Ski Cooper

Ski Cooper is a ski area located in the state of Colorado in USA. The resort is in the town of Leadville, CO. We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Ski Cooper stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Ski Cooper is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Ski Cooper.

Ski Cooper Lodging:

Ski Cooper Terrain Overview

Ski Cooper has a total of 26 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 400 acres, Ski Cooper has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 162 hectares, 1 square miles, or 2 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
400(2 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Ski Cooper Elevation

Ski Cooper has a summit elevation of 11,700 feet, or 3,566 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 10,500 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,200 feet (366 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 11,700 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
11,700'(3,566 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,200'(366 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
10,500'(3,200 m)

Ski Cooper Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
41.7out of 100
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Ski Cooper can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 70% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Ski Cooper has 400 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Ski Cooper is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 30% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 70%.
30%(120 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
40%(160 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
30%(120 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Ski Cooper good for beginners?

Ski Cooper can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 70% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Ski Cooper Location

Ski Cooper is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Leadville, CO.

Leadville, CO 80461 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
39.36000, -106.30000

Getting to Ski Cooper

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Ski Cooper), its coordinates of 39.36000, -106.30000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Leadville, CO to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Ski Cooper.

Denver International AirportDENDenver, CO93 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Ski Cooper.

Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy FieldASEAspen, CO32 mi
Eagle County Regional AirportEGEEagle, CO38 mi
City of Colorado Springs Municipal AirportCOSColorado Springs, CO94 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Ski Cooper, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Ski Cooper.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Copper MountainFrisco, CO12,313 ft66%10 mi
BreckenridgeBreckenridge, CO12,998 ft82%17 mi
VailVail, CO11,570 ft72%20 mi
Beaver CreekBeaver Creek, CO11,440 ft62%21 mi
KeystoneDillon, CO12,408 ft69%25 mi
Aspen SnowmassSnowmass Village, CO12,510 ft86%36 mi
Winter ParkWinter Park, CO12,060 ft72%46 mi
Ski GranbyGranby, CO9,202 ft30%47 mi
Crested ButteCrested Butte, CO12,162 ft74%50 mi
SunlightGlenwood Springs, CO9,895 ft51%56 mi
EldoraNederland, CO10,800 ft48%56 mi
MonarchSalida, CO11,952 ft51%57 mi
ButtermilkLarkspur, CO9,900 ft47%75 mi
Arapahoe BasinAurora, CO13,050 ft76%84 mi
PowderhornPowderhorn, CO9,850 ft58%86 mi
LovelandLoveland, CO13,010 ft63%97 mi

Ski Cooper Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation11,700 ft
Base Elevation10,500 ft
Vertical Drop1,200 ft
(30% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  30% Expert)
Skiable Acres400
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Ski Cooper Mountain Stats