furnishings. It was built almost 30 years ago, and many kitchens and bathrooms have not been updated, several of the units have stains on the carpet and older furnishings. Overall most units are clean & in good condition, and other units have been totally renovated with granite counter tops, hardwood floors, new cabinets & appliances. The entire 7th floor 2 & 3 BR units have been renovated completely and have awesome mountain views.

Larger family and groups like Mountain Plaza for their extra bedding and large square footage.  Most units have an extra bathroom, due to the lock-off manner in which the units can be rented. Many 1 Bedroom condos have 2 baths and sleep 6 with bedding of 2 Queens (or 2 Doubles) & a Queen Sleeper sofa. Many of the 2 Bedrooms have bedding for 8 to 10 with a King or 2 Queens in Master, 2 Queens (or 2 doubles) in 2nd and a Queen Sleeper sofa in living room.

One of the Drawbacks of Mountain Plaza is the Hot Tubs. They starting building a couple outdoor Hot Tubs in 2007, ran into some permit problems and ended up installing two inexpensive above ground hot tubs. There is no view, just a fenced in area at ground level near the bus loop, but at least they are there.

Mountain Plaza has the Incline restaurant and the Belly Button Daycare on the main level (no need to get kids dressed up for daycare). Mountain Plaza is right in the middle of most Center Village services which makes it a great building for families with kids. Mountain Plaza has loads of space for toys, it is a short walk to lifts, and daycare, there is a main ski rental shop is directly across the street, the free shuttle to Union Creek ski school stops right next to the building and the building has free heated underground parking & elevators, luggage dollies for easy access to condo. Mountain Plaza has no outdoor balconies, although the windows open up on the enclosed sun room area. 


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Copper Junction:

Distance to Lifts: Ski in/out
Distance to the Village: In the Village

Copper Junction is a very popular building as it is right by the American Eagle Lift and many units have lovely slope side views. Most guests consider Copper Junction a ski in/ski out building. This building is rated by the resort as a Bronze building due to age, but once again has a variety of condo qualities with some updated, others not. There are some very nice gold rated units that have been updated in the last few years with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops & hardwood floors. This older building’s condos also offer more spacious layouts & bedding options than the newer gold rated buildings.  Copper Junction has no common room, no fitness room, & NO Hot Tubs.  Most property manager's will give you passes for the Athletic Center where there is a huge indoor swimming pool,  several hot tubs (all indoors), large fitness area, etc. The shuttle stop to the Athletic Center is right behind the Copper Junction Building.
 


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Spruce Lodge:

Distance to Lifts: Ski in/out
Distance to Village: 75 yards

This building seems to fly under the radar but is almost as good a location as Copper Junction and Copper One. Spruce Lodge is just one building east of Copper Junction and only 40 yds from the American Eagle lift, yet feels off the beaten track  and at the mountain base, so it is a quieter location. You can easily ski back for lunch or at the end of the day. Many people consider it ski in/ski out as you can shuffle down to the American Eagle lift pretty easily. There is an indoor hot tub and sauna located right in the building, but both are small so get there quickly after skiing if you want to find a space! Spruce Lodge also has underground parking. There is a common deck with a grill and table seating available for those summer BBQ's on the mountain!
 
This building has some very spacious one two bedroom units. One of my favorites is a two bedroom that sleeps ten. It was renovated in the era of black fridges but I don't hold that against it! It has a spacious living room which is great for “hanging out”. Another great unit is a 1 Bedroom unit that looks right out onto the slopes and has new Mountain furniture that sleeps up to 6 comfortably. The best thing about the older buildings is that they are much more spacious!
 


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Copper Mountain Inn:

Distance to Lifts: Ski in/Ski out
Distance to the Village: 150 yards

Although Copper Mountain Inn is not right next to a lift, it is one of the few true ski in/out buildings in Copper Mt. You can walk out the back door onto the slopes, climb up 10 -15 yds onto the ski hill and ski down to the American Eagle Chair. It is two buildings over from this Chair, but because it is built a bit higher up the mountain, you get elevation to ski down. 
 
Copper Mountain Inn is an older building but has some great units that have been renovated to a gold standard. It has lots of versatile 2 bedroom units, with some that can sleep up to 12 !  Great for those trying to economize. Remember that many of these 2 BR also have 3 bathrooms. This building also has a couple of 6 bedroom units that each sleep up to 18 people. These very large units are generally older, not renovated, and rated as bronze/economy. 


