Ski Cooper, Colorado

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Ski Cooper in Colorado and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Ski Cooper is a ski and snowboard area located near Leadville, Colorado. Ski Cooper and Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours are located in Colorado at the dividing line between the San Isabel National Forest and the […]

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Ski Cooper in Colorado and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Ski Cooper is a ski and snowboard area located near Leadville, Colorado. Ski Cooper and Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours are located in Colorado at the dividing line between the San Isabel National Forest and the White River National Forest along the Tennessee Pass. Long before the emergence of Ski Cooper, this area was known as a gold and silver region, and in 1859 during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, Placer Gold was found near the town of Oro City. As the gold rush declined, silver was gaining attention and when mine owners, Horace Tabor and August Meyer started the Colorado Silver Boom, the City of Leadville, Colorado emerged due to its proximity to the silver deposits. Leadville is now considered the highest incorporated city in the US and one of Colorado’s most unique mining towns. Fast-forward to 1941 and the opening of Cooper Hill Ski Area, which was an initiative of the United States Government and created to act as a training ground for the militaries 10th Mountain Division, which was located at nearby Camp Hale. The 10th Mountain Division received specialized training for mountain and arctic conditions in preparation to fight in the rough terrain of the mountains of Italy during the Second World War. Ski Cooper still hosts an annual event in memory of the 10th Mountain Division and its connection to the mountain. As the mountain evolved so did the name. At Ski Cooper, you will find an authentic, family-friendly environment that is affordable for everyone to enjoy a day of skiing or snowboarding.

On the Slopes

  • Ski Cooper has the great fortune of having two sides, West facing (front) slope and North facing slope, that offer approximately 39 trails, spanning 400 lift-served acres. The terrain is almost evenly divided between beginner, intermediate and advanced runs. Whether it’s the beginner trails of 10th Mountain, the intermediate runs of Trails End or the advanced runs of Nightmare and Blarney’s Stone, Ski Cooper offers chairlift access to all, making great skiing accessible to all ability levels. Ski Cooper also hosts a Terrain Park on the front-side near the run of Molly Mayfield.
  • If you are looking to try something out of the ordinary, Ski Cooper is also home to Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours. This hidden gem offers access to over 2600 acres of backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Chicago Ridge is where you will discover; with the assistance of a guide, open bowls, glades and perfect powder stashes. Reservations are recommended by calling 1-800-707-6114.
  • Although Ski Cooper is a quaint and cozy area for families, you will be surprised at the number of quality lessons and programs available at the Cooper Ski and Ride School. They offer skiing, snowboarding and Telemark lessons for all ages. There are the Panda Cubs (age 4), Panda Patrol (age 5-12) plus Multi-week programs for children, as well a private lessons. Adult lessons include group, private and special clinics to either get you on snow or keep you there.
  • At Ski Cooper, there are several choices for food and beverage starting with the cafeteria, which offers a good selection of favourites for the entire family to enjoy. Then there is Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub where old and new friends meet to sit and relax and share a story about their day on the slopes.

Off the Slopes

  • While there is no on-mountain accommodation at Ski Cooper, Downtown Leadville provides many options for lodging, including hotels/motels, bed and breakfast, vacation rentals, cabins, condos, and yurts. When staying in Leadville there are many stores to discover including antique shops, bike and ski shops, bookstores, as well as the mining museum and galleries featuring local artists plus much more.
  • The Victorian-style layout of downtown Leadville, Colorado provides a great vibe for relaxing and exploring. Here you’ll find many dining choices including Mexican, Italian, American or a Steak House. You will even discover breweries, taverns, pizza, sandwich shops and bars to compliment the list.
  • Snowflakes Retail Shop located at the base of Ski Cooper can help to make your day on the slopes more comfortable. They have a good selection of Logo wear, gloves, hats, goggles, helmets, souvenirs and much more.
  • Also located at the base of Ski Cooper is a Children’s Center that offers a day care facility for children ages 3 to 7 years. Parents can be comfortable knowing their children are well taken care of while they enjoy the slopes and spend a little quality time together.
  • When you are looking to take a break from the slopes, there are several activities available in the area. Starting with a scenic two-hour sightseeing tours on Chicago Ridge, that on a clear day offer magnificent views of Mt Elbert and Mt Massive. Reservations are recommended. Next, there is Tennessee Pass Nordic Center located just at the entrance road to Ski Cooper. It offers over 16mi/25km of groomed trails for classic XC, skate ski and stable touring skis. Cross-Country lessons and rentals are available and snowshoeing is also an option.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1200 ft / 366 m

Base Elevation:
10500 ft / 3200 m

Summit Elevation:
11700 ft / 3566 m

Skiable Area:
400 acres

Average Snowfall:
260 in / 660 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 39

Beginner: 11 (28%)

Intermediate: 14 (36%)

Advanced: 14 (36%)

Expert: 0 (0%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 1

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: No

Adaptive Ski Programs: No

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Eagle County CO , 53mi / 85km

Nearest Major City:
Denver CO, 108mi / 174km

Nearest Town/City:
Leadville CO, 11mi / 18km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 9 to Apr 8

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 4

Triple Chairs: 1

Double Chairs: 1

Surface Lifts: 2


Mountainside: No

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Eagle County Airport  (EGE)
Distance: 53 mi / 85 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Denver Intl Airport  (DEN)
Distance: 132 mi / 213 km
Ranking: Least Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-707-6114

Direct Phone: 719-486-2277

Snow Phone: 719-486-2277

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site