Make your way to Ski Cooper for a week filled with special ski days and events happening Feb. 14 through 20.
Wednesday, Feb. 16 marks a special day for longtime skiing residents of the area. Ski Cooper loves its seniors, and each season certain days are catered to let them ski at discounted rates. Seniors ages 55-69 ski for $26, and seniors over 70 ski for $14. Long runs and short lines pair for the perfect day to spend schussing with the family.
Friday, Feb. 18 is the annual reunion of the 10th Mountain Division at Ski Cooper, just a short distance from the wartime site of Camp Hale. Returning members of the division celebrate a lifetime of service to their country at the reunion that includes a service at the Memorial Monument on Tennessee Pass, Colo.
The monument was completed in 1959 and was dedicated on Memorial Day of that year. The names of 999 comrades who made the supreme sacrifice on Kiska and in Italy are etched upon the monument.
Saturday, Feb. 19 Leon Joseph Littlebird performs at the Ski Cooper Lodge from 3 to 5 p.m. Littlebird embodies the spirit of the majestic mountains of Colorado with roots in both pioneer and native cultures. Leon's great-grandfather was one of the original settlers in Blackhawk, Colo., and his great-uncle was a classical composer and performer in Silver Plume and Georgetown.
Culminating a week of fun at Ski Cooper includes the Youth Ski League's Ridge Day Saturday, and a Sunday downhill as part of the Cooper Cup race series.
"We've gotten 17 inches out of this last storm, and there's supposed to be about another foot on the way," says Ski Cooper's Bob Casey. "It's been a great winter for us so far, and it's not even close to over."