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Winter season 2016/2017
December 16, 2016 to Easter mondat April 17, 2017

The following booking conditions apply: Minimum lenght of stay: 3 night. Arrival and departure: daily
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Snowcat Skiing

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snowcat skiing

Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours is operated by Ski Cooper on open powder bowls and glades on Chicago Ridge behind Cooper. Soak in spectacular scenery as we climb along the Continental Divide with dozens of Colorado’s highest peaks in view. Enjoy remarkable runs with small groups and a guide to show you some of the most amazing skiing you'll ever experience!

2/1/23 New Streamlined process for reserving your spot on a Chicago Ridge Half-Day Tour

Buy your Ridge Pass online in advance to guarantee your spot. Buy Early to save $20. (Please note that you must have a season pass or day pass purchased prior to purchasing your Chicago Ridge ticket to gain access to Cooper.)

Note: Tickets are available 10 days before each ski day. Get $20 off when you purchase at least 2 days in advance.

Half-Day Snowcat Tours 

Chicago Ridge Snowcat Skiing at Cooper is available this season in a modified format, offering half-day tours to experience the thrill and adventure of cat skiing and the breathtaking views on Chicago Ridge in the Pike-San Isabel and White River National Forests!

The snowcat will run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through March, when weather and snow conditions permit. Snowcat tours are available to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Purchase a Chicago Ridge ticket online or in-person at the Will Call window as an add-on to your day pass or season pass for just $149! Each ticket provides a half-day trip on the Ridge for either the morning session or afternoon session. Meet the snowcat at the North Basin Station (located near the base of the Piney Basin Triple) where you will load the cat. An avalanche transceiver will be provided, and a safety orientation will be given by our guides.

There will be two scheduled departure times for Chicago Ridge trips each operating day: Morning Session 9:45am – noon and Afternoon Session 12:45pm – 3:00pm. Each trip can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests. If you want the early-bird runs on the 9:45am trip, be sure to have your Chicago Ridge ticket in-hand and load the Tenth Mountain Double at 9:00am to make the departure. At the top of the 10th Mountain Double you will ski down to the base to the Piney Basin Triple to board the snowcat at North Basin Station.

Please note that you must have a season pass or day pass purchased prior to purchasing your Chicago Ridge ticket to gain access to Cooper.

Full-Day Snowcat Tours 

This season we have brought back full-day Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours on a limited basis. This flat-rate tour reserves the entire Cat (all 12 seats) for your group, whether you go it alone or with 11 of your friends. This experience of a lifetime will be available one day a week during the operating season when half-day tours are not operating. The cost of a full-day private Snowcat Tour will be $6000. Contact our Ridge Director, Craig Stuller at [email protected] or 719-293-8148 to book your private tour.

Fact Sheet for Half-Day Tours

Who: Advanced skiers and snowboarders seeking thrill-of-a-lifetime cat skiing adventures. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian..

What: A snowcat ride and half-day adventure in the powder fields and glades of the North Basin of Chicago Ridge

Where: Meet at North Basin Station located near the base of the Piney Basin Triple at Ski Cooper

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through March departing North Basin Station at 9:45am and 12:45pm.   Chicago Ridge tickets go on sale 10 days before each ski day. The Ridge ticket and Day Pass will be discounted when you buy at least two days in advance. Please note that you must have a season pass or day pass purchased prior to purchasing your Chicago Ridge ticket to gain access to Cooper.

How: This product is an add-on to your Ski Cooper day pass or season pass and must be purchased online or at the Will Call window in the Ski Cooper base area. If you purchase online, you will pick up the Chicago Ridge ticket at the Will Call window.

Cost: $149 ticket for a half-day session.

Why: Because nothing beats the views, the turns, the passion of our guides, and the thrilling experience of cat skiing!

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snowboarder on Chicago Ridge