Last Turns at Ski Cooper on Sunday
Egg Hunt, Music Closes Out Slope Season
If your weather wish for the end of a fantastic ski season is a day of freshies followed by a day of brilliant sunshine, then you’re in luck because that’s exactly what the forecasters are calling for as Leadville’s Ski Cooper closes out their 2018/19 season this weekend.
Did you know that Cooper’s season total to date is 328″ of snow which is 5.5 feet above an average year. So there’s still plenty of good snow to take advantage of Cooper’s Spring Lift Ticket Deal from April 1-7 with $25 lift tickets for everyone! And while the slope conditions should be primo, there are some other activities planned that should make it an extra special end to an epic snow season.
On Saturday, April 6 the fresh snow should make it even easier for children to find those colorful orbs at Cooper’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The fun kicks off Saturday morning at 9 a.m. sharp so don’t be late! There will be thousands of filled eggs plus three golden eggs that can be turned in for a FREE 2019-20 Cooper Season Pass. Bring the kids out for a fun start to the day!
The live music scene at Cooper has played strong all season and the weekend finale will bring one last swinging good time. On Saturday, April 6 the Apres Ski tunes can be found at Katie O’Rourke’s in the lodge. Join Dennis Reifsteck, bandleader of The Swing Crew as he plays his solo show from 3 – 5 p.m. Then be sure to return on Sunday for the grand finale as the entire Swing Crew band will have you booging down in your boots to some of the best swing music around.
Fun is the bottom line with this interactive, acoustic band. The shows feature a wide variety of music, audience participation, jokes, stunts, cornball humor and toasts. This is also an interactive performance with volunteers from the audience joining the band by playing the washboard, shakers or honking horns. Sunshine and swing music – not a bad way to close out the books on an amazing season.
But if your thoughts are already set on the 2019-20 season, it’s good to know that passes will go on sale July 1, 2019. Cooper will announce the price for next season’s pass shortly before the sale date.
“We are currently confirming all of our season pass partners for next season,” stated Cooper’s Director of Marketing and Sales Dana Tyler Johnson. “We are excited to tell you we will have some new partners added to our list. Stay tuned!”
Veterans Memorial Inscription Deadline: April 5
It might seem a little out of the ordinary to be talking about Memorial Day in early April, but there’s a good reason for it. Today Friday, April 5 is the deadline to submit an application for engraving on the memorial in order to be complete by the 2019 Memorial Day Weekend Services.
This is an opportunity to honor those who served with a name engraving on the Lake County Veterans Memorial granite plaque. Families from Leadville, Lake County and across the United States can add the name of any veteran deceased or living to the south plaque.
In order to have the plaque readied by Memorial Day 2019, applications and fees ($75 per name) must be received by April 5, 2019. Please consider an engraving or a simple, straight-up donation by contacting Brad Palmer at 719-207-1380 or mailing a check to Lake County Veteran Memorial, PO Box 952, Leadville, CO 80461. To download an application: CLICK.
Father Dyer Race Canceled for 2019
Residents and outdoor adventurers are reminded that although some of the posters may still be up around town, the Father Dyer Postal Route Ski Race which was scheduled for this weekend has been canceled for this year. In a letter from the Race Director Tony Goldstein, the reasons for the cancellation are noted as “Due to an overwhelming accumulation of setbacks, I am no longer capable of providing the fun, safe, and value-packed race experience that has been offered in the past.”
The backcountry event traces the route of Father Dyer a Methodist preacher, and Leadville’s best “circuit rider” as he delivered cherished postal letters from home over the mountains, he crossed 13,000 foot Mosquito Pass several times per week in a variety weather conditions. More formally known as John Lewis Dyer, this Minnesota minister became the legendary “Snowshoe Itinerant” when he brought his message to Colorado.
The postal route takes racers up 3 peaks over 12,000′ including Centennial 13er Dyer Mountain (13,855’) and involves three demanding backcountry ski lines. While the historic snowfall certainly would have contributed to the race’s cancellation, organizers provided no insight into the other setbacks. All registered teams will have their entry fees fully refunded no later than the originally scheduled race date, April 6, 2019. Organizers apologize for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation.
In conclusion, Goldstein added, “We are considering a revamped race and course for Spring of 2020, and hope that we can welcome you all back to Leadville next year.”
Guess the mail isn’t getting through this winter! At least not through this historic postal route!