Ski Cooper is located in the San Isabel National Forest near the historic town of Leadville, Colo. The ski area began in 1942 as a training site for the 10th Mountain Division Special Forces who went into Italy during World War II. Ski Cooper is one of the kinder, gentler ski areas that is great for beginner skiers and families. It offers diverse terrain with 26 trails on 400 skiable acres. Or, for the more adventurous skier, try backcountry skiing on Chicago Ridge by snowcat. There are 2,460 acres of treed and bowl skiing; and you can go as high as 12,600 feet in elevation atop the Continental Divide. The slopes vary from 3,000 to 10,000 feet in length with vertical drops up to 1,400 feet per run. There is more than just alpine skiing. Telemarkers, cross-country skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers enjoy this great terrain in the San Isabel National Forest.