Latest News – March 30

Cooper’s Final Hurrah: Cottontails and $25 Days!

As the 2014-25 ski season starts to wind down, Ski Cooper winds up the deals and fun for its last week of the season. Leadville’s ski mountain will close on Sunday, April 5.

There's only ONE WEEK LEFT in the 2014-15 Ski Cooper season. But lots of fun planned!. Photo: Claire Benton.

There’s only ONE WEEK LEFT in the 2014-15 Ski Cooper season. But lots of fun planned!. Photo: Claire Benton

But starting today, (March 30) thru April 5, Ski Cooper is offering $25 lift tickets (adult, child, senior). Spring s conditions are nearly perfect with sunny days in between several inches of fresh snow, which is exactly what the forecast calls for the next several days.

$25 tickets are available at the ticket window or online HERE

Ski Cooper also has a lineup of great live music to close out the season. All performance are approximate 2 p.m. – closing:

  • Thursday, 3/26 – Katie Rae
  • Saturday, 3/28 – Katie Rae
  • Thursday, 4/2 – Pete Albrecht
  • Saturday, 4/4 – Jazz Trio (piano, bass, sax)

 

And, of course, remember to bring the kids for Cooper’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, starting promptly at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 4!

Ski Cooper's Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be this Saturday, April 4 at 9 a.m. - Sharp! Thank You Easter Bunny!

Ski Cooper’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be this Saturday, April 4 at 9 a.m. – Sharp! Thank You Easter Bunny! Photo: Leadville Today.

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SOS is Changing Kids’ Lives One Ski Run at a Time

SOS Outreach is a national youth development non-profit which utilizes adventure sports to engage at-risk students in long-term mentorship relationships. The SOS curriculum encourages responsibility, self-confidence, service, and leadership skills by instilling five core values: courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, and compassion. Since 1993, we have inspired positive decision making for healthy and successful lives.

SOS Youth skiers in SOS Programs at Ski Cooper. Photo: SOS Outreach.

SOS Youth skiers in SOS Programs at Ski Cooper. Photo: SOS Outreach.

This year, thirty kids from Lake County got to take advantage of the program thanks to generous contributions. Now here’s a way you can help at-risk youth, a fundraiser you can really sink your teeth into:  Yo Quiero Taco Bell.

That’s right,  Taco Bell and SOS Outreach have created an SOS Scholarship Fund that you can donate to the next time you’re at any of the Taco Bell locations in Eagle, Frisco, Glenwood Springs, and Rifle. From April 1 – 15, round your Taco Bell purchases up to the next dollar, and your donation will be added directly to the Scholarship Fund, plus Taco Bell will match your gift up to $3,000!

Every $180 dollars raised will enroll one at-risk child in SOS Outreach’s youth development programs for a whole year. Every child you help participate in SOS will get an adult mentor, learn how to snowboard, do service in the community, and learn about leadership, all thanks to your donations.

SOS operates at 37 winter resorts in 11 states, and serves over 5,000 at-risk youth annually over 20,000 program days. Learn more by visiting their website: www.sosoutreach.org .

SOS operates at 37 winter resorts in 11 states, including Ski Cooper, near Leadville, Colorado. Photo: SOS Outeach

SOS operates at 37 winter resorts in 11 states, including Ski Cooper, near Leadville, Colorado. Photo: SOS Outeach

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Ski Cooper Requests To Build on National Forest

The following information was distributed by Forest Service Recreation Planner Michelle Mueggler with Leadville Ranger District.

See You Next Season!

Ski Cooper requests to build on forest land.

The Leadville Ranger District of the Pike and San Isabel National Forest is accepting comments on a proposal to build a 14 foot by 18 foot wooden race start building at Ski Cooper on the edge of Piney trail, located in Eagle County, Colorado. The specific location is the W1/2 Sec. 13, T8S, R80W.

Ski Cooper straddles the Continental Divide, with the portion to the south of the divide within the San Isabel National Forest, and the portion to the north of the divide within the White River National Forest.  The proposed Piney Race Start Building would be located on the White River NF side of the divide. The Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) administers the Winter Recreation Resort special use permit that covers the entire Ski Cooper operation, and will be taking the lead on this project. 

Ski Cooper has been staging slalom races on Piney trail for a number of years because the pitch of Piney is ideal for slalom racing, however, there never has been a building to base operations out of for racing events.  In 2015, Ski Cooper is adding more slalom races to their event schedule and hopes to improve the experience for racers, staff, and event coordinators in the future. The new building would provide a reasonable environment for timers and officials and would allow for the staging of race equipment and timing equipment, thereby decreasing the amount of snowmobile traffic to the finish area.Obit_Spacer_ThinSkiCooper_trailmap

Obit_Spacer_ThinDuring the summer of 2015, a 14’x18’ wood race building would be constructed on concrete pads along Piney trail in an area that has been disturbed with utility lines. The exterior finish of the building would be wood siding with a brown finish to match other buildings at the ski area. The site is adjacent to an administrative service road which would allow easy access for bringing in building materials.  A backhoe would be used to bury approximately 200 feet of electrical cables from the proposed Piney Race Building site to an existing power pole west of the building site. Concrete will be mixed by hand for the pads and no other ground disturbance would occur outside of the building footprint and the buried electrical cables. A vicinity map and a site map are available online: HERE.                       

The Forest Service will use comments received to identify any concerns about the proposed activities and to conduct the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis. The project is consistent with categorical exclusion 36 CFR 220.6(e)(3) Approval, modification, or continuation of minor specials uses of NFS lands that require less than five acres of land, which will be documented in a Decision Memo. It is expected there would not be any significant individual or cumulative effects to resources from the proposed activities. The Decision Memo will not be subject to administrative appeal.

The President’s council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations at 40 CFR 1503.1 (a)(4) require that agencies request comments from the public. This opportunity to comment provides the public an opportunity to provide meaningful input prior to the decision on projects and activities related to implementing land and resource management plans.

Please be as specific as possible in expressing your comments so they can be effectively addressed. Comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for this project, and will be available for public inspection. Comments may be submitted by email in word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), or portable document format (.pdf) to mlmueggler@fs.fed.us. Alternatively, written comments may be submitted to: Leadville Ranger District, Attn: Michelle Mueggler, 810 Front Street, Leadville, CO 80461.

The comment period ends April 17, 2015. For more information contact Michelle Mueggler at (719) 486-0749.

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