Colorado’s resort towns are booming, and not because of the fresh pow. There has never been more to see and do in these so-called “seasonal ski spots” than now, which are evolving into year-round communities. With the increase of telecommuting, and an entirely new generation of employees and business owners working remotely, resort towns are seeing a surge of activity from buyers, not only looking for second-home escapes, but also to set up primary residences in the mountains.
Despite the population increase, much of the state’s resort town charms remain the same – world-class skiing, memorable après-ski, and an abundance of trendy bars, boutiques, and cultural attractions worthy of their own Instagram account. Ask any local and they’ll tell you the same thing, nothing beats Colorado’s mountain lifestyle. Today, we put the spotlight on Copper Mountain.
Only a short, 30-minute drive from both Breckenridge and Vail sits Copper Mountain, home to the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center where the U.S. Ski Team trains. As the largest of four resorts in Summit County, Copper Mountain Ski Resort is a self-contained community that thrives on well-designed terrain and ski runs catering to a variety of skill levels.
It is also a desirable mountain town with a laid-back inclusive vibe. Three pedestrian-friendly villages, ample lodging, retail outlets, and an array of inviting restaurants await. What’s not to love about Copper?
From the ice skating rink at West Lake, to golf at Copper Creek Golf Course designed by Pete Dye, there are a number of places to keep you satisfied all twelve months of the year. When it’s time to grab a bite or cup of joe, locals rave about Sugar Lips Mini Donuts which dishes up mouthwatering confections and hot coffee with pride. Fun fact – Sugar Lips got its start in San Luis Obispo, before heading to the Rockies to become one of the first food trucks in Denver. The Sugar Lips “Donut Hole” was showcased on the Cooking Channel’s Eat Street in 2012. Make sure to add it to your “to-do” list when visiting the charming Center Village of Copper Mountain.