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Tennessee Creek Basin

New Terrain for the 2019-20 Winter Season

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Dan Torsell cooking cheesesteaks on the grill
Dan Torsell

Ski Cooper President & General Manager

What’s Cookin’ at Cooper

Report from the President

August 7, 2019

Things continue to progress on-schedule in the new “Tennessee Creek Basin” Improvement Area at Cooper!  All larger trees that were felled have been processed and transported from the parking lot staging area.  Smaller trees have been cut up and spread on the forest floor in what is referred to as “Lop and Scatter,” which ensures a supply of nutrients for the soil in the cutting area.  We were very careful in selecting tree-cutting and removal methods in an effort to minimize effects on the forest and the environment in general.  The ground crews who cut every tree by hand (on some very steep terrain, by the way!) and the helicopter transport team left virtually no imprint on the forest floor.

Most of the Tennessee Creek Basin area will be glade-type skiing, although there will be a few classic ski trails with more clearing.  This entire area is quite steep with formidable drops (much steeper than anything else at Cooper) and as such will be rated “Double Black Diamond,” with the exception of the transport access trail, which will be rated “Blue Square.”  With the high-speed “Little Horse” T-Bar (more on the name in a future post) for uphill transportation, this area will provide the long-awaited missing element: expert skiing terrain at Cooper!

Next time we’ll take look at individual trails and discuss the unique characteristics of each one.

Until then…………….standby!


Report from the President

July 30, 2019

There is a buzz of excitement in the air at Ski Cooper!  The Way Back Project, culminating in the creation of our new skiing terrain in the “Tennessee Creek Basin,” is taking shape before our eyes.

As a long-time veteran of the Ski Resort Industry, I have been around and involved in my fair share of development and expansion projects, both small and large.  While all have been fun and interesting, none has created the sheer thrill and sense of anticipation that I have felt with this one!  Whether I’m walking the streets of Leadville, attending events, or leaving Church on Sunday mornings, there is one common question: “how is the project coming?”  After many years in the planning and a thorough vetting process with USFS Permitting, it is both a relief and a joy to say we are on schedule and well underway!

Given the level of curiosity about this much anticipated development, I have decided to begin a blog with periodic entries updating progress and highlights of the project.  This initial post is simply an introduction, and I will follow-up in a few days with details of where we are and how the schedule looks moving forward. I’m excited to share with you many photos and details as we work diligently on trail/glade clearing, tree removal, lift installation, and more.

Stay Tuned!


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