Latest News – March 1

SKI NEWS: Alpine, Nordic, Joring

Spring Break Skiing: Cooper’s . . . Best. Deal. Ever.

March is underway and with it, news of Spring Break visitors, along with the ski deals and packages. Everybody seems to be planning a trip this time of year. And if yours includes taking in some skiing or boarding on some of the best NATURAL snow the Rocky Mountains has to offer, then check out Ski Cooper’s Best. Deal. Ever.5Friday

Come on up to Cooper on this Friday, March 6 and ski all day for just $5! Adults, kids, seniors… all just $5 for a full-day lift ticket.

You won’t find a better deal, so make sure to get head up to Leadville next Friday and spend the day on the slopes at Cooper! What are you waiting for? Buy lift tickets now!

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Tenth Mountain Division Veterans and other skiers mark the annual celebration of these special soldiers with a Ski-In at Ski Cooper, near Leadville. Photo: Terri Gooch.

Tenth Mountain Division Veterans and other skiers mark the annual celebration of these special soldiers with a Ski-In at Ski Cooper, near Leadville. Photo: Terri Gooch.

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Teach Your Children Well: Children Will Excel

By Terri Gooch, Ski Cooper Instructor

Ski Cooper Instructor Terri Gooch

Ski Cooper Instructor Terri Gooch

As a children’s ski instructor, the greatest reward I receive from teaching the little people is watching them break through barriers. It is a joy to watch them go from wanting to give up in the first hour, to being proud and excited that they learned how to ski. They not only learned how to ski, but they boosted their confidence and had tons of fun.

At the end of every lesson, they are always eager to show off their super skiing abilities to their parents, who are beyond proud of their children. Usually, these children are eager to ski again, because skiing is fun and makes them feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, some children are not always able to break through the barriers holding them back. In my experience as a children’s ski instructor, the biggest barrier to a child’s growth is their parents. A ten-year old girl was ready to give up after an hour, even though she was doing great. Her parents told her that if she didn’t like skiing after one hour, she could quit. She was ready to give up exactly one hour into what was an all-day lesson. Somehow, I convinced her to spend the day with me. Her older sister on the other hand, gave up exactly one hour into her lesson and sat in the lodge all day.

Teach Your Children Well: Children Will Excel. Photo: Terri Gooch/LeadvilleToday

Teach Your Children Well: Children Will Excel. Photo: Terri Gooch/LeadvilleToday

Instead of giving your children permission to quit, feed their confidence with reasons to try and have fun learning. Children are far more open to learning when their parents give them space and allow them the freedom to grow. I have heard children screaming at their parents to go away during a lesson. I have seen a child go from skiing to a complete halt when his mom showed up to take photos. I can tell you from experience, that given the opportunity, children will excel.

At Ski Cooper, where I instruct, we have a learn to ski program for a local pre-school of four and five year old children. Twice a week for a month they come for ski lessons; before we all ride up in a snow cat to the top of the mountain and ski down. The children are chaperoned by school teachers and parents, who are asked to keep their distance from the children during the lessons. It is an amazing sight to behold riding up in the snow cat and guiding twenty young children down the mountain. They made it to the top…and this is my reward!

Ski Cooper Instructor Terri Gooch (far left) poses with some little skiers after another successful learning and turning day on the slopes. Photo: Terri Gooch/LeadvilleToday.

Ski Cooper Instructor Terri Gooch (far left) poses with some little skiers after another successful learning and turning day on the slopes. Photo: Terri Gooch.

As a children’s Ski Cooper instructor, it is my passion, purpose, and responsibility to help the little people break through barriers, boost their confidence, and reach greater heights. I am amazed every day by a child’s ability to quickly learn how to ski. It is a joy to watch them having the time of the lives, laughing all the way down the hill.

We must allow our children to be free to grow and reach greater heights and excel in life. Children will excel. 

