As I sized up the Woodward WreckTangle, the 10-element outdoor obstacle course that debuted in Summer 2017 at the base of Copper Mountain Resort, I envisioned myself sailing through it with the nimbleness of television’s “American Ninja Warrior” contestants. But instead of finding my inner ninja as I attempted the first obstacle—running steps comprising angled panels across which I was supposed to race—I floundered, flopping pathetically into the net.
“C’mon, Mom!” hollered my two sons. “Try again! Just don’t fall next time!”
Kids’ heckling aside, there’s plenty of warm-weather fun at the ski resort, just 75 miles west of Denver. In addition to the WreckTangle, the resort now boasts the Rocky Mountain Coaster, measuring 5,800 feet long, one of the longest alpine coasters in North America.
Opening December 2017, the all-season coaster is part of the resort’s $20 million outlay in 2017/2018 that included installing a high-speed quad chairlift and improving lift-pass technology. The investment is all part of a campaign to attract visitors to Copper Mountain, even in non-winter months.
“Families are not only looking for lodging deals, or to avoid crowds or vacation in more favorable weather, they are seeking experiences that are laid-back, affordable and ultimately get the kids outside and away from their phones and tablets,” says John Monson, director of sales and marketing for Copper Mountain Resort.
Check out how you and the kiddos and experience serious summertime fun in Copper Mountain.
Buy an activity pass. For just $69, guests can experience a wealth of activities, including the WreckTangle, Rocky Mountain Coaster, bungee, go-karts and more. It also includes adventures at West Lake, which features bumper boats, Hydrobikes and an over-water zip line. The resort also provides a host of free programming for families, from weekly campfires and s’mores gatherings to Kids Eat Free deals, and free date-night childcare on Friday and Saturday nights throughout summer (when spending $30 in the resort). Simply call to reserve spots, (970) 968-2318, ext. 38101, drop off the kids at the daycare center in Mountain Plaza, Center Village, any time after 5:30 p.m. Pick up before 10 p.m., showing receipt of spending $30 or more at Copper Mountain.
Earn a Weekday Warrior Activity Pass. Spend $30 at the resort on any given Monday-Thursday and turn it in to guest services in Camp Hale Outfitters to receive a same-day summer activity pass ($69 value). Bonus: You can receive additional passes for every $30 spent.
Experience a Woodward Copper Day Camp. The perfect mix of outdoor fun and indoor progression in a safe, supervised environment, these day camps are ideal for kids ages 6-14. From jumping, tumbling and bouncing on the spring floor and trampolines in The Barn—the 19,400-square-foot indoor playground—to practicing skiing and snowboarding on the Skatelite jumps into foam pits, the camps help participants build skills, both emotionally and physically. New this season: Day-camp fee includes the WreckTangle and Rocky Mountain Coaster.
Participate in the Woodward WreckTangle Championships. Returning Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, the second year of this successful event allows kids and the kids at heart to show off their inner ninja, compete against their friends and meet professional ninja athletes. With open registration, anyone can join the fun and participate in this event; all participants receive a limited edition 2018 WreckTangle Championship t-shirt.
For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.