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PRESS RELEASE: Ski Cooper Opens Dec. 9th, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: Ski Cooper Opens Dec. 9th, 2020


PRESS RELEASE: Press Releases are provided to Yellow Scene. In an effort to keep our community informed, we are now publishing some press releases in whole. 


Ski Cooper Opens Dec. 9, Kicking off a Real Winter in North America’s Highest City

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November 13, 2020 – Snow arrived this week in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, setting the stage for visitors who seek a real winter with fresh air and outdoor activities that are naturally socially distanced. As North America’s highest-elevation city, Leadville (10,152’) offers snow from early season through late spring. Nearby Ski Cooper, a ski “resort” without the pretense, is set to open Dec. 9, 2020, and kick off the season.

Ski Cooper in 2020-21
Beginners and families appreciate Ski Cooper’s wide-open spaces with no lift lines, high prices, high-rise condos, or man-made “snow.” In early 2020, Cooper debuted 19 advanced runs in Tennessee Creek Basin. For Covid safety in 2020-21, Cooper requires all passes (season and day) to be purchased in advance and online via SkiCooper.com. Cooper will offer ski school lessons on an individual, family, or cohort basis only – no mixed groups.

Winter Outdoor Adventures Open Soon
The Top of the Rockies Zip Line opens for the winter season on Nov. 15, 2020. Visitors can fly above snow-covered trees at 12,800.’ White Mountain Snowmobile Tours leave from the same location.

As soon as snow cover allows, 100 miles of groomed trails will open for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, or snowmobiling. Trails go above treeline or through open meadows with unobstructed mountain and lake views and meander through Leadville’s historic East Side Mining District.

Experienced backcountry enthusiasts can ski or snowshoe to off-grid 10th Mountain Huts. This winter, hut capacities have been reduced with single-party reservations only, and new minimum booking requirements added. Weston Pass Hut is also open with enhanced safety measures and single-group reservations only.

The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Cookhouse and Sleep Yurts re-open on Nov. 26, 2020. Guests snowshoe or cross-country ski one mile through a forest to a gourmet candlelight dinner featuring local foods. Sleep yurts feature down comforters and soapstone wood stoves. Booking is now open.

New Winter Warmers

Treeline Kitchen and Buchi Café feature outdoor pods for winter dining. Treeline also offers patio dining beside a fire pit. Winter warmers are available at Two Mile Brewing Co., North America’s highest brewery. Tuck & Vittles opened at FREIGHT this fall and currently delivers custom charcuterie boards. The Twin Lakes Inn & Saloon is embarking on its second year of TWIN-ter, with weekend dinners and brunches.


Rest Day at the Museum
For a rest day, guests can head to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, showcasing America’s mining history. The Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin is one of Leadville’s earliest homes. Temple Israel documents the lives of Jewish pioneers during Leadville’s mining boom era.


Learn more at LeadvilleTwinLakes.com. Photos available here.

Mary Howard Glover




Shavonne Blades grew up on the West Coast but moved to Colorado in High School. She left for California after school and returned to Colorado in 1990. She got her start in media at the age of 21 in Santa Cruz, California as an advertising sales rep. Having no experience and nothing more than a couple of years as an art college attendee she felt the bug to work in media at a young age. She learned that by helping her customers with design and marketing, their campaigns would be far more successful and has made a 30+ year career in design, copywriting, and marketing for her clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy4MMdcfLg. She has always chosen to work in Independent Media and believes deeply in the need for true, authentic Community Journalism. She is proud that YS has never compromised journalism standards in its 20+ history and continues to print YS on paper monthly while also expanding web coverage. She has worked at 3 Alternative Weeklies and founded Yellow Scene Magazine in 2000. You can learn more about Shavonne's adventures in the YS 20th Anniversary issue: https://yellowscene.com/2020/10/08/the-yellow-scenes-red-tornado/

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