Ski Cooper, located atop Tennessee Pass 10 miles north of Leadville on U.S. 24, is a unique and affordable alpine ski area for the whole family. Five lifts serve 26 runs on 400 acres with slightly more intermediate than beginner or expert terrain. The longest run is 1.4 miles. The base sits at an elevation of 10,500 feet, with the summit at 11,700 feet. Ski Cooper averages 250 inches of natural snowfall a year and hosts a variety of fun-filled events throughout the winter season.
Ski Cooper also includes a terrain park with seven different features, short lift lines and a variety of runs. The base facilities include the Ski and Snowboard School which offers alpine, telemark and snowboard instruction; a day lodge with guest services, ticket offices, first-aid room, restaurant and bar; a ski rental shop; the Children's Center, featuring a children's ski school, rental equipment and day care for children ages 2-8; the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center with rental equipment for cross-country skiing, telemarking, and snowshoeing, and the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse.
Ski Cooper Stats:
Vertical drop: 1,200 feet;
2,400 acres of snowcat skiing on Chicago Ridge;
Lifts: 5- 1 double, 1 triple, 3 surface lifts;
26 runs: 30% beginner, 40% intermediate, 30% advanced;
Annual Snowfall: 250 inches.
Picket Wire Canyon
The dinosaur tracksite is located in Picket Wire Canyon on the banks of the Purgatoire River in southeast Colorado. The tracksite is the largest documented assemblage of trackways in North America. Over 1400 prints in 100 separate trackways extend across a quarter mile expanse of bedrock.
What did cowboys think of these trackways?
How did a young school girl reveal these tracks to the world?
Why did the rock layer with the tracks, crack so uniformly?
For a unique and unforgettable family experience tour Picket Wire Canyonlands with a guide who will answer all these questions and more! This auto tour is the only motorized access into Picket Wire Canyon.
**Reservations for the Picket Wire Canyon lands Guided Auto Tour will be available at www.recreation.gov or at the toll-free reservation line at 1-877-444-6777 shortly after March 1, 2013. If you need additional information about the tours please call the Comanche National Grassland office in La Junta at 719-384-2181.
Click here to learn more about the geology of the Comanche National Grasslands. [5 pages; PDF 1.3 MB]
A scenic drive through the Wet Mountains of the San Isabel National Forest. For more information visit www.frontierpathways.org .