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About the Area

Coppervale Ski Area

With substantial snowfall in the upper elevations, Lassen College's Coppervale Ski Area is in full operation.

Coppervale is located 18 miles from Susanville on Highway 36 and sits at a base elevation of 5,200 feet. With a peak elevation of 5,820 feet, the ski hill packs enough groomed snow for some terrific downhill fun and features eight spectacular trails, a terrain park, a half-pipe and more than 700 feet of vertical drop.

Whether your forte is downhill, cross country or snowboarding, Coppervale has something just right for you and the family; trails for various skill levels, a face, forest runs, a bowl and a newly created terrain park. The slopes are groomed to accommodate less advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Established in the late 1930's as a club, by citizens of Westwood and Susanville, the original lift was a rope tow run off the rear wheels of a car chained on the top of the mountain. The first person up in the morning hiked up with gas and started the engine.

Lassen College took over the Ski Area in the 1940's and started the first official ski classes. The rope tow engine was moved to the bottom of the hill and refitted with a new engine and other modifications.
In 1977 the Poma lift was installed to provide service to the summit, where skiers have access to almost 740 feet of vertical drop.

The days and hours of operation when snowfall permits are Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 9:30am to 4:00pm. The cost is $40 for full day or $30 for half day which would start at 12:30pm.  Rental gear is available. For more information about Lassen's Coppervale Ski Area call the Snow- Phone at 530-251-8841. Or visit Facebook:

Archived article, “Coppervale, still a blast out of the past”: