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Ski Cooper

Ski Cooper's origin goes back to World War II. In 1942, the U.S. Army selected a training site near an isolated railroad stop of Pando, CO. Nearby Camp Hale was built as the training site for the ski troopers of the famed 10th Mountain Division. The Army selected the site because of the availability of rail transportation, its rugged mountainous terrain, and a 250-inch average annual snowfall which assured a six-month-long ski training season at the nearby, 11,700-foot-high Ski Cooper. Following two years of rigorous training, the 10th Mountain Division was ordered to Italy in 1945 to spearhead the advance of the U.S. Fifth Army. In a series of actions that included Riva Ridge and Mt. Belvedere, the 10th Mountain Division breached the supposedly impregnable Gothic Line in the Appenines and secured the Po River Valley to play a vital role in the liberation of northern Italy. By the time of the German surrender in May, 1945, 992 ski troopers had been killed in action and 4,000 wounded, the highest casualty rate of any U.S. Division in the Mediterranean. Following the war, Ski Cooper opened to the public as a backyard ski area for the enjoyment of the local area residents. Today, as a seven-day-per-week ski area with modern lifts and full base facilities Ski Cooper has firmly established itself in a well-defined market niche as an affordable alternative in a region famed for world-class skiing.

Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Total number of lifts
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park1
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run1.4 miles
General-Base elevation10,500'
General-Vertical drop1200'
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access2400 acres by snowcat tour
General-Total area in bounds400 lift served acres
General-Snow making coverage
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: No one is hardly around on a week day

Cons: No one is hardly around on a week day

Ski Cooper was one of the original training grounds for the 10th Mountain Division in World War II.  Many 10th Mtn vets went on to fame opening ski resorts after the war.  Vail and Aspen to name just two.   Cooper was orignally purchased by the County and operated in a way in which benefited the local community.  In fact before the Current Board of Directors took over all children in Lake County got free passes and could ski the hill for free.   


The current Board of Directors took control in 1973 in a non open no bid contract.   All the vendors are awarded non bid contracts and only pay a percentage of gross sales as a lease.   The current 2 page lease expires May 21, 2012.  


Cooper has the potential to become the 4th largest ski area in the state with the addition of a single surface lift to serve the 2400 acres that currently hosts an elite snowcat ski service.  Cat ski trips are available for from $250-$300 depending on time of year.  Lift tickets are quite cheap in addition to lessons.   Please tip workers well as most earn very close to minimum wage and the ski patrol is primarily an unpaid volunteer force.


The current lift served area is 400 acres.   Slopes are not very steep and you wont have to worry about losing control.    If fresh snow has fallen, you will not be able to ski many of the runs due to lack of speed.   This can be good and bad.  If you are learning to ski or are a beginner, this will help you.  If you are ready to advance your skiing , currently you will have to go to another ski area or pay for the snowcat ski trip.   


There is a community action committee forming and working to force the county to put the operation of Ski Cooper out to bid in an open bid process.   If a new operator, board, and officers are awarded the contract, Cooper will more than likely add some really neat opportunities and become a more balanced ski experience.   Alpine slides, and Down Hill Mtn Biking are ideas that have been floated for summer fun.   The addition of a lift to serve Chicago Ridge is an idea that has been floated to improve skier day visits, the skiers experience, and the economy of Lake County.    


Pros: wide open terrain, something for every ski level, easy transition between green, blue and black, personalized lessons

Cons: lifts are slower than other resorts, a little harder to get to, destination only ski area

This was an awesome experience.  Not sure what to expect on our first visit, afraid the lower cost might equal lower experience.


The staff there was great, friendly and very helpful.  There might even have been more employee cars in the parking lot than guest cars.  The lifts are a little slower than the bigger resorts, but we still tracked 17 runs, 20 miles of skiing and 16,000 vertical feet.


We were three strong intermediate skiers and snowboarders and had fun on every run.  The greens provide a little challenge and the blacks were not out of reach either.


Can't wait to get back and snowboard here again!