That slight dusting in town brings winter into focus. And in these parts that means Ski Cooper, or more simply “Cooper”, which is part of the 2015-16 rebranding vision that Leadville and the industry will see for the “Ski and Ride” area, located a few miles north of town.
For now, Cooper fans should put a big, red circle around this coming Saturday, Oct. 24 because there is a full day of activities planned out at the Cooper Base Lodge.
First, if you know anyone looking for a great winter job, then point them toward Cooper for their annual job far from 9 a.m. to high noon this Saturday. There will be a number of different positions and areas of operation that Ski Cooper will be hiring for the 2015-16 season, including lift operators, to food service to race development. Of course, applicants can check out the complete list of job openings, as well as apply online, at ski cooper.com.
Second, the Annual Cooper Community Meeting will take place that same day – October 24 – from 1 – 3 p.m. upstairs at the Lodge. Chairman of the Board John Clapper and President/GM Dan Torsell will make presentations, and refreshments will be provided. It’s always a great opportunity to get up-to-date on the “state of Cooper” and to enjoy a bit of socializing.
“I’m very excited for the upcoming season,” said Torsell in a statement to Leadville Today. “We’re looking forward to unveiling some of our creative improvements and remodels, and we’ve got our fingers crossed that the good El Nino forecasts pan out, because it could turn out to be one of the best snow years in a long time!”
One of those improvements involves an expansion to Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub. A new door will lead from the pub out to the deck, where wind-screening panels and umbrella heaters will allow Cooper guests to enjoy a drink and a bite under Colorado’s bluebird skies!
Another off-season project has included remodeling the lodge restrooms. This project is long overdue, because as anyone in the hospitality industry will tell you, clean and comfortable restrooms always make the guests experience a little better.
Forest Service Seeking Motorized Special Use Permitees
This one’s for all you off-road guides and ATV rentals businesses. The South Platte, South Park and Salida Ranger Districts of the Pike, including San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) have issued a prospectus seeking interested parties to provide motorized special use services such as guided ATV and motorcycle rides, or equipment rentals. The successful applicant(s) will be issued special use permits to provide these activities for PSICC visitors.
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) conducted a needs assessment and capacity analysis for guided OHV use in 2015. It was determined that there is a need and capacity for outfitters who wish to provide a guided service.
The prospectus and instructions for submitting a proposal may be found on the Forest Service website under “Quick Links.” Responses are due by 4:30 p.m. MST on November 20, 2015 at the PSICC Supervisor’s Office, 2840 Kachina Dr., Pueblo, CO 81008.
A team of specialists will review the proposals using a set of evaluation criteria which can be found in the prospectus. They will make recommendations on which applications should be accepted. The review and rating procedures used by the selection specialists may also be found in the prospectus.
For additional information, contact: Neal Weierbach, Recreation Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-553-1510.