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Ski Cooper, Leadville

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Ski Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Ski Cooper is an alpine ski resort in Colorado, one of the oldest in the state. Opened as Cooper Hill Ski Area 79 years ago in 1941, it now has two chairlifts (double and triple), two t-bars, and one magic carpet conveyor lift. Cooper is located at Tennessee Pass, at the dividing line between the San Isabel National Forest 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. An all day lift ticket at Ski Cooper cost $39.00 (Adult) during the 2015/16 ski season and is $62 for a full day ticket during the 2019/20 season. It has ample beginner and intermediate terrain and all-natural snow. Ski Cooper also has glade and tree skiing areas, and began to offer mogul skiing terrain in the 2012/13 ski season. Many people note that the lift lines are shorter than larger nearby ski resorts.
Ski Cooper has also been known to host Ski & Snowboard Cross NorAm level races, with the most recent being in February 2019.
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  • Visited Ski Cooper after a day of lessons at Vail and couldn’t have picked a better place to practice and regain some confidence in my skiing skills. Folks were really friendly and helpful and the...  more »
  • As someone who grew up skiing Breck, Keystone and Copper, I was pretty hesitant when friends insisted we try Ski Cooper for our kids first outings on skis. The price was truly incredible, the crowds.....  more »
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  • As a newbie to skiing, I have to say I enjoyed this place. There was a nice small slope which helped me actually learn how to ski, then hours later, I struggled on a bigger slope. The slopes are kept well and are really nice. I recommend this for anyone, if you're good at skiing or have no interest, which I did when I first started, I recommend you visit this place.
  • Total local yokel mountain. Great runs, family friendly, great staff and history. Skip those other mountains and go here and enjoy spending time with those you love doing something you all love.

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