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It Was Cold, Icy, Windy: The Leadville Loppet 2015

The 12th Annual Leadville Loppet was held last Sunday, Feb. 22 on a cold, icy-snowy kind of day, one that might turn away the more faint-of-heart skinny-ski racer. But not for Leadville locals, their youngens, and quite a good showing of area Nordic notables, as 167 racers participated in the ski competitions, which raise money for the Mineral Belt Trail, a popular multi-use trail which encompasses the city.

A colorful cast of racers takes their mark at the 12th Annual Leadville Loppet 5k Nordic Ski race on Feb. 22. No surprise, from the look on their faces, that the winter weather showed up in a icy-snowy-windy kind of way. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

A colorful cast of racers takes their mark at the 12th Annual Leadville Loppet 5k Nordic Ski race on Feb. 22. No surprise, from the look on their faces, that the winter weather showed up in a icy-snowy-windy kind of way. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

This winter event – which begins and ends up at the college – has 44k, 22k, and 10k competitions, with both classic and freestyle components, as well as a shorter, family-fun 5k; all totaled, 7 races! The inclement weather might have been the reason there was a slight dip in participation this year. But those who showed up made the best of it, with sunshiny smiles and friendly camaraderies that might have been more about staying warm, than embracing your competitor!

Fire arms on a cold winter’s day, at the Leadville Loppet start line. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

Fire arms on a cold winter’s day, at the Leadville Loppet start line. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

Here’s how the day’s races played out; it’s easy to see that the weather was a factor in times.

All the way from Duarngo, Colo., first place in the 44k classic division was Steve Ilg, with a time of 3:46:48, more than one hour over last year’s winning time. Sebastian Neef, Colorado Springs, Colo. (2:28:30) took top prize in the 44k Freestyle class. On the women’s side, Sarah Hochtl took top spot with a 3:15:25 finish time in the 44k Freestyle and Christine Avena was the top female finisher in the classic division with a time of 5:37:44, nearly two hours behind the first place winner.

 The 22k saw Leadvillite Karl Remsen take top place in the Freestyle with a time of 1:19:20; top female finisher in that same category was Sarah Hudelson from Salida coming in at 1:51:45. On the classic side of the course, a Leadville female reigned supreme, as Ruth McGovern came in the top spot at 1:43:50, with second place male racer Bob Orris, of Nathrop about 15 minutes behind at 2:01:18.

When it came to the 10k race, it was Brandon Sheard of Eagle who took top honors in the Freestyle competition at 41:07. Caroline Benney of Leadville was the top female in the same category at 48:50.  As for the 10k Classic, Leadville teacher Jeff Spencer took First Place at 44:28, followed up closely by Leadville student Charlie Koch with a second place time of 49:52. Harper Powell of Salida rounded out the podium and also took top female honors with a time of 53:44.

For complete race results, connect at the Leadville Loppet website.

This classic Loppet photo is almost worth having a Write-The-Caption contest for. "You are what you wear?" Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

This classic Leadville Loppet photo is almost worth having a Write-The-Caption contest. “You are what you wear? You drink what you wear?” Photo: Brennan Ruegg.

And while the bigger races draw in some of the top skate skiers in the area, it’s the Family-Fun 5K that makes the Leadville Loppet one of Leadville’s top winter events. The 5K podium winners – all from Leadville – were as follows: Nina Schamberger (9 years) with a time of 28:13, Jace Peters (10 years) coming in at 32:50, and third place went to 16-year-old Emma Collins with a 35:06 finish time.

Nothing warms the soul better on a cold Loppet day than the two bright smiles from these Leadville lasses! Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

Nothing warms the soul better on a cold Loppet day than the two bright smiles from these Leadville lasses! Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

As most know, costumes are highly encouraged in this race and prizes given in a number of unique categories. The kids just love this competition and the whole ball of fun is followed by an awards ceremony that offers more homemade soups, chilis and desserts, than you’ll likely to see in one Lake County gathering.

The Leadville Loppet is a fundraiser for the Mineral Belt Trail, but additionally, the event serves to celebrate winter recreation in Lake County.  What better a way than to host a Nordic event?! And don’t forget, there are two more Nordic events scheduled over weekend: the Nordic Sprints on Harrison and the Paintball Biathlon – LINK

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