Latest News – April 2

Ski Cooper’s Slope Season Ends with a Beach Bang


Carving it out at Ski Cooper. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.





As Leadville and Lake County break free of a six-month-long winter, what is known as “mud season”appears, literally! Snow melts, ski resorts close, and the Spring Break crowds thin, while locals deal with the day-to-day lottery of snow or sunshine.

The Farmer’s Almanac calls for a drier spring than usual, but that doesn’t mean the Highest City in America won’t get another snowstorm–or if Mother Nature determines, thunderstorm–before summer brings its vacationers and racers in June. 

Ski Cooper, the star of Lake County skiing. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today

Lake County’s token ski hill, Ski Cooper, marks its closing day one week from today on Sunday, Apr. 9, giving skiers and boarders a full seven days to enjoy the slopes at Tennessee Pass. Here’s whatguests can expect in the final week of the 2016/2017 season:

From April 3 – 9 is “$25 Days” week-long Beach Party. After all, highs in the mid-forties is just about tropical at 10,000 feet. The tradition is characterized by beach tunes and beach drink specials at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub. The fun builds with guests in “gaper” attire for which a costume contest will be held, awarding a 4-day pass for the 2017/2018 season to the winner. 

Ski Cooper’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be this Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m. – Sharp! Thank You Easter Bunny!

On Saturday, Apr. 8, the annual Easter Egg Hunt is set to begin at 9 a.m. sharp. Little ones up to age 15 can come out onto the hill and search for prize-filled eggs in Cooper Castle. Who doesn’t love a good hunt, especially when three eggs hold 2017/2018 season passes?

Kiddos should be sure to bring their own baskets to collect their findings. Don’t be late, because in a town of little rock-hunters and miners, veins will probably tap out quick!

Also on Saturday, young adults intent on entering the skiing workforce are encouraged to come out for Spring Fling Instructor Training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ever thought about going to work on the mountain, or passing on the knowledge of skiing? This is a chance to learn about what it takes to be an instructor at Ski Cooper, and also a good opportunity to meet the right people to bag a gig at Ski Cooper next season. Anyone ages 16 and up with their own gear are welcome to register; lunch and lift ticket on the Ski Cooper house account! Call 719-293-8143 to register by Thursday, Apr. 6. 

Ski Cooper supports live music and local musicians like George Finnell who plays this Thursday at Katie O’Rourke’s in the ski lodge. Photo: Ski Cooper Facebook.

Live music is booked out at Katie O’Rourke’s, the Irish pub at the base of the mountain, until April 9. On Thursday, slated to play “Après Ski” are locals and 24 West alumnus George Finnel and Sam Galey. On Saturday its Denver-born Katie Rae with original acoustic folk songs. And finally on closing day, local legends Pitch Black Jazz will play out the final hours of the season. 

Seven days left to ski your heart out at the best kept secret resort, Ski Cooper/Chicago Ridge, where lines are non-existent and runs of fresh corduroy are yours to carve first. Make it a memorable close to another great season, this week! 

Ski Cooper is located just ten miles north of Leadville on US 24 at Tennessee Pass. Get in touch by visiting their website, Facebook, or by calling 800-707-6114.

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