Cooper aims for Thanksgiving opening |

Cooper aims for Thanksgiving opening

Roger Peterson / Special to the Daily

LEADVILLE – Snowmaking isn’t an option at Ski Cooper.

“We just rely on Mother Nature to be good to us,” said Anne Dougherty, ski area marketing director. “We’re looking for a great snow year because the Farmer’s Almanac says it’s going to be wetter than usual for this part of the country.”

With eight inches already on Cooper’s slopes, the makings of a stable snowbase already is underway. Nov. 27 is the currently scheduled opening day, with slopes remaining open through Nov. 30. Ski Cooper will close Dec. 1-4 and reopen again on Dec. 5 for a three-day weekend. Following a closure from Dec. 8-11, the ski area will open Dec. 12 for the remainder of the season. Cooper will close next spring on April 4.

Renovations in the form of new carpets in the day lodge and a rental-shop counter will greet skiers this season. A new deck attached to the ski-patrol building contains a picnic table, where the public is welcome to relax and enjoy the view.

“The best news for snowboarders is that Ski Cooper is building rails,” Dougherty said. “Three are already completed and one or two more could be done before opening.”

Snowboard rails, located on the Molly Mayfield Run, will allow boarders to test their skill on a straight, rainbow and C-shaped obstacles. Snowboard clinics, including a “bump” clinic, scheduled for Jan. 11, and a women’s snowboard clinic on Feb. 15 will be offered. A “Women in Powder” Clinic will be held Feb. 28-29 and Telemark clinics are scheduled for Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and Mar. 7. All clinics meet for two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon, and include a lift ticket. Boards are included in the cost of the snowboard clinics.

Cost of day lift tickets for adults at the Ski Cooper window is $33, up two dollars over last year. Season passes remain $199 for adults and $120 for children, and are available through Safeway, Bill’s Sport Shop, Leadville Ski Country and participating local lodging.

For additional information, call Ski Cooper at (719) 486-2277 or (719) 486-3684.

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