Ski Cooper

An aerial view of Ski Cooper
An aerial view of Ski Cooper

Ski Cooper is located off of US Highway 24 on top of Tennessee Pass, about 10 miles north of Leadville. This was the location for training the famed 10th Mountain Division in World War II. Today, Ski Cooper is Colorado''s 5th oldest ski area with full base facilities and modern lifts in an area known for its world-class skiing. Perhaps a bit smaller than some of the other local world-renowned ski resorts, Ski Cooper is also an affordable alternative to all that glitz and glamour, recognized as one of the nation's most innovative and successful smaller ski resorts.

The Day Lodge at Ski Cooper offers a retail shop, equipment rental shop, restaurant and nursery (ages 2 to 7 years). The Piney Creek Nordic Center offers retail, equipment rentals and repairs, and access to 24 kilometers of groomed cross-country and skating trails. The fully accredited Ski Cooper Ski School offers adult, child, private, group, snowboard and race lessons, and a women's clinic. Lessons for handicapped skiers are by appointment.

While there are restaurants, motels and hotels available nearby in Leadville, most folks who are looking for the real Colorado apres-ski ambiance are heading north to Beaver Creek, Vail, Copper Mountain or Breckenridge for the restaurants, lounges, evening entertainment and beautiful condos, resorts and vacation home rentals.

Quick Facts about Ski Cooper

White River National Forest
Nearest City: Leadville, Colorado
Season: Late November - End of March (Weather permitting)
Hours of operation: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM MST
Average annual snowfall: 250"
Lifts: 5
* 1 triple chair
* 1 double chair
* 2 Poma lifts
* 1 surface lift
Base Elevation: 10,500'
Summit elevation: 11,700'
Vertical Rise: 1,200 ft
Total Ski/Board Terrain: 400 acres lift served
2,400 acres Snowcat served
Number of Trails: 26
Trails Classification:
Beginner: 30%
Intermediate: 40%
Advanced/Expert: 30%
Longest Run: 1.4 miles
Ski Cooper
Upper photo courtesy of Wikipedia userid Sculptorjones
Ski Trails Map courtesy of Ski Cooper