|Map from Channel 4, Denver.|
So it was a shock to read that Ski Cooper, up on Tennessee Pass at the top end of the Arkansas River drainage, still has not opened.
Owned by the city of Leadville, Cooper developed from the 10th Mountain Division's World War 2 training area. It relies on natural snow—and usually has plenty.
Just the opposite of last year, when there was good snow up high but nothing here in the foothills until January—and then not enough.
Spring is always "the decider."
UPDATE: Ski Cooper to open December 24th, 2011.