Located about 75 miles west of Denver in beautiful Summit County Colorado is the Resort Community of Copper Mountain. Situated just off of Interstate 70, the area was once known as Wheeler Junction, a settlement founded in the 1880's and home to miners who were working in the copper mines. As is the case with other areas in Summit County, when the mining claims dried up most of the settlements associated with them did as well. However, in 1971 Chuck Lewis came to the area and decided to build a ski area with construction beginning that summer. In 1972, the Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District was formed to address the needs of the citizens of the area. The Metro District oversees services such as water, sewer, sanitation, emergency services, parks, and streets.