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The Lodge At Copper:

Distance to Lifts: Ski in/Ski out (to the American Flyer lift)
Distance to the Village: 225 yards

The Lodge is also one of the true ski in/out buildings in Copper Mt. It is set slightly up the mountain to the right of American Flyer lift & Center Village. Most people consider it part of the Center Village, but it is technically part of Union Creek.  You can walk out your door, put your equipment on and ski/board directly to the American Flyer lift. There’s a bit of a flat spot in the middle. During early or late season there could be a lack of snow so you may have to carry equipment about 50 yds. This building has a great outdoor hot tub & deck directly facing the ski slope. Have a drink while watching people swoosh & tumble down the mountain. The Lodge is nestled in the trees, so really feels like a mountain location.  It received an exterior face lift in 2008, so doesn’t look like it was built in 1979. I highly recommend this location to my friends, however, if you have kids in ski school you’ll need to ski/walk about 150 yds across the Center Village courtyard to the shuttle stop (a 5 minute walk). Alternatively there is a walking path along the mountain behind the Union Creek Townhomes which would take approx 6-8 minutes. A pain in fresh heavy snow. Either way, neither way is convenient for kids ski school.  

Tip: Most of the Odd number units face the slopes, and most of the Even numbered units face the parking lot! 


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Tucker Mountain Lodge:

Distance to Lifts: 150 yards
Distance to the Village: 50 yards

Tucker Mountain Lodge is a lovely Gold rated building only 100-150 yards walk to American Eagle Lift. It’s not as close as Gold rated Copper One Lodge, but is less busy with a more of a mountain woodsy design theme.  All the condos have rustic modern pine furniture, fireplace mantle & picture frames. There’s a pair of pine snowshoes hanging in every kitchen.  This condo decor similarity for all Gold condos is because owners bought the same furniture package from the condo builder. About 40% of 1 Bedroom + Den units are located in this building. I’ve stayed in the 1 BR + den unit type many, many times with 2 adults and 2 kids we LOVE them. Spacious, open and great value.  I find Tucker Mtn a bit far from the shuttle stop by Mt Plaza at about 125 yds. If taking kids to ski school in Union Creek, it’s a bit faster & more direct to walk across the covered bridge and under the Passage Point walkway to the shuttle that stops across the street. See our town map.  It saves 1 shuttle stop plus you can grab a Starbucks on the way.  As with all gold rated buildings it has it’s own outdoor hot tub & fitness room, as well the Tucker Mountain Building has a pool table on the second floor. 


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Taylor's Crossing:

Distance to Lifts: 150 yards
Distance to Village: In the Village

Taylors Crossing is an almost identical location & condo décor as Tucker Mountain Lodge, with similar easy access to American Eagle lift (100-125 yds). Located behind The Mill Club and next to the small West Lake. Many condos have lovely lakeside views. As with all gold rated buildings it has it's own outdoor hot tub & fitness room. The 1st floor ski locker room doors for both Tucker Mtn lodge & Taylors Crossing buildings open on to the same main pedestrian walkway leading to American Eagle lift. This is a nice place to stay in the middle of the action of the Center Village. 


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Passage Point:

Distance to Lifts: 250 yards
Distance to Village: 100 yards

Passage Point is one of my favorite Gold Rated buildings in Copper Mountain, but some people feel it’s too far a walk to the lifts. Hello!…It’s only a 2-3 min walk of flat cobblestone walkway to and from the American Eagle lift.

Passage Point is a great building for 4 reasons:
1. It’s less busy & noisy than being right in the center of the village, therefore It feels nicely secluded.
2. The condos are a bit larger than other Gold buildings… and almost all have a King bed in the master bedroom. The 2nd BR has two twin beds or one queen bed, when all other Gold condos have 1 Queen. 
3. The shuttle to kids ski school is right across the street, out the back door. If you will be taking kids to ski school there is no walking to and from the shuttle stops carrying skis! 
4. It has the BEST Hot Tubs in Copper. There are three permanent in-ground mini pool like Hot Tubs, each at different (Hot/ Warm/ Cool) temperatures… a big issue when your little kids want to be with you. After skiing, most condo Hot Tubs are overly crowded. Having the 3 allows your family/group more privacy. The spacious garden & night lighting makes it quite a lovely place to sit and have a drink after skiing.

