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Ski Cooper is family-friendly.
Ski Cooper is family-friendly.
Ski Cooper
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — The folks at Ski Cooper aren’t afraid to mention how affordable their resort can be. Relaxed and family-oriented, this is a brown-bag-lunch kind of ski resort where the pressure is low and the elevation is high. Not to be confused with Copper Mountain, nearby, Cooper is located at 10,500 feet above sea level atop Tennessee Pass between Leadville and Red Cliff along the very scenic Highway 24. Although the resort is rustic, it now has an electronic ticketing system – quite a modernization for this small mountain. Early in the season the resort is only open on weekends, but following December 19 it opens daily.

Fun Fact: Cooper’s Chicago Ridge snow cat tours add diversity to the skiing there, but since it’s above treeline be sure to wait for fresh snow and don’t get caught there on a very windy day.

Average annual snowfall: 250 inches

Price: Adult full-day $42

Skiable Acres: 400 lift-served; 2,400 cat-served

Lifts: 1 triple, 1 double, 2 surface

Terrain park: No

Season: November to March

Terrain breakdown: 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert

Location: Highway 24, 35 miles south of Vail, 8 miles north of Leadville

Information: (719) 486-2277



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