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Suprisingly good weekend (take 2)

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Let's try this again.

Some of you may remember a friend of mine nearly lost an eye last year while skiing the trees at Mary Jane. It was quite an awakening and caused me to rethink what and how I ski.

This year this same friend and I were not able to make the first trip out till Jan 2nd. The plan was to hit A-Basin Friday and then Loveland Saturday. Since I was unsure of the quality of the snow at A-basin, and was not sure how timid my friend would be as it was the first time since the accident and he had limited vision, we decided to get away from the crowds and try out Ski Cooper on Friday. Mr. Vertical's TR helped us make this decision.

Neither of us had been to Ski Cooper before, but knew we were not going to be treated to any "extreme" terrain; were weren't expecting it. We left early and hit the parking lot at 8:30, it was nearly empty. We thought the place seemed deserted, but some of the locals informed us it was busy as there was a 2 minute wait for the triple lift!

The terrain was to be expected. The snow was good packed powder. We spent most of the day under the triple lift. There were a couple of black runs that would probably rate blue, or blue/black at most places I have skied.

The "crowded" slopes of Cooper.












The second day we had planned to hit Loveland. However, we ran into some serious traffic on the way back Friday (big surprise). We made an executive decision to go to Eldora Saturday and aviod I-70. It had been years since I skied Eldora. We waited till 8am to leave Denver, and still parked about 30 feet from the Indian Peaks Lodge! The snow was not perfect, or fresh, but decent. There was some good terrain not yet open. We spent most of the day under the Corona Lift, and on Ambush under the Indian Peaks lift.

The trip was not at all what I had planned, but a very pleasant surprise. The weather was perfect both days. It ws a great first weekend!

A snowboarder sliding down Ambush



The top of Ambush




Six or seven empty chairs in front of us. It was like this all day



A beautiful view

post #2 of 6
Those pics look beautiful! Must've been a gorgeous day. So how was your and your friend's skiing? How'd you guys feel at the end of the day? From the pics Cooper looks like a fantastic area to get some really good technique work in.
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Those pics look beautiful! Must've been a gorgeous day. So how was your and your friend's skiing? How'd you guys feel at the end of the day? From the pics Cooper looks like a fantastic area to get some really good technique work in.
His skiing was extremely timid at first, but that was to be expected. as the two days progressed, he built up more confidence. However, he has one eye that is not usable at this point and he is learning to live with that limitation.

Cooper would be a great place to work on technique. We hoped to make a few nastar runs after reading Mr. Vert's review, but it was closed due to some other racing event. There nastar course looked to be on a slope with a nice pitch.
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Interesting this Ski Cooper. Falling under the header great coincidence; Betsy and I were following Mr. Vertical just last week on Hwy 24 from Leadville on the way to Beaver Creek when we passed the entrance to Ski Cooper. Some stunning views looking from 24 towards the Ski Cooper expanse early on a sunny morning. All these years and we’ve never skied that terrain Now that we know where the front door is…like you…we’ll have to visit this season. Thanks for the report.
http://www.skicooper.com/the-mountain-c2.html
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Nice report,
Glad a good time was had! Always a nice change of pace when you hit one of the small areas!
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Interesting this Ski Cooper. Falling under the header great coincidence; Betsy and I were following Mr. Vertical just last week on Hwy 24 from Leadville on the way to Beaver Creek when we passed the entrance to Ski Cooper. Some stunning views looking from 24 towards the Ski Cooper expanse early on a sunny morning. All these years and we’ve never skied that terrain Now that we know where the front door is…like you…we’ll have to visit this season. Thanks for the report.
http://www.skicooper.com/the-mountain-c2.html
I think Ski Cooper is the best place for trying something thing new
like tele, or snowboarding if you Alpine-the vibe is as mellow as the terrain-tried snowboarding here when I lived in Leadville.

Brought my Alpine gear on a powder day and it wasn't really steep enough to link turns-

next time I was humbled as a first time snowboarder

If they put a chair up on Chicago Ridge that would be something

also I cannot imagine a better place to bring a family of beginners/intermediates-great scenery,soft snow (no man made), expansive wide gentle runs w/ a few trees to explore
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