Ski Cooper, CO: 03/20/17

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Ski Cooper, CO: 03/20/17

After yesterday's near perfect spring day at Loveland, the forecast for today was less promising with partially sunny skies giving way to mostly overcast by late morning. We were thinking of Copper Mountain, but decided that we didn't want to spend $105 per person to ski scratchy snow for most of the day so we drove another 30 minutes to a place I've never seen covered in an online TR.

Heading toward Dillon

Driving Past Copper Mountain

We stopped at Ski Cooper's nearby hometown, Leadville, and walked around for a bit.

Lots of Mining Ephemera

Nice Backdrop

An Unfortunately-Named Gas Station Chain

A Mural of the 10th Mountain Division

Ski Cooper is a small ski area with 1,200 vertical feet and a friendly community feel.

There are signs all over the property about how the famed 10th Mountain Division trained at Cooper Hill before being deployed in the Alps during WWII.

We were surprised to find quite a few cars in the parking lot on a Monday, all families/mostly beginners, for which Cooper is perfectly suited. Despite the overcast skies, the snow softened up nicely by 11 am and was really nice for high-speed cruising through the trees. My wife and I both mentioned that Cooper felt on a few levels (terrain, views)  like a smaller Colorado version of New Mexico's Angel Fire, but with no onsite hotels.

A Touch of Switzerland in Colorado

We had a nice lunch in the Irish pub in the lodge

In short: a very pleasant family ski hill. Perfect if you have younger kids or lower-level skiers (our son would've loved it). Not necessarily worth checking out for stronger skiers.

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Re: Ski Cooper, CO: 03/20/17

Looks like a great place to take your wife..I dig the look of the town, very Butch Cassidy like..

"Peace and Love"
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Re: Ski Cooper, CO: 03/20/17

Coach Z
The real draw for experts is the Cat skiing up on the Continental Divide.  It's reasonable priced (for Cat Skiing) and great terrain with some big bowls and good trees.

"It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport."
Artic Explorer Fridtjof Nansen
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Re: Ski Cooper, CO: 03/20/17

Cat-skiing was the original goal of the visit but with the recent lack of new snow and the spring cycle, that was off the table. They're supposed to get snow next week.