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Copper Mountain Ski Resort

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1972. I-70 and Colorado 91, 15 miles southwest of Dillon

At the confluence of Tenmile and West Ten-mile creeks, John S. Wheeler established Wheeler in 1880. This mining district crossroads was restaked in 1972 as the Copper Mountain Ski Resort. Named for an old, low-yield copper mine, Copper Mountain has functional rather than stylized structures produced by in-house designers relying heavily on precast concrete that withstands extreme freeze-thaw cycles.

During the 1980s architectural diversity came with a new conference center, condominiums, an athletic club, a golf course, and a chapel (1976, Taniguchi and Associates), a Mineshaft Modern design combining a box and a modified A frame. Elsewhere on the grounds, an old barn and log cabin remind skiers and golfers of a very different lifestyle here a century ago.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Copper Mountain Ski Resort", [Frisco, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 464-464.

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