Ski Cooper Alpine Ski Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Skiing Cooper

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;
  • Acres: 400;
  • 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.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Front-side lifts are open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Back-side lifts are open 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM;

Rental Shop is open 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM; Ticket Office is open 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

Rentals & Guides: Ski Cooper provides ski and snowboard rentals. The Ski and Snowboard School offers alpine, telemark and snowbard instruction.

Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours offer guided, backcountry skiing experiences accessible only by snowcat. No-skis-required scenic tours are also available for those who want to see some of the best deep winter views Colorado has to offer.

Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Open Season: Late November to Beginning of April
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Winter
Busiest Season: Winter
Closest Towns: Leadville, CO
Water: Potable water provided
Restroom: Flush toilets provided
Passes: For information about obtaining ski passes, visit the Ski Cooper website at or call 1-800-707-6114.
Operated By: Ski Cooper Board by Forest Service Special Use Permit
Information Center: Visit: or call: 1-800-707-6114 for more information.

General Information


Ski Cooper is located near Colorado Springs, Denver, Summit County and Vail.  Affordable skiing and snowboarding and the state's best snowcat skiing on Chicago Ridge...

110 miles from Denver International Airport via I-70 and U.S. Highway 91; 135 miles from Colorado Springs via Highway 24; 30 Miles from Summit County via Highway 91; Approximately 35 miles from Vail; 10 miles north of Leadville.


General Notes:

Ski Cooper is Colorado's fifth-oldest ski area. It's origin goes back to World War II when the U.S. Army developed the area and nearby Camp Hale as a training site for the ski troopers of the famed 10th Mountain Division. A memorial is located near the entrance and interpretive signs are located at the Lodge.

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Drinking water
Fee charged for some activities
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  Area/Length : 
400 acres

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  Elevation : 
10,500 feet - 11,700 feet