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.