Ski Cooper

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Ski Cooper
Ski Cooper Looking SE
Ski Cooper Looking SE
Ski Cooper is located in Colorado
Ski Cooper
Ski Cooper
Location in Colorado
Ski Cooper is located in the United States
Ski Cooper
Ski Cooper
Ski Cooper (the United States)
LocationEagle / Lake counties, Colorado, USA
Nearest cityLeadville, Colorado
Coordinates39°21′36″N 106°18′07″W / 39.360°N 106.302°W / 39.360; -106.302Coordinates: 39°21′36″N 106°18′07″W / 39.360°N 106.302°W / 39.360; -106.302
Vertical1,200 feet (366 m)
Top elevation11,700 feet (3,566 m)
Base elevation10,500 feet (3,200 m)
Skiable area400 acres (1.6 km2) lift served
2,400 acres (9.7 km2) snowcat served
Runs35 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 31% beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 35% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 34% advanced/expert
Longest runTrails End 1.4 miles (2.3 km)
Lift system1 Triple, 1 Double, 2 Surface
Snowfall250 inches (640 cm)

Ski Cooper is an alpine ski resort in Colorado, one of the oldest in the state. Opened as Cooper Hill Ski Area 78 years ago in 1941,[1] it now has two chairlifts (double and triple), one platter lift, and one magic carpet conveyor lift. Cooper is located at Tennessee Pass, at the dividing line between the San Isabel National Forest[2] and the White River National Forest, near Leadville.

During World War II, Ski Cooper served as the training site for the 10th Mountain Division, based at nearby Camp Hale, 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 in Steamboat Springs.[3] An all day lift ticket at Ski Cooper cost $50.00 during the 2015/16 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]

Ski Cooper has also been known to host Ski & Snowboard Cross NorAm level races, with the most recent being in February 2019.


  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 21 Feb 2016.
  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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