Ski Cooper’s History

Ski Cooper’s History

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        Ski Cooper’s origin goes back to World War II. In 1942, the U.S. Army searched for a site to train the ski troopers of the famed 10th Mountain Division. Pando, Colorado, had an isolated rail stop surrounded by rugged, mountainous terrain. It received 20′ of snow per year on average, which assured a six-month-long ski training season at nearby 11,700’ Cooper Hill. The site became Camp Hale.

        After two years of rigorous training, the 10th Mountain Division was ordered to Italy in 1945. These ski troopers played a vital role in liberating northern Italy. Sadly, 992 ski troopers were killed in action and 4,000 wounded. This division saw the highest casualty rate of any U.S. division in the Mediterranean.

        After the war, some of the veterans founded Ski Cooper as a public a ski area.

        Experience Ski Cooper Today

        Now you can enjoy short lift lines and affordable, laid-back Colorado skiing at Ski Cooper.

        To honor the 10th Mountain Division heroes, join Ski Cooper for its winter Ski-in-Reunion, which resumes in 2022. And ski on this historic hill each winter. You’ll find soft all-natural snow, terrain variety for everyone, a down-to-earth atmosphere, a family-friendly vibe. Plus smiling faces, great food and drinks, and prices that let you bring the whole family. Plan your visit to Ski Cooper today!

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