Ski Cooper opens for season Friday with all-natural snow |

Ski Cooper opens for season Friday with all-natural snow

Ski Cooper will open Friday, Nov. 28, for the 2014-2015 season with all natural snow. The ski area is located between Copper Mountain Resort and Leadville.
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Ski Cooper will open to downhill skiers and riders for the season on Friday, Nov. 28, more than two weeks ahead of schedule.

Heavy snow this month provided Ski Cooper with a 20-inch midmountain base, and all of the ski area’s runs and lifts will open Friday with all-natural snow.

The resort will be open Nov. 29 and 30 as well as Dec. 6 and 7. From Dec. 13 to April 5, the ski area will be open every day.

New this year, Ski Cooper has entered into a partnership with the USA Snowboard Association and the U.S. Ski Association to bring a Boardercross/Skiercross (SBX/SX) training and competition venue to the mountain.

Other enhancements include new rental equipment and the renovation of the lounge into Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub.

Ski Cooper, known for being one of the most affordable ski areas in Colorado, welcomes people of all ages and abilities. Full-day lift tickets are $48 for adults and $30 for kids ages 6 to 14, with senior and military discounts available.

First-time skiers and boarders can take advantage of package deals. One package includes one lesson, gear rental and a Magic Carpet lift ticket for $63. Another deal includes three lessons, gear rental and a season pass for $285. Ski Cooper’s Ski School also offers private and group lessons for kids and women-only clinics.

Also new this year, Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours will offer sightseeing trips on weekends and holidays that depart from the Lodge at Ski Cooper and venture up to the ridge to see the backcountry views.

In its 25th year, the tour operation provides access in heated snowcats to backcountry terrain in the San Isabel and White River national forests. Tours include a lunch in a heated yurt, and participants average 10 to 12 runs a day through deep powder, open bowls, steep runs and tree glades.


In nearby Leadville, the holiday festivities will kick off Saturday, Dec. 6, with the annual Parade of Lights through downtown.

The theme of this year’s parade is “A Caroling We Will Go,” and floats will depict a variety of popular holiday tunes as they parade down Harrison Avenue at 5:30 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride in the parade to the Lake County Courthouse, where they will visit with kids, listen to Christmas wish lists and pose for photos. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available.

The historic town’s cross-country skiing centers, ice rink, sledding and tubing hill, snowmobiling and zip lining tour company, museum, art galleries and shops are also gearing up to welcome visitors for the winter season.

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