Welcome to Spring Break 2016!

8 March, 2016

Greetings Cooper Family!

Spring Break time is here, and we want to welcome you all to Cooper! Here are a few personal notes to you from some of our departmental managers to kick off your amazing ski vacation:


This is John from the Cooper Rental Shop. If you are on your way to Cooper for your spring break, I want to invite you to rent your skis/snowboard right here on the mountain. With our computerized rental process we are able handle more people with greater efficiency. Plus, our updated ski and snowboard fleet will provide you with top-quality gear! We feature Salomon skis and Mission R70 4 buckle boots. With our Never Summer Snowboards we have a snowboard for every riding type.

We can also store your rental skis and snowboards onsite! No need to lug heavy equipment around! Each rental will include FREE storage of your rental skis or snowboard. We also dry your boots overnight for your arrival in the morning. Come and have your best ski experience of the year. Experience the Cooper Difference!

~John Herron, Rental Shop Manager



Welcome, Spring Break visitors! In the same building as the rental shop, we have a full-service retail shop. Affordable goggles, sunscreen, helmets, socks, sunglasses, gloves, hats, shirts, gifts – you name it, we have it in the Snowflakes Retail Shop! I’d like to personally invite you to come on in for a visit, and we’ll help you find whatever you’re looking for. You won’t feel like just another number at Snowflakes… we know our customers, and love to provide you with that old-world personal service!

~Cheryl Molleur, Retail Shop Manager



Welcome to Spring Break with Cooper’s Ski & Snowboard School…… “Where Winter Is Our Favorite Sport”! 

We offer on the snow learning experiences for everyone from First-Time skiers and riders to guests wishing to improve their technique in all snow conditions.  Cooper is the essence of what snow sports is all about and our Ski & Ride School provides an exceptional learning environment for our guests.

We offer GROUP & PRIVATE instruction in Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding & Telemark.  Please check our website for specific information about our lesson offerings OR CALL 719-486-2277.  Adult (13 & up) PRIVATE LESSONS are offered at 9am, 10am and 1pm daily and require pre-booking.  Adult (13 & up) GROUP LESSONS are offered at 9:45 & 12:45 daily and can be purchased on-line or at our ticket window.

Children’s Ski & Ride School during March should be pre-booked either on-line or by calling 719-293-8156.    Please check our website for specific information about our lesson offerings.

Please arrive 1.5 hours prior to the start of your preferred lesson time if you are planning on renting equipment. Please do note that in order to provide top-notch on-time service, we are not able to accommodate late arrivals.

~W.J. McGinty, Director of Skiing



The Cooper Food and Beverage Department would like to welcome our Spring Break guests to our family friendly mountain!  We are known for offering no-frills skiing, but your choices for Breakfast, Lunch and Après are many.

We offer a full Breakfast menu In the Base Camp Cafeteria from 7a-10a daily, and an Irish Breakfast featuring Irish Banger sausage in Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub all day 11a-5p.

For lunch we have a fast and quick menu at Base Camp from 11a-4p and a full-service Pub menu in Katie O’Rourke’s from 11a-5p.

Katie O’Rourke’s hosts several events throughout the week.  With live music every Thursday and Saturday, Katie’s Cheesesteaks on the Deck Grill from 11a-2p, Bloody Mary Bar on Sunday 11a-1p, and our Saint Patrick’s celebration on March 17th, the fun is abundant here at Cooper!

~Scott Camp, Director of Food and Beverage



Hi, I’m Scott Adams, the Ski Patrol Director, and welcome to Cooper!  I can’t wait to meet you on the hill and hear your story of where you came from, how you found and chose us.  I love chatting about the history of this area from the geology and natural history to the miners and 10th Mountain Division.  It’s a rich place.  I hope your vacation is a rich time for you and your family, so here are some thoughts to keep our visits fun and out of the professional level!

First, pace yourself.  If you’ve just driven up or flown in from someplace low, which is most places compared to Leadville, take time to get used to the rare air.  Drink a lot of water, eat carbohydrate-rich foods, take an easy walk around town, and get a good night’s sleep.  Save that big steak for later in your visit.  Some Ibuprofen or Tylenol can help you sleep the first night, and if you didn’t have to get up to…you know…you didn’t drink enough.  Speaking of drinking, alcohol doesn’t help the acclimatization process.  Ease back into the things, if it has been a while; your muscles might not be ready to “huck” that big jump or rage through the moguls on the first day out.  Remember, no matter what the Sierra Club says:  TREES are not your friends!  When you ski the trees, look at and ski to the white spaces and please ski under control-at all times and everywhere.  Would you believe about 4 people die each year from falling into tree wells?  It’s called SIS and we’d love to talk to you about it.  Take a look at the Colorado Skier Safety Code (http://www.coloradoski.com/page/know-the-code) and realize that skiing in Colorado is much like driving a car.  You are responsible for your actions (like choosing where you ski and how fast you ski) and if above; it’s your responsibility to miss people and objects below you.  Skier collisions require the exchange of information, just like a car wreck.  If you need patrol and are somewhere on the mountain with cell coverage you can call us directly at (719)293-8159.  Put that in your phone, but don’t call to find our secret powder stash…‘cause if we told you it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.

Have fun and please feel free stop us and ask questions. Or, stop in at Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Piney Triple Lift to warm up, get a drink, sit on the deck in the sunshine, or just to say, “Hi.”  There’s always a smiling face and colorful personality at PHQ looking forward to meeting you.

~Scott Adams (fighter pilot call sign “Salty”), Ski Patrol Director