Ski Cooper

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Ski Cooper
Ski Cooper Looking SE
Ski Cooper Looking SE
Location Eagle / Lake counties, Colorado, USA
Nearest city Leadville, Colorado
Coordinates 39°21′38″N 106°18′8″W / 39.36056°N 106.30222°W / 39.36056; -106.30222 (Ski Cooper)
Top elevation 11,700 feet (3,600 m)
Base elevation 10,500 feet (3,200 m)
Skiable area 400 acres (1.6 km2) lift served
2,400 acres (9.7 km2) snowcat served
Runs 35 total
31% beginner
35% intermediate
34% advanced/expert
Longest run Trails End: 1.4 Miles
Lift system 1 Triple, 1 Double, 2 Surface
Snowfall 400 in, all natural

Ski Cooper, which opened as Cooper Hill Ski Area in 1941,[1] is an alpine ski resort in Colorado. It has one double, one triple, one platter lift, and one magic carpet conveyor lift. It is located at Tennessee Pass, at the dividing line between the San Isabel National Forest[2] and the White River National Forest, near Leadville, and is one of the oldest ski resorts in Colorado. During World War II, Ski Cooper served as the training site for the 10th Mountain Division and continues to host a Memorial Day celebration for the World War II veterans of this division. Ski Cooper is also home to the Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours which provides access to 2,400 acres (9.7 km2) of backcountry skiing.

Ski Cooper markets itself as a family resort because of its affordability and accessibility. It is among the most affordable ski areas in the state, second to only Howelsen Hill.[3] An all day lift ticket cost $46.00 in the 2012/13 ski season.[4] It has ample beginner and intermediate terrain and all-natural snow.[5] Ski Cooper also has glade and tree skiing areas, and began to offer mogul skiing terrain in the 2012/13 ski season.[6] Many people note that the lift lines are shorter than larger nearby ski resorts.[7]


  1. ^ Jason Blevins (12 December 2010). "Debate rages over revamping Ski Cooper". The Denver Post. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Districts(USDA FS)". Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Colorado Lift Ticket Prices". Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Affordable Lift Tickets". Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mountain Stats". Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ski Cooper Home Page". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ski Cooper First Hand Ski Reports". Retrieved 23 August 2011. 

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