Ski Cooper

Ski Cooper ~


Ski Cooper

Ski Cooper

Ski Cooper is very close to historic Leadville and is an excellent ski and snowboard destination. Because it is not well known, it is a great contrast to the bustling ski centers around Colorado, particularly Vail which is only an hour away. For many of the skiers and snowboarders, the enjoyment of getting on the snow provides a certain closeness to nature that one feels fully at Ski Cooper. This feeling is lost at some of the more popular areas in Colorado but at Ski Cooper, solitary fields of deep, powder snow are easily found in abundance on this high altitude terrain.

Ski Cooper also has an interesting and historic past. It is one of the oldest ski resorts in the state having opened in 1942. Its original purpose was much more serious than going out for a morning of skiing. Ski Cooper started as a training site for the 10th Mountain Division of Special Forces which fought in Europe in the Swiss Alps. The Alps share a similar landscape as the Rockies and proved to be an ideal training ground for these World War II troops.

Rivaling the bigger resorts, Ski Cooper offers ski and snowboard lessons for beginners through advanced, in addition to back country tours and snow cat tours that bring skiers and snowboarders up close with the rugged Colorado high mountain peaks.

Ski Cooper Stats

Base Elevation: 10,500 ft
Summit Elevation: 11,700 ft
Vertical Drop: 1,200 ft
Skiable Area: 2,400 acres
Annual Snowfall: 250 in
Number of Lifts: 4
Uphill Lift Capacity: 3,300 per hour
Types of Lifts: 

  • 2 Surface Lifts
  • 1 Double Chair
  • 1 Triple Chair
Number of Trails: 26
Longest Run: 7,400 ft


Ski Cooper Reviews:

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My Take: What I’m really looking to Ski Cooper for is to get up there on their snow cat tour. The area is not far from Leadville and Leadville is one those old historic towns that makes you want to pretend you’re a gunslinger. The ski area is small, I haven’t been there but it is so high up and so historic with the 10th Division guys training there in the 40s, it seems like Ski Cooper is one of those little places that I would find really comfortable.

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