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Ski Cooper kicks off summer schedule with Mother’s Day brunch

Ski Cooper is cracking into the summer events scene, starting this weekend with a Mother's Day brunch on Sunday.

The lodge will be decked out in white linens for the buffet-style brunch, which chef Scott Camp has been working 'round the clock to prepare for this week.

"We've never done this before, adding events for spring and summer, but we have a great chef who is ready to try something new," said Dana Tyler Johnson, who does marketing at Cooper.

Johnson herself is trying something new at Cooper, which has relied heavily on tradition and word of mouth to drive traffic in the past. This year, Johnson stepped up outreach efforts on the Front Range and in Colorado Springs, and Cooper saw the most skier visits in its 74-year history. Keeping that momentum going through the summer will be a challenge, Johnson says, but they're ready to show guests how beautiful the area can be during the warm seasons.

FRIDAYS ON THE MOUNTAIN

Of course, the warm seasons are not here quite yet. For the Mother's Day kickoff event, Johnson said families will want to dress kids in their winter gear if they're planning on being outside.

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"It's a safe area for kids to run around and have fun, but it's still winter up here now," Johnson said. "There's plenty of snow and a wide open space for kids to play in."

The outdoor patio area at Ski Cooper won't be in play for the Mother's Day brunch, which will be an indoor affair. Harp player Hannah Scott will provide live entertainment for guests, who are encouraged to make a reservation first. Walk-ins are welcome.

The next event at Ski Cooper will be a Father's Day brunch on June 18.

"Then we're going to try to open the restaurant scene up a bit here with a series of themed music and food events," Johnson said of the rest of the summer lineup. A series Cooper is calling Fridays on the Mountain kicks off on July 14 with a seafood menu and jazz music. A children's center will keep kids occupied with movies and activities. The Fridays on the Mountain series will continue through Aug. 4.

TERRAIN EXPANSION

When Ski Cooper reopens for the winter season in December, it will be its 75th year in operation.

Ski Cooper is where the original 10th Mountain Division troopers trained, and those soldiers actually cut many of the runs that are still there today. Every year, 10th Mountain Division troopers return to Cooper for a day of skiing and reflection. For the 75th anniversary, an expanded 10th Mountain Division day is currently in the planning stages.

To celebrate the 75th milestone properly, a birthday party and fireworks are being planned for New Year's Day.

But that will only be the start of the real celebration, which will start the following year when the ski area hopes to have an expansion in place, adding a new lift and opening up the back side of the mountain to skiing and snowboarding.

"We're working the backside expansion now with permitting and planning," Johnson said.

OTHER MOTHER’S DAY HAPPENINGS

Businesses across the valley are helping thank Mom this Mother’s Day, so be sure to get out and spoil her. And while Sunday is the day for all mothers in Eagle County, remember that moms should be appreciated every day for all they do.

Four Seasons — Vail

All moms will receive a complimentary glass of prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries with spa treatments. Four Seasons also has a complimentary child care program, and Flame Restaurant will serve breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (For reservations, call 970-477-8630.)

Choose from one of the following packages at The Spa at Four Seasons: Organic Shea Butter Body Scrub plus 50-minute massage and gift ($180); 50-minute Swedish, sports or advanced therapeutic massage ($125); Alpine Quench facials ($135); or 25 percent off additional services (excluding salon).

Maya and Spa Anjali at The Westin — Avon

Treat Mom to a special Mother’s Day brunch at Maya from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes a chef’s station and build-your-own-omelets as well as a variety of main course options, classic favorites and sweet treats. Cost is $38 for adults or $15 for kids ages 5-12. Call 970-790-5500 for reservations.

Spa Anjali will be offering its May Spa Special: $99 for a 50-minute massage or facial; or $125 for 75 minutes. Call 970-790-3020 to book an appointment.

SKI COOPER MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

Cost: $35 adults, $15 children under 12.

More information: Call 800-707-6114 for reservations or visit skicooper.com.

Savory menu:

Eggs Benedict

Shrimp and Sweet Sausage Boil

Omelet Station

Meat Carving Station (Ham, Turkey, Prime Rib)

Teriyaki Salmon with Sriracha Cream Sauce

Spaghetti Carbonara

Asparagus Gratin

Swedish Meatballs

Biscuits and Gravy

Sweet menu:

Grand French Toast

Honey Kissed Fruit Salad

Belgian Waffle Bar

Sweet Breads (banana, lemon, cinnamon and orange)

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Cinnamon Rolls

Cocktails menu:

MOM-osas

Bloody Marys