Leadville News – March 27
Cooper News: Easter Egg Hunts to Way Back Pods
You have one month from today. If you’d like to show your support – or express your concerns – regarding Ski Cooper’s “expansion” project, more commonly known as the Way Back Pod Improvement Project, the Leadville Ranger District of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) is initiating a 30-day public scoping period on an Environmental Assessment (EA).
While it might sound like something out of a 1970s lingo dictionary, the Way Back Pod Improvement Project (WBPIP) is actually part of the original Master Plan created by Ski Cooper back in 2000.
“A couple of things to keep in mind,” Torsell explained at the annual Community Meeting held every fall to keep residents informed of the neighboring ski area’s operations. “What we are actually doing is much smaller in scope than what was originally presented.”
Secondly, Torsell re-iterated the term “improvement,” not expansion. While that might seem like a battle of semantics, it actually demonstrates Ski Cooper commitment to staying within the boundaries of their contract with the US Forest Service, all while maintaining its distinct pay-as-you-go philosophy of ski hill management – a concept that still is held in high regard by a majority of Lake County residents.
The WBPIP includes the construction and operation of a 2,450-foot-long surface lift and five new trails at the Ski Cooper ski area in Lake County. It would require approximately 36 acres of clearing for the primary trail segments, with an additional 11 acres of conventional glading. There is a total of 47 acres of proposed tree removal. The project would also include replacement of the existing ski patrol outpost and would require up to 3.5 acres of grading to accommodate the ski-way and lift terminals.
The Leadville Ranger District is seeking public comments on this planning effort from March 28 through April 27, 2018. Written comments can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Leadville Ranger District, 810 Front Street, Leadville, CO 80461; faxed to: 719-486-0928; or sent by email to Michelle Mueggler at email@example.com.
Additionally, the Leadville Ranger District will host a public open house on April 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Ski Cooper (232 County Road 29, Leadville, Colorado 80461) to present the project and answer questions. Comment forms will be available at the open house. The scoping notice and supporting documents of the proposed project can be viewed HERE.
Written comments should be received by April 27, 2018, to ensure consideration. The public will also have the opportunity to comment on the proposal during the public comment period associated with the Draft EA, which should be available during the fall of 2018.
Cooper Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday
This Saturday, March 31, the annual Ski Cooper Easter Egg Hunt is set to begin at 9 a.m. sharp. Little ones up to age 15 can come out onto the hill and search for prize-filled eggs in Cooper Castle. Who doesn’t love a good hunt, especially when three golden eggs hold 2018/2019 season passes? Kiddos should be sure to bring their own baskets to collect their findings. Don’t be late!
Also on Saturday, young adults intent on entering the skiing workforce are encouraged to come out for the Ski Instructor Information Session and find out what it takes to become a Cooper Ski Instructor for the 2018-19 Winter Season. Cooper’s Ski School will be offering this 2 day on-snow information session on Saturday March 31, 2018 and Sunday April 1, 2018. The session will go from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day on-snow and cover many of the things that one needs to know about teaching skiing. Meet on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on the 3rd floor of the base lodge to check in. This session is for Ski Instructors only. You must be 18 years old prior to November 15, 2018 to participate. This program is free and includes 2 free daily lift tickets. You must preregister by calling our Sales Desk at 719-293-8143 by Thursday March 29, 2018.
Ski Cooper is located just ten miles north of Leadville on US 24 at Tennessee Pass. Get in touch by visiting their website, Facebook, or by calling 800-707-6114.