February Events at Ski Cooper and Leadville
10th Mountain Division Day, Cooper Cup On Schedule for February
The winter is in full swing here at Ski Cooper, with lots of fantastic fresh February powder on the mountain! This month there are lots of events to keep us busy both on the mountain and in the surrounding area of Leadville. Check out one of these fun reasons to visit us for your winter adventures!
At the start of President’s weekend, on February 15 we look forward to another event devoted entirely to paying homage to the revered 10th Mountain ski troopers at Ski Cooper’s 10th Mountain Division Day. This 38th edition of the annual ski celebration honors those soldiers who trained at Ski Cooper and neighboring Camp Hale before fighting key battles in the mountains of Italy during WWII. The celebration is for veterans and descendants of the 10th mountain division, who will bear flags while participating in an honorary ski-down, followed by lunch in the lodge with a re-enactment performance by the 10the Living History Group. The day closes with a memorial gathering at the Tennessee Pass Monument at the entrance of Ski Cooper.
Thee holiday weekend continues with events on and off the mountain. February 16-17 the Annual Ice Fishing Derby takes place at favorite local destination Twin Lakes. This annual event by the Leadville Rod & Gun Club gives local anglers a chance to compete for the biggest catch of the day.
Also this weekend is the 4th & 5th installments of our own all-ages Alpine Ski Racing series, the Cooper Cup, on February 17. This series is open to the public and registration is free fro this favorite event that draws young racers from many local ski areas in competition on our NASTAR Course. Top off the day with the fun awards party including medals ceremony, prize drawing, snacks and a cash bar!
Closing the month is the annual Leadville Loppett, February 23 & 24. This 44km Nordic ski race benefits the Mineral Belt Trail, an 11.6 mile, all-season non-motorized ADA accessible route with numerous trailheads and access points for unsurpassed views of the Sawatch and Mosquito Ranges, which is snowcat-groomed in winter for use in winter Nordic sports and winter biking. The race takes skiers along this trail following the ascents and descents of abandoned railways from Leadville’s historic mining era. A fun race with Costume Party offer a less intense variation on the race so all Nordic enthusiasts can participate!
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