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 ticket 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 work with Ski Cooper. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Ski Cooper's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Ski Cooper around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
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, 0.6 square miles, or 1.6 square kilometers.
Ski Cooper's slopes see on average 250 inches (7.6 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 20 feet every year!
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.
Ski Cooper Difficulty Level
41.7out of 100
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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.
Skiable Terrain 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%.
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.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
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 nearest the town of Leadville, CO.
Leadville, CO 80461 USA
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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 Airport||DEN||Denver, CO||93 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 Field||ASE||Aspen, CO||32 mi|
|Eagle County Regional Airport||EGE||Eagle, CO||38 mi|
|City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport||COS||Colorado Springs, CO||94 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.
|Copper Mountain||Frisco, CO||12,313 ft||66%||10 mi|
|Breckenridge||Breckenridge, CO||12,998 ft||82%||17 mi|
|Vail||Vail, CO||11,570 ft||77%||20 mi|
|Beaver Creek||Beaver Creek, CO||11,440 ft||62%||21 mi|
|Keystone||Dillon, CO||12,408 ft||69%||25 mi|
|Aspen Mountain Ski Resort||Aspen, CO||11,212 ft||79%||30 mi|
|Loveland Ski Area||Dillon, CO||13,010 ft||63%||31 mi|
|Aspen Highlands Ski Resort||Aspen, CO||11,675 ft||93%||32 mi|
|Aspen Snowmass||Snowmass Village, CO||12,510 ft||86%||36 mi|
|Winter Park Resort||Winter Park, CO||12,060 ft||72%||46 mi|
|Ski Granby Ranch||Granby, CO||9,202 ft||30%||47 mi|
|Echo Mountain Resort||Idaho Springs, CO||10,650 ft||27%||47 mi|
|Crested Butte||Crested Butte, CO||12,162 ft||74%||50 mi|
|Sunlight||Glenwood Springs, CO||9,895 ft||51%||56 mi|
|Eldora||Nederland, CO||10,800 ft||48%||56 mi|
|Monarch||Salida, CO||11,952 ft||51%||57 mi|
|Buttermilk||Larkspur, CO||9,900 ft||47%||75 mi|
|Howelsen Hill Ski Area||Seamboat Springs, CO||7,136 ft||44%||83 mi|
|Arapahoe Basin Ski Area||Dillon, CO||13,050 ft||76%||84 mi|
|Powderhorn Ski Resort||Powderhorn, CO||9,850 ft||58%||86 mi|
Ski Cooper Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||11,700 ft|
|Base Elevation||10,500 ft|
|Vertical Drop||1,200 ft|
(30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||250 inches|