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LEADVILLE, Colo. (Oct. 30, 2007) ó Ski Cooper, located atop Tennessee Pass, ten miles north of Leadville on U.S. Highway 24, is Coloradoís fifth-oldest ski area. Building on its unusually rich history and prime location, Ski Cooper has in recent years earned recognition as one of the nationís most successful and innovative small ski areas. With full-day adult lift tickets priced at just $39, Ski Cooper is one of the most affordable ski resorts around.


Ski Cooperís origin goes back to World War II, when the U.S. Army developed Cooper Hill and nearby Camp Hale as a training site for the ski troopers of the famed Tenth Mountain Division. Following the war, Cooper Hill opened to the public as a county-operated ski area under the auspices of the U.S. Forest Service since itís located in the San Isabel National Forest. Ski Cooper has come a long way since then.

Today it is a seven-day-a-week operation drawing skiers and riders from all around the world. Five lifts serve the 400 ski-able acres. There are 26 runs: 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate and 30 percent expert. Ski Cooper averages 250 inches of natural snowfall a year. The longest run is Trails End, at 1.4 miles. The base sits at an elevation of 10,500 feet, with the summit at 11,700 feet.


The base facilities include the Ski School, which offers alpine, telemark and snowboard instruction; a Day Lodge with guest services, ticket offices, first aid room, lunch room, restaurant and bar; a rental shop; the Childrenís Center, featuring a Childrenís Ski School, rental equipment and Day Care for children ages 2-8; the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, with rental equipment for cross country skiing, telemark gear and snowshoes; and the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, which serves dinner daily and lunch on weekends. In 1988, an additional 2,500 acres were opened for a guided, backcountry experience accessible only by Snow Cat on Chicago Ridge, adjacent to the lift-served area.


Ski Cooper hosts events throughout the winter, including the Special Olympics, the Telefast, Santa with live reindeer, telemark and womenís clinics, Senior Days, a Nastar race course, Youth Ski League Championships, Masters, High School races, Speed camps, and the Tenth Mountain Division reunion and memorial service located at the monument.




About Leadville and Twin Lakes
Leadville, the highest incorporated city in North America, is located in the geographic center of Colorado, 103 miles west of Denver and 129 miles northwest of Colorado Springs, on US Highway 24, part of the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway. Once one of Americaís richest, longest-lived and bawdiest mining boomtowns, 70 square blocks of the downtown area has been designated as a National Historic Landmark of Victorian architecture. Activities include skiing, fishing, camping, golfing, hiking, whitewater rafting, four-wheeling, biking, museums, historical tours and train rides. Nearby Twin Lakes, located 15 minutes from Leadville at the eastern entrance to Independence Pass, is also a National Historic District and a popular summer destination for camping, boating, hiking and fishing. Visit for more information.  



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