6 Reasons to Love Colorado’s Family Friendly Ski Cooper
Skiing is such a fun activity, whether you are a first-timer or have years of experience. Although I am no expert skier, I can’t help but enjoy the scenery, activity, and atmosphere of it all! What’s even better? Watching your 3 and 4 year old sons learn to ski for the first time. It makes my heart happy to see their little smiles!
The Ski Cooper instructors have now taught both of my toddlers to ski at 3 years old – which if you know anything about dealing with toddlers is no easy task! Our boys have participated in a mix of private lessons and group lessons with the Panda Cubs.
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In partnership with this awesome kids’ ski school and ski resort, here are 6 solid reasons why Ski Cooper’s children’s program is nothing short of the best of the best!
#1 – Hands down the most affordable prices in Colorado.
In all honesty, this was originally the main draw for us to visit Ski Cooper. Newsflash (but not really news): skiing as a family of four isn’t cheap! However, it’s hard to find excuses not to go when:
->Kids 5 and under SKI FREE
->Children’s private and group lessons are generally under $150, some under $100!
->They have things like $30 Thursdays. Where all adult lift tickets are only $30 for.the.day. WHAAT?!
In comparison, other resorts charge anywhere from $100/day to $200+/day for an adult lift ticket – that’s not including ski rentals or lessons. Children’s lessons elsewhere run from $150 up to $350+.
And there’s more!!! See additional Ski Cooper discounts and promotions.
#2 – Easy to get around and convenient amenities.
Ski Cooper is perfect for families and individuals who don’t want the hassle of parking miles away and riding a shuttle to and from the lifts. As a mom of two toddlers, proximity to the car, dining area, and bathrooms are crucial. Can I get an amen, parents? Even better, the Ski Cooper children’s center has bathrooms and cubbies for all the kids’ gear!
The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center is located just a few steps away. It has delicious food, warm hot chocolate, a cozy fireplace, snowshoe and cross country rentals, and a small tubing hill that is perfect for the littles when they get tired of skiing or are too young to ski!
#3 – Designated children’s center and ski school area.
Let’s talk about the Ski Cooper Children’s Center for just a moment. I believe this area alone is worth mentioning because of its many benefits to parents’ with small children. They have convenient bathrooms and cubbies for all the kids’ gear – snow boots, jackets, backpacks, etc.
The ski school area at Ski Cooper is a designated spot where the instructors can work with the children without any interruptions. This area is home to the longest public magic carpet in Colorado at 780 ft long! Two reasons why this is so perfect for beginners. One, this area gives the children a lengthy slope to practice actual skiing technique! The more they practice, the better they will be.
Two, I always know where my kids will be. If my husband and I run up the big mountain to ski for a minute by ourselves, we can always come back down and know exactly where the little ones will be. The peace of mind we get from knowing where our kids are and that we can trust who they are with is priceless.
#4 – Quite possibly the world’s best ski instructors.
We stumbled upon Ski Cooper’s ski school for our oldest son’s first ski lesson. We were so amazed by the knowledgeable, caring, and patient coaches, that we came back for our youngest son’s first time skiing. (We also recommend these instructors and lessons to all of our adult friends, as the adult instructors are just as good!)
As a mom, the one thing you look for when your child is trying something new is a smile. A little sign that reassures you that your child is having fun. When I couldn’t get my boys to stop smiling, I knew we had found a wonderful children’s ski program. They only want to keep skiing, it’s fun for them, and these coaches are the heart of the Ski Cooper’s learn-to-ski program. They relate to their students, on every level.
#5 – Short lines, no crowds.
One of the most important things to me with a family of four is making sure I know where everyone is all the time. At Ski Cooper there are fewer people, fewer lines, less hustle and bustle. This creates an atmosphere that is fun, laid back, and relaxing.
Instead of worrying about my kids disappearing in the crowds, I can sit and watch them ski down the mountain – or even better, ski with them down the mountain! They don’t run into other skiers, other skiers don’t run into them, I don’t run into other skiers while skiing with them (and of course taking videos on my phone ;)) – it’s pretty much the best thing ever! There is no better feeling than learning to ski while having the slopes all to yourself.
#6 – Fresh, soft, natural snow.
Situated at a base elevation of 10,500 feet, Ski Cooper only offers skiing on fresh, all-natural powder. The resort is almost above the tree line which allows for more snow, more frequently. This is perfect for first-timers and less experienced skiers. It’s far more fun to learn to ski on soft, fresh snow instead of hard, packed, icy conditions.
There are your 6 reasons to love Colorado’s family friendly Ski Cooper, and why we believe that Ski Cooper is Colorado’s best ski resort for families with small children!
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Happy Skiing with Children Friends,