Cooper Sets Opening Date
As the Colorado ski industry does its tightrope dance of shifting opening dates based on snow conditions, along with ever-changing public health guidelines, Leadville’s Ski Cooper jumped into the high-wire act, announcing its projected opening date of Wednesday, Dec. 9.
“We are about four weeks from ‘liftoff’ for the 20/21 Cooper Ski Season!” stated Cooper’s General Manager Dan Torsell in the newsletter which went out to media outlets, season pass holders and area residents on Tuesday afternoon, Nov.10. The “weather permitting” announcement was accompanied by a snow report of 11″ in the last three days! And it’s snowing in Leadville Today as well.
“This year we have chosen to open on Wednesday, December 9th, providing our staff with a few slower days to tune-up our latest operating procedures and facility modifications before hitting the busy weekend scenario,” Torsell explained. However, if snow conditions line-up there will likely not be a slow day out at Leadville’s ski hill, especially in light of the COVID restrictions currently in-place by the Colorado Department of Public Health.
Readers and residents can learn the latest at Ski Cooper’s Annual Community Meeting, which will be held virtually on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. While the yearly gathering is generally held in late October, providing an update about operations and what the upcoming season will include, with present COVID restrictions in place by local health officials, the meeting will now take place online at www.skicooper.com. People are asked to submit questions ahead of time by emailing email@example.com.
For those readers who may not be able to tune in virtually, here are a few highlights that skiers and boarders are likely to encounter at Ski Cooper “in response to the virus and its impacts,” according to Ski Cooper management.
- All Passes (Season and Day) must be purchased in advance and online only via Cooper’s website. All Season Passes will be loaded onto a new Cooper Key Card this year and those purchased on or before November 30th will be mailed directly to you. Those Season Passes purchased after November 30th can be picked up at our new “Will-Call Window” and presented for scanning at the Port of Entry Gate, the one and only entry point for accessing Ski Cooper. Day Passes will be loaded onto your existing Cooper Key Card which you can simply present for scanning at the Port of Entry Gate. If you don’t have an existing Cooper Key Card, your Day Pass will be loaded onto a new Key Card which can be picked up at the Will-Call Window and presented for entry.
- A valid Pass is required for entry during operating hours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.), whether you are skiing, uphilling, eating in the lodge, or any other activity……think: “theme park entry”. You pay to get in regardless of what you are doing. A Pass is not required between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m. for those who would like to “uphill”. Please note that there will be no entry between 4 – 5 p.m. and between 6 – 8 a.m. This system will enable us to keep tabs on how many people are onsite, allowing us to manage our numbers and provide a good experience for all while complying with COVID restrictions per local and state requirements. It also eliminates the delay of continual scanning before each lift ride.
- You will not be permitted to bring with you through the Port of Entry Gate, items that you cannot keep on your person while skiing/riding. Items including but not limited to, backpacks, travel bags, boot bags, extra clothing, coolers, grocery bags, storage bins, food, drinks, etc. must be kept in your vehicle and not brought into the area. This will help to ensure that personal belongings are not stored in base area buildings, helping to minimize potential germ transmission hazards. If you choose to bring your own food with you (unless it fits in your pocket), you must store it in your vehicle and then return to your vehicle and enjoy your lunch or snacks there.
- Cooper will offer Ski School lessons on an individual, family, or cohort basis only – there will be no mixed groups. Lessons will be offered to those age 7 and over with meeting times at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. These lessons must be scheduled and paid for in advance, by phone only. Please note that there will be no children’s programs or daycare services this season.
- Guests will be required to wear face coverings at all indoor locations, except while sitting at table, and at outdoor locations as signage indicates (lift lines, base area plaza, base lodge deck, mountaintop yurt deck, ski & ride school meeting areas, etc.).
For more details or to have a specific question answered, see the information listed above for this Saturday’s Virtual Community Meeting or on their website.
Saturday Night Virtual Concert
While most everyone is spending way too much time on the computers these days between meetings, the news or catching up with the latest Netflix release if you’re tucked in on a Leadville Saturday night, here’s something you can put on in the background and support some of the best musicians in the region.
Beginning at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 14, the Alpine Orchestra presents ”Through The Ages.” This year due to the pandemic, the annual concert will be held virtually, being live-streamed through the musical group’s Alpine Orchestra website.
Music lovers are encouraged to tune in at 7 p.m. to hear their neighbors and friends come together to play a rousting ensemble concert of Bach, Mozart, Debussy, PDQ Bach, Grieg, and more! The event is hosted by Clearview Community Church. www.alpineorchestra.org.
About the Alpine Orchestra
According to their website, The Alpine Orchestra began as an idea for allowing local musicians to play together. The group was born May 14, 1991, when some interested people met and made a plan for the acquisition of music, rehearsal space and set a time for rehearsing. people attended the first rehearsal that June of 1991; they were in donated space with borrowed music and equipment but the orchestra was launched. The Alpine Orchestra’s first concerts followed that August and the group has been preparing and performing 3 concerts a year since. The Alpine Orchestra incorporated as a non-profit organization in December 1991.
From those first humble beginnings, the Orchestra has grown into a “family” of 40+ members, all residents of Lake and Chaffee Counties, and ranging in age from 14 to 85. Their members include people from a variety of professions, with all levels of education and musical experience. The orchestra has been led by six different conductors, acquiring valuable knowledge, skills and experience from each of them. Through generous donations from ever-growing audiences and from members themselves, the group now has several pieces of equipment and is building a moderate library of musical compositions.
As it begins its third decade, the Alpine Orchestra continues to strive for excellence in fulfilling its purpose of sharing the enjoyment of music with the community and expanding opportunities for talented young musicians.
From the Archives: 2013
The Can-Can of Caring
This year, the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive got some extra help. Organizer Mabel Bogeart’s 7-year-old grandson Adan was actively involved in the annual donation round-up that helps restock Leadville’s Food Pantries before the cold winter sets in.
“Adan was a big help this year,” stated his proud Grandmother who has been the driving force behind the charitable event now in its 14th year, held every October. And the extra helping hands are a good thing because those cans aren’t getting any lighter and based on the final report, it sounds like it was another successful year for Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
Not only did the four Leadville food pantries receives canned goods and non-perishable items for their supplies, but cash donations were also strong this year with more than $600 collected throughout the month.
“I would like to thank the Lake County Community and all the merchants for their true support in the Neighbors Helping Neighbors food drive,” said Bogeart. Of special note, Mabel reported an extra Thanks to The Friends of Twin Lakes, Twin Lakes General Store, The Leadville Elk’s Lodge #236, Saturday’s Mercantile, and the South Car Wash Retail Center.
“The generosity and support we have received were heartwarming and much needed during these times. Our success is everyone’s success!”
So thank you, Mabel! Thank you, Adan! And Thank you Leadville and Lake County for continuing to support this grassroots effort to help Leadville’s food pantries.