North of Leadville at the summit of Tennesse Pass, the Ski Cooper ski area has 35 runs spread over 400 acres that are served by 5 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,200 feet. For some of the best powder and gladed snowboarding at Ski Cooper, check out the Timber Bash zone. One of the best features of Ski Cooper is the Chicago Basin snowcat, which provides access to 2,640 acres of freeriding with 800 more feet of vertical descent. The Chicago Basin snowcat typically makes 10 to 12 runs a day with average runs of 1,500 feet of vertical descent. An advance reservation is required for the Chicago Basin snowcat by calling (719) 486-2277.
To reach the snowboarding at Ski Cooper from Denver, head west on US 70 over Vail Pass. Just past Vail, exit onto US24 heading south. Continue south on US24 to Tennessee Pass. The Ski Cooper ski area is on the left.
Overall, Ski Cooper Ski Area is the 24th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 28 snowboarding resorts in Colorado.