Cooper is PHENOMENAL!!!!!!

by: Christopher Thorstenson - Aug 8, 2013

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 5
  • Nightlife 5

    Pros: Minimal Crowds, Feels so much larger than it actually is, nice terrain

    Cons: slow frontside lift, no night skiing

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters


Full review

Okay, so this is probably the best small ski resort you will ever ski at. Ever. There is absolutely no snowmaking here, so conditions are usually phenomenal. Most everything here is groomed, minus most of the black diamonds on the back and a blue on the back (Burnout). Nothing here super challenging, a couple of tree runs for the advanced/expert skier, plenty for the novice and intermediate. The Chicago Ridge snowcat skiing is amazing, but for experts only. The powder there, when it's open, is DEEP. bring powder skis if doing chicago ridge. everywhere else, there are plenty of days, particularly February, where you don't even need your metal edges.

Now, nightlife. I know, I know, no night skiing, no condoresortgolfcourse nonsense. But, being fifteen minutes from Leadville, it doesn't need them. Night skiing would be cool, though. Spend an evening cruising around leadville, grab a pizza, and crash at a hotel. If you choose to, you are less than a half-hour from Copper Mountain.

If you don't want any crowds at all, like, have the mountain to yourself (pretty much), go on 12-31 and 1-1, maybe even 1-2. these are the lightest days. Period.

Recommended Trails: Nighmare (Black), Black Powder* or 10th Mtn. (Blue), Molly Mayfield or Tenderfoot (Green)

*Black Powder is a race course, closed in February and March. Go December/January to try it. You won't regret it.

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