Ski Cooper is one of Colorado's lesser-know ski resorts, but a favorite of locals as well as of Denver residents wanting to avoid the crowds. Ski Cooper offers four lifts serving 365 acres, a 1,200 foot vertical drop and excellent views. The base elevation of Ski Cooper is 10,500 feet, with a 11,700 foot summit. Ski Cooper offers some fun terrain and is a quiet and inexpensive alternative to nearby Vail, Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain. There is no lodging available at the Ski Cooper base. The nearest lodging is in the historic town of Leadville, about eight miles south on Highway 24.
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Snowcat skiing at Chicago Ridge, Ski Cooper
Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours provide the adventure and excitement of backcountry powder skiing. They operate on over 1800 acres of treed slopes and open bowls; terrain suitable for the advanced to expert skiers. The Piney Creek Nordic Center offers 25 km. of groomed cross-country ski trails and skating track. The Tennessee Pass Cookhouse offers a gourmet dining adventure. Guests can either cross-country ski, snowshoe or snowmobile to the yurt, which offers excellent meals and awesome views. For more information or reservations for the Piney Creek Nordic Center or the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, call (719) 486-1750 or (719) 486-8114.
For more information call Ski Cooper at 800-748-2057.
Directions from Denver: Take I-70 west to exit #195. Follow Hwy 91 south to Hwy 24 (just north of Leadville). Take Hwy 24 north to Ski Cooper.
Normal Ski Season:
Late November through Early April .