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Most considering Copper Mountain Real Estate are interested in the history of the area and how Copper Mountain came to be what it is today.
Copper was once home to the Ute and Arapaho Indians who fished the streams, trapped and hunted deer, buffalo, elk and bear, all within the natural beauty and scenery which today thousands of people from all over the world enjoy as they visit Copper Mountain, home to abundant snow and sunshine.
The Original Mining Area of Wheeler Junction
As with most Summit County towns, Copper’s history is tracked back to mining. Mining villages sprung up throughout central Colorado and copper was discovered in the area that now takes its name from that mineral.
But the area wasn’t originally known as Copper Mountain, but instead Wheeler Junction. Judge John S. Wheeler was the first to establish a settlement in the area in the 1800’s, at the junction between the Ten Mile and Gore mountain ranges. The old buildings can still be seen in the area near the base of Alpine Lift – or, if you’re exploring in the summer months, scattered along the back nine of Copper Creek Golf Club. Wheeler recognized the potential for development (who wouldn’t want to visit such a beautiful scenic and natural wonder) and promoted the area as a trout fishing and horseback riding retreat.
The Colorado settlement boomed. Miners, loggers, fur traders and prospectors, as colorful and storied as the environment itself, staked claims and called Wheeler Junction home. An energetic and wild boarding house offered amenities such as china dishes, authentic silverware and tablecloths in the midst of a rough and tumble mountain town. Dances, balls and card parties filled the nights as settlers sought their fortunes in the rich opportunities the area offered.
Copper Mountain Ski Resort
Over the years, new lifts were added and Copper grew to its current size of 2,433 acres. What was once a sleepy little day ski area is now one of Colorado’s premier year-round destination resorts. In 1997, the resort was purchased by Intrawest – a worldwide leader in resort operations and development.In 1971, Chuck Lewis, Copper’s founding father, took one look at the current site of Copper and told his friends, “I’m gonna build me a killer ski resort.” He negotiated a deal to purchase 280 acres at the base and worked with the Forest Service to establish parameters and guidelines for the ski area. Chuck was both a renegade and a visionary. During the summer of ’71, initial construction began on the ski trails.
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