A short hike leads to excellent advanced terrain and great views in all directions.

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Union Peak/Union Bowl is an awesome advanced playground that requires a small hike either way you come in.

You access by getting off the Sierra lift and walking about 10 minutes directly up to the peak (may be more depending on your fitness level) or by going around by going up the Rendezvous lift, traversing Otto Bahn and going up Mountain Chief.

At the top of Mountain Chief you can traverse to the right and up the hill.

Eventually you’ll have to take your equipment off but with a good luck you can take a good part of the uphill.

When you arrive at the summit of Union Bowl you are rewarded with one of the best views of Copper and the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

Copper Bowl and beyond to the south, Vail and beyond to the west, Steamboat to the north and the continental divide, Breckenridge, Keystone to the East.

Union Peak itself is very steep and usually bumpy, one of the steepest and most consistent at Copper.

It’s great and pretty long for being as steep as it is and it ends up with a decision: do I hit the onion roll or no? Most should say no to this super huge natural jump that can be incredibly big under the right circumstances.

Check the jump first before going, check the landing, and get the video camera.

Please be careful, we’ve seen many patrol sleds up here, and none of us want that.