Ski Cooper, Leadville
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Almost your own private mountain. Great snow, fantastic pricing for lift tickets, ski rentals, lessons, etc. No lift lines. No crowds. Family friendly on all levels. Never ski vail or any of the other... read more »
Grew up skiing here when I was a child. I've brought my own children back several times. Its a smaller resort, but we love it. Never seems crowded, employees are great. No artificial snow here.. love ... read more »
We only go to Cooper when we want to have a good time and great skiing or riding. It's a much better experience than waiting in line at the mega resorts and skiing in crowds. The snow is all natural, ... read more »
First time here yesterday and I absolutely loved everything about this place. I'm a beginner skier (I've only been three times) and I'm not really into it yet so spending a lot of money on skiing is a waste for me. Not only is the price terrific, but I loved the small crowd and rustic feel of cooper. it was enjoyable to go down a run without worrying about running into someone or being cut off by someone much more advanced than me. I loved being able to drive right up to the lodge, and not having to wait for a shuttle. The views were breathtaking. Never again will I go to one of those big resorts. Can't wait to go back!
This place is excellent for beginners wanting to save a little money. The lifts were great, the lines were short, and the people were friendly. We came during peak season (days after Christmas), and it was not at all crowded. We didn't wait in line long at all. If you're just learning to ski, this is a great place to visit!!!
This is a very small ski resort, but it's still fun and a great place to practice some basics.
It doesn't have as much to do as Copper Mtn. Or Vail, but it's still a wonderful place to ski. If you go there for the first time, I suggest getting a private lesson for ages 10 and up and Panda patrol for ages 9 and under. Once again, Ski cooper is wonderful. It's a bit of a drive if you stay in Leadville, but it's worth it. Ski Cooper is cheap and it's really good. Cooper is small and it's hard to lose family unless they move around.
We had an extraordinary Saturday at Cooper. Blessed with almost a foot of fine mid-December Colorado powder. With only a handful of patrons to share the slopes we found untracked descents until they closed the lifts. I am a Colorado ex-pat who returns as often as possible. I had never ventured to Cooper Hill but avoiding the crush of the first big snow weekend at Vail seemed like the best strategy. Plus my ski buddy had a cousin who lived in Leadville. The snow was a bonus. My skis, better suited to California hardback proved difficult to keep afloat I went to the rental shop. I especially appreciated the knowledgeable and thoughtful staff in the rental shop who assessed my skiing acumen and the snow and fitted me with a pair of of wider all-mountain boards. The only downside was that my camera managed to escape my shirt pocket some time during the day. I reporter my loss at the service desk thinking about the new camera I would be shopping for. I was regretting not downloading all the photo memories from vacations and a recent grand kids' birthday. Calculating the odds of finding the camera, as next to impossible I accepted the loss. However call from Cooper’s lost and found several days later was the lost sheep had been found and a akin to a miracle. And, the camera worked and memory card were undamaged. Skiing is simpler at Cooper, more like the skiing I remember as a kid growing up in Colorado in the 1950s. On the way back to Dillon, we took a quick tour of Leadville to size up the many nearby lodging options. If I could pick a ski area to introduce my grandkids to skiing, Ski Cooper is the place. It is a welcome relief from the maddening crowds of most other destinations. Based on my interactions with the staff and what the local season pass holder we skied with told me, I expect that all the instructors are first class. After our experience on these gentle slopes I understood that the Army had in fact created the optimal hill to teach skiing during WWII. While Summit County and Vail resorts have also tried to claim the 10th Mountain Division, I felt the spirit of those brave souls at Cooper, just south of plot of now abandoned land where Camp Hale once prepared troops for the hardships of winter war.
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