Plummeting Temps, Foot of Snow Greet Leadville Today
Have you drawn the curtains yet? Have you taken a look outside in Leadville Today? Yes, that’s snow and lots of it, with more than a foot accumulating in some area of Lake County overnight.
Yesterday’s plummeting temperatures ushered in snow, measured in impressive inches this time around. And while the extended forecast highlighting snow storms throughout the weekend means additional shoveling and plowing chores, there’s one Lake County business that is doing the happy dance: Ski Cooper Opens on Saturday!
Cooper Opens Daily for Season on Saturday, Dec. 10
Ski Cooper opens for daily operations this Saturday, Dec. 10, officially kicking off the 2016/17 season. While the snow was slow in coming this season, “It’s here in full-force now!” reported Cooper’s Director of Marketing Patrick Torsell.
“We’ve been working diligently to get the mountain in great shape for opening day on Saturday! We could still use a bit more snow to smooth things out, so keep those snow dances going!”
The good news is, snow is in the forecast for several days this week, so hopefully Leadville’s ski hill will see another 6-10″ before Saturday. Conditions should be looking pretty good when the first chairlift makes it’s way up old Cooper Hill for the 2016/17 season. If you missed Ski Cooper’s Annual Community Meeting report, you can find the Leadville Today story HERE.
A reminder that Cooper’s XP Pass sale ends this Friday, Dec. 9, so get it while the getting’s good. The XP is the 4-day no-restrictions, no-blackouts, non-transferable pass offered for a limited time for just $109 (that’s only $27.25/day). This is your last chance! With the holidays approaching, keep in mind than an XP Pass makes an awesome gift for a family member or friend who loves to ski!
In other slope news, musician Todd Johnson will be playing Après Ski from 3 – 5 p.m. at Katie O’Rourke’s Pub for Ski Cooper’s Opening Day on Saturday, Dec. 10. After a great first day on the slopes, come and hear “a bluesy combination of modern and classic folk rock, reggae, including the country classics everyone knows and loves.” Johnson’s style blends all of these with his own personal infusion to each and every audience. Enjoy a Apres Ski beverage at Katie’s and relax with a wonderful mix of tunes!
Tennessee Pass Snowshoe Course Set for Saturday
The Pedal Power Winter Race Series will kick off this Saturday with the Tennessee Pass Kickoff Classic 5 mile Snowshoe Race. The starting gun sounds at 10 a.m. on December 10 out at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center. The center is located out at Ski Cooper on Highway 24 North between Minturn and Leadville.
Now in its 19th year, the Tennessee Pass 5-Miler Kickoff Classic is one of the oldest races in the series. Racers should be prepared for a generous mix of challenging uphills and gentle downhills that wend their way along interconnected nordic and biking trails through the pine forests and meadows that blanket this scenic pass straddling the Continental Divide.
The Tennessee Pass venue is one of the most anticipated of the winter race season. Because of the challenge and variety of terrain, along with the recent snows providing for perfect snow conditions, it is considered one of the premier snowshoe courses in the country, attracting some of the top local, regional and national nordic and endurance competitors.
The Pedal Power Snowshoe Series is the oldest established competitive snowshoe race series in the region as well as the only completely non-profit event of its kind, with all proceeds from the popular race series benefitting local charities.
The next event in the Winter Race Series will be the Pazzo’s/K.O. Eagle-Vail Holiday 5K/10K Snowshoe race. That race will take place on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the The Eagle-Vail Golf Course Pavilion.
Registration is $20. Participants can pre-register directly online at pedalpowerbike.com or with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931. Participants may also register ($25) on the day of the event at the race start.
For more information and a complete series schedule, go to pedalpowerbike.com or call or stop by Pedal Power, on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail, at 970-845-0931.
Series of Snow Storms in Extended Forecast