7 Reasons Why Cooper is a Hidden Gem
…and Why You Should Take Time to Make a Visit to Cooper this Season
1) Family-Friendly Atmosphere
Cooper’s smaller size and uncrowded slopes make it the perfect family mountain. There are plenty of novice and intermediate cruisers to give the up-and-comers room for fun, and our glades and moguls keep the more advanced skiers interested. Plus, Cooper’s laid-back atmosphere and unassuming clientele make it a comfortable place to relax with the whole family.
Cooper is not only family-friendly, it is a family. From our staff to our skiers, we think of ourselves as a family, and strive to treat everyone as such.
2) Affordable for the Whole Family
Cooper is heavy on family fun but light on your wallet. Full priced adult lift tickets at Cooper run $56 with a child’s ticket at only $35. Plus there are special weekday deals like 2Fer Tuesdays where 2 people ski for the price of one adult lift ticket during the months of January & February. And there are $30 Thursdays January through March with $30 lift tickets for everyone and live music at the end of the school day. With prices like these you can afford to bring the whole family and focus on a fun day together.
A family of four can rent skis, buy lift tickets, and eat lunch at Cooper for roughly the same cost of ONE person doing the same at the mega resorts.
3) No crowds
Nonexistent or short lift lines mean more time on the snow, and less time standing around. At Cooper, if you have to wait 5 minutes in a lift line, it’s an extremely busy day! And with the exception of a few of the busiest holidays, you won’t even have to wait at the ticket window, the rental shop, or the cafeteria either! It’s a perfect family mountain with more time skiing and less time waiting.
4) Soft All-Natural Snow
Mother Nature graces us with an average of about 260″ of natural fluffy stuff each season, and our high base elevation (10,500′) means that the snowpack remains cooler and drier, and thus lighter & softer. At Cooper, we don’t make any man-made snow.
And we’re here to supplement Mother Nature’s efforts as well, with our unique grooming philosophy. Cooper doesn’t believe in over-grooming trails. This provides a softer, smooth surface.
5) Wide Open Beginner Areas
Cooper is a great place to learn how to ski with a gentle pitch on the beginner terrain, less crowded runs, soft all-natural snow and wide open spaces to do those turns. And with a caring staff to help you get on the right foot from the start, it may just be the best place in the state to learn how to ski or snowboard.
6) Easy to Navigate
Ski as a group on an easy-to-navigate hill. At Cooper there are two main sections of the mountain. The chairlifts from each section intersect near the top of the mountain. There is a mountaintop yurt that makes for the perfect family meeting area as it is easily accessible from both the 10th Mountain Double Chairlift and the Piney Basin Triple Chairlift. All trails lead back to the base lodge at the end of the day, so there’s no worrying that someone will end up three miles away! You can relax and enjoy your day of skiing knowing that it is easy to keep track of a group at Cooper.
7) Free & Close Parking
There are no hidden costs. At Cooper, you drive right up to the base and it doesn’t cost you a penny. In minutes you are at the first chair ready to head up the mountain. You have less time spent getting to the hill and more time skiing.