TIP: Before heading to the Hot Tub with a beverage, get a few Plastic Cups from a nearby coffee shop. Starbucks is next door to Passage Point. Beer cans are frowned upon in this family resort, but when in a plastic cup are acceptable.  No glass of any kind is allowed in the Hot Tub area. A change room & restroom are a few steps away, but don’t have towels.

One negative is that some condo units face the I-70 Highway, and you can hear road noise if sleeping with windows open. Other units are usually very quiet since they are away from the Restaurants and Bars!  So, when booking a condo unit, ask if it could not be on the I-70 side. 


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Village Square:

Distance to Lifts: 175 yrds
Distance to Village: In the Village

Located behind it’s sister property Mountain Plaza, it’s about 175 yards to American Eagle lift. It's a long building so your condo location within the building determines which door you exit and how long your walk to the lift is. It’s fairly close to the shuttle stop. The building is starting to show its age and condo updates to the decor and furnishings are a mixed bag. There are three elevators in the building. The indoor hot tub and sauna are located on the first floor. The hot tub only holds ten people so get there early after skiing! On the ground level is a nice Chinese restaurant plus and a huge arcade with air hockey, pinball, and virtual reality games (open daily 9am-10pm).  Village Square has meeting conference facilities, and underground parking. Pay laundry on the ground floor. A SMALL Food Market and Liquor store are located just outside the building by West Lake. For fresh groceries and wine, we stop at the 1st exit to Frisco from Denver where there is a Walmart, Safeway, etc. Note that the smaller East section of this two part building has an elevator that does not go to the basement and you must haul your luggage up one flight of stairs. The East & West parking areas do not connect. There are only a few condos that rent in the East section, so odds are slim you’d get those, but it is worth asking when renting! 


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Bridge End:

Distance to Lifts: 275 yards
Distance to Village: 150 yards

This is one of a string of buildings along the main road into Copper Mt. (Copper Road). Entering the resort (East side) and driving toward center village; these buildings are Snowbridge Square, Westlake Lodge, Bridge End. Set back from the mountains many units have lovely views, with a 250 + yds walk to the American Eagle lift they are some of the most furthest away buildings. Most units have wood burning fireplaces – for a true mountain feel.  Mostly there are non-renovated Silver rated units in this building.

 


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Westlake Lodge:

Distance to Lifts: 300 yards
Distance to Village: 125 yards

Set back from the mountain, this building also has some great views. 22 of the 35 units have a mountain view of the ski slopes. Outdoor balconies are nice.  Amenities include covered parking, one indoor hot tub, fitness room and dry heat sauna. Like Mountain Plaza & Village Square, the condo units are large, with many 2 bedrooms having 3 baths and sleeps up to 10 with typical bedding of 2 Queen in each bedroom, Queen sleeper sofa in living room. This building is used a lot for groups, so many of the condos units are getting tired and in need of renovation, new carpets & furniture. A bit of a longer indirect walk to lifts due to the bridge you must cross, but no big deal! If you looking for value this is a good building to consider. 


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Snowbridge Square:

Distance to Lifts: 300 yards
Distance to Village: 100 yards

The Snowbridge Square building has some awesome “panoramic” living room views, since it is further back, plus the entrance to all units is from the I-70 backside. It’s a Silver rated building, with large spacious condos, and many renovated units. The 2 BR+ Lofts feel very spacious with vaulted ceilings. Lofts are great, but are open to the living area below, so there is no door to close if you want younger kids in bed early. In lofts, sound can be an issue, but so can too much heat. In warmer months heat from the living room rises to the loft. Nice roof top deck with one small hot tub on it. Great views but get cozy with the person sitting next to you!  You’re about to make some new friends. It’s only about a 3-4 minute walk across the bridge to the American Eagle Lift, and the Center Village Activities. 


