Ski Cooper: The Locals’ Mountain

Enjoy super soft, all-natural snow at Ski Cooper, Leadville’s hometown mountain. The trees on this historic ski mountain were first cut by Colorado’s 10th Mt. Division, which used Tennessee Pass’s mountainside as a training ground. Today, Ski Cooper is one of the oldest ski resorts in the U.S. and arguably one of Colorado’s hidden gems.

With an average of 260 inches of fresh snow each year, this down-to-earth, crowd-free resort offers skiers and snowboarders days of wide, powder-filled trails. Though it’s small, with just 480 acres of terrain and five lifts servicing 62 trails, Ski Cooper exudes old school charm. It’s been said to exhibit what Colorado’s larger ski resorts were once like before becoming the giants they are today.

Just ten miles north of Leadville, experience authentic Colorado skiing without the hustle and bustle. Enjoy an awesome family atmosphere, an après ski pint at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub, or a backcountry dinner at Tennessee Pass Cookhouse. For skiers and snowboarders looking to avoid high lift ticket prices, crowded bases, and the excessive frills of larger ski resorts, Ski Cooper is the place to be.

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