Photo: