Cooper is different, in all the right ways! Soft all-natural snow, terrain variety for everyone, down-to-earth laid-back atmosphere, family-friendly vibe, smiling faces, great food & drinks, and prices that allow you to bring the whole family. Cooper brings you the very essence of the authentic skiing experience, with none of the frustrating baggage that you’ll fight through at the mega resorts.


Annual Snowfall:
260 in / 660 cm
Base Elevation:
10,500 ft / 3,200 m
Summit Elevation:
11,700 ft / 3,566 m
Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Season Dates:
Skiable Area:
470 acres / 190 hectares
# of trails:
0 acres / 0 hectares
Bowl Skiing
CAT Skiing
Terrain Parks

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Cooper offers authentic Colorado skiing without the hustle & bustle. Wide open terrain and no crowding means fresh powder stashes even days after a storm! Cooper allows you to enjoy everything that skiing & riding should be, without the bank-breaking price tag of the larger resorts.

Augment your ski day with a full wait-served pub menu and a microbrew at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub (Cooper recommends “Kerrigan’s Irish Stout,” a Dillon Dam brew made just for Katie O’Rourke’s), with free live music most Thursdays and Saturdays.

Cooper's Ridgeview Cafe at the top of the mountain now boasts a huge deck around it for chilling during the ski day surrounded by amazing mountain views. Check out our Moonlight Mountaintop Yurt dinners for an amazing gourmet experience. Transportation to the mountaintop for dinner is by a warm, cozy snowcat.


  • One of the oldest ski resorts in the US, Cooper boasts its origins with the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division, who cut the first trails on Cooper Hill for training excercises.
  • With 470 in-bounds acres to explore, you have 60 varied trails served by 5 lifts. If you want more, try Tennessee Creek basin with it's steep natural tree & glade skiing or help yourself to the 2,600 acres of wide-open powder bowls and epic glades served by snowcat tours on Chicago Ridge.
  • If you’re a Cooper insider, there’s one thing you know for certain: our snow is the softest snow around. That’s thanks to our all-natural snow base, and our trend-bucking grooming strategy that focuses on quality over quantity.
  • Pure, authentic, down-to-earth skiing. That’s what we’re all about at Cooper. Our mountain offers you 60 trails served by 5 lifts, spanning 470 lift-served acres. And if you’re in the mood for an even bigger adventure, our snowcat skiing tours on Chicago Ridge deliver you long, epic runs on 2,600 acres of wide-open powder bowls and glades.


Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours is operated by Ski Cooper on 2600 acres of open powder bowls, glades and timber in the San Isabel and White River National Forests. This is an area roughly the size of Vail’s Back Bowls, with similar length, pitch and vertical.

Guests soak in spectacular scenery as we climb along the Continental Divide with dozens of Colorado’s highest peaks in our view – a beauty scene unlike any we’ve seen elsewhere. We’ll take you as high as 12,600 feet. The slopes vary from 3,000 to 10,000 feet in length with vertical drops up to 2,000 feet per run.

Learn more about Chicago Ridge Snowcat tours at

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