YOUR GUIDE TO THE 2022-23 SEASON
Ski Cooper opened for the 2022-23 season on Wednesday December 7th.
What You Can Expect At Cooper
Ski Cooper has a permanent single entrance point to the area: the Port-of-Entry. This entry is equipped with RFID gates for entrance and exit during operating hours. You must have a valid pass to enter the ski area during operating hours. Ski Cooper does offer a “visitor pass” for those not participating in skiing activities (Please inquire at the ticket window). This visitor pass (RFID card) will allow you to pass through our Port-of-Entry gates, so that you have the opportunity to spend some time indoors with those in your party who are participating in our sport, grab a bite to eat or visit our retail shop, but it does not include access to the hill in any manner and to do so would be considered theft of services. Please bear in mind that we respectfully ask that you do not sit at and hold a table for an extended period of time in consideration of others who also wish to sit and enjoy a break and some lunch.
You are welcome to bring small “sack lunches” into the area which can be eaten in the Bag Lunch Zone on the third floor (first room on the left at the top of the stairs) or outside on the deck. Please leave coolers, bins, large bags, suitcases, crock pots, extraneous clothing, boot bags, etc. in your vehicle and do not bring them through the Port of Entry. Our space is limited, and these items take up lots of it. Small backpacks and bags are allowed through the Port as long as they are kept on your person and not left unattended. If you are unable to keep items on your person while skiing or riding, we kindly ask that you leave the item(s) in your vehicle.
We would appreciate it if you would change and boot up at your vehicle! If this is difficult for you, we will have a limited amount of space along the wall in the Bag Lunch Zone area available to store your boots for the day. Please understand that your gear is not locked in this area. Cooper is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available as private lessons, or to cohort groups (family/friends arriving together). Guests from different cohorts will not be grouped together during daily lessons. Ski lessons start at age 3. Snowboard lessons start at age 6. All ski and snowboard lessons must be booked in advance by calling 800-707-6114.
New This Season
The Timberline Taproom has a new smoker and an enhanced menu! Over the summer we tested out the new menu at a tasting event, including Chef Scott’s Smoked Hummus, with great results. Be sure to stop by and check it out on your next visit to Cooper.
Over the summer we continued trail clearing activities in Tennessee Creek Basin and Leprechaun Lane. This has opened up the terrain a bit and made it easier to navigate. If you have not yet ventured into these areas out, check them out this season.
Get in the spirit of the Christmas Holidays aboard one of Cooper’s Chicago Ridge snowcats for “Snowcat, Cookies and Cocoa”. Enjoy the unique feeling of the Cat climbing to the top of the mountain where you will be treated to drinks and treats at Cooper’s mountaintop Ridgeview Café. This event will be suitable for all ages and does not require the ability to ski or snowboard. Departs after the ski day on select dates.
A Few Things We Are Bringing Back
$30 Thursdays are back by popular demand during January and February. We will offer $30 Day Passes, $30 Rentals, $30 Off Lessons and live music! These deeply discounted prices provide a great opportunity to for you to introduce your friends to Cooper. Please note that the $30 Day pass is only available online and must be purchased more than 48 hours prior to your visit.
Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours will return with a slightly modified format. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays we will offer half day tours, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Operating dates will be dependent on snowpack conditions on the Ridge. This will be an add-on to your season pass or day pass and must be purchased in-person at the Guest Services window on the day you wish to ski. You can choose to purchase either the morning or afternoon session, with each session limited to 12 participants.
We are also bringing back (with a twist) full day Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours. This is a flat-rate product which reserves the entire Cat (all 12 seats) for your group, whether you go it alone or with 11 of your friends. We will provide information regarding available dates, reservations, etc. on our website www.skicooper.com as soon as details are finalized.
**These policies are subject to change without notice at any time as circumstances dictate, and as local, state, and federal guidelines and restrictions change.