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Ten Mile Haus:

Distance to Lifts: 340 yards
Distance to Village: 200 yards

Ten Mile Haus has a great slopeside location, but this small 2 storey older building has no elevator. The building is rated by the resort as Bronze, but many units have been nicely renovated and have a solid Silver rating. This building is one of several condo buildings at the mountain base, just in front of an unnamed trail running under American Eagle lift.  You can ski-in for lunch or at end of day, but to start the day must hike up about 20 yards for enough elevation to ski over to the American Eagle Chair alternitavley The walk to Center Village is about 340 yards. The great location is offset with having no elevator and carrying bags & skis from the covered parking garage up 2 sets of 10 stairs. Most 2 BR units are a townhome style with kitchen & living area on main, and bedrooms on the 2nd floor, so you’ll also have to haul luggage up there. For a 2 night stay the stairs offset the location, but for a 5 night stay the stairs are no big deal. An outdoor hot tub is located overlooking the slopes, and in the summer this building has a nice outdoor picnic area that is set in the wonderful treed area against the Mountain. 


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Timber Creek:

Distance to Lifts: 360 yards
Distance to Village: 220 yards

Timber Creek is a great slopeside location, but is a small three storey older building with no elevator. The parking is above ground so even the first floor units have one flight of stairs to walk up. It is five buildings over from Copper Junction (which is ski in /out) This makes it a nice quite location but easy walk into the village for dinner. It takes 4-5 minutes to walk into the Heart of the Center Village. To start your day you could either walk into the Center Village or climb up the back hill (30 second -1 min climb) and walk  1-2 minutes to the Pitchfork lift which will give you enough momentum to ski over to the American Eagle Lift (Center Village) or the Super Bee chair in the East Village. See Ten Mile Haus description above, as Timber Creek  is very similar, except 1 building further away from Center Village. The outdoor hot tub is located right off the ski run, and makes for great views from the hot tub. There is also a nice outdoor area for summer bbq's and picnics in a wooded area.  


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Copper Valley:

Distance to Lifts: 450 yards
Distance to Village: 375 yards

Copper Valley is slopeside but a small 2 storey older building with no elevator  This is a fairly long walk to the Center Village lifts. However, for young children and beginner skier & snowboarders it can be ideal. It is just in front of Green Acres (Pitchfork/Gem lifts) very beginner ski area.  This makes it technically "ski in/out". However it is the furthest walk to the Center Village of all the Center Village units. But remember that still only means 5 minutes of cardio. By other resort standards that would be considered very close! Alot of people walk out the back door of the complex and jump on the Pitch Fork chair and then ski over to the American Eagle lift in the Center Village or the Superbee lift in the East Village. At the end of the day you can easily ski back to the complex via an unnamed ski run. This building has a great little pool that is quite warm but not enough to be considered a hot tub. There is also a sauna in the building.  The pool is just outside the door and attracts all the children every evening. 


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Togwotee Townhomes:

Distance to Lifts: 450 yards
Distance to Village: 375 yards

This is a small complex with very few units for rent. However, there is an AMAZING 4 Bedroom townhome that I consider one of the nicest lodgings in Copper. It offers a HUGE, upscale open living- dining- kitchen area, pool table, private hot tubs, etc.  Not a great location, but fine if you can hike over a snow bank & up 25 yds to Pitchfork lift.  That should give the elevation to ski thru the trees to American Eagle lift or down Skid Road (Intermediate) run to Super Bee express lift in EAST village.  OR take a short flat 75 yd walk to the Athletic Center resort shuttle. This is also where the Olympic indoor pool & fitness center is.


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Summit House:

Distance to Lifts: 350 yards
Distance to Village: 300 yards

Please don't confuse this building with the Summit House East Building located in the EAST Village. This building is a bit of an awkward location. It is one over from Timber Creek but away from the mountainside. There are only two reasons I would stay in this building. First, sometimes you can get a really great price on a unit here because of it's location. Secondly there is nothing else left that your party can fit into! Again there really isn't a terrible location in Copper but comparatively it my least favourite complex in the Center Village. There are several ways to access the lifts from here. First you can walk back behind Timber Creek and climb the small hill and go up the Pitch Fork Chair to access the American Eagle Chair (Center Village). Second you can walk over to the Athletic Club and jump on the shuttle (2-3 min walk). This is a good option if you kids are in Ski School and you have to get to Union Creek anyway. Thirdly you can walk about 5 minutes into the Center Village. The only problem is there is no walking path from Summit House so you need to be a little careful for the first minute or two of you walk and watch out for buses and cars. There is no hot tub in this building. The upper floor condos of the building have balconies and some great panaramic views of the mountains. 


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