Copper Mountain Ski Resort Jobs
- Employment: Copper Mountain Job Listings
- Population: Dillon 800; Frisco 2,500
- Road Conditions
- Snow Report
- Annual Snowfall: 225″
- Ski Season: Mid-November-April
- Chamber of Commerce
- Average Cost 1-bedroom Apartment: $650
- Lift Ticket Prices
- Local Newspapers: Summit Daily News
You won’t actually find any copper at this resort area, nor any gold, silver, or old-fashioned mining paraphernalia. Copper Mountain is a self-contained pedestrian village (not a town) connected by shuttle service with parking areas. All lodging properties are within walking distance of the mountain, shops, and restaurants. There are upscale lodges and condos in all directions and a $3 million full-service athletic club. The town is favored by visitors not just because of these amenities, but also because it is accessible and versatile, being only about twenty minutes from the other Summit County ski destinations.
The mountain itself has 1,370 skiable acres with 2,601 vertical feet and is naturally divided into beginner, intermediate, and expert terrain. Copper Mountain is a large area with plenty of room for experts and beginners; the beginner area is one of the most expansive in the country and provides a great learning ground before testing the more advanced slopes. Many Denver residents prefer Copper Mountain for day skiing, perhaps to avoid the massive crowds at other nearby areas. There are about twenty-five kilometers of scenic cross-country Nordic trails leading into the depths of the Arapaho National Forest, as well as guided moonlit cross-country ski tours.
Summit County has plenty of outdoor opportunities for those who want a change from downhill skiing. For cross-country ski trail information call the Copper Mountain Resort Cross Country Center at (970) 968-2318, ext. 6342. Snowmobiling, ice skating, and an annual snowboard race series are also popular pastimes.
One of the highlights of summer in Copper Mountain is Michael Martin Murphy’s West Fest, which honors Native American culture and the Southwest through displays of art, music, and food. Summit County is full of possibilities for outdoor recreation, so if biking, hiking, and fishing are your fancy, call the Dillon Ranger District Office at (970) 468-5400. Fishing is reputed to be excellent in the Blue River, Ten Mile Creek, and Lake Dillon.
The heartbeat of Copper Mountain’s nightlife is at the Village Center where jazz piano bars, Irish pubs, taverns, and restaurants can be found. For a cozy, informal atmosphere try Blue Spruce, (970) 668-5900, and The B Lift Pub, (970) 968-2525. Fast-food junkies will find many places to get a quick fix in Frisco and Silverthorne, just down the road.
Copper Mountain is seventy-five miles west of the Denver International Airport via I-70. This drive is a straight shot; just take the Copper Mountain exit. Denver’s airport is served by many major airlines. Resort Express, (800) 334-7433, has transportation service from the airport to the resort throughout the day; the one-way fare is about $35.
Finding an apartment in winter can be difficult, so it is a good idea to either arrive in Copper Mountain a month or more prior to the ski season, or contact a local realtor. Subscribing to the local papers will also keep you informed of the prices and availability of housing in the area. Copper Mountain offers limited employee housing units in nearby Leadville; other employees are scattered among Dillon, Frisco, Copper Mountain, and Breckenridge.
For information on employee housing call Lodging Services at (970) 968-2318, ext. 60823. Also. for alternative housing in the area, check out these websites:
Craigslist: Check out Craigslist Housing Options
Summit Daily: Check out Summit Daily Classifieds
Leadville Herald Democrat: Check out Leadville Herald Democrat
One Man’s Junk (local Facebook group): Check out One Man’s Junk
Copper Mountain Report Association: Check out CMRA’s website
Summit Combined Housing Authority: Check out Combined Housing Authority website
Copper Mountain holds its job fair in October, so contact the Chamber of Commerce for dates and locations. The whole Summit County area is an excellent place to find work with its four ski areas, over 100 factory outlet stores, and numerous restaurants and shops. Again, subscribing to the paper will give you other current employment information. Visit the Copper Mountain Employment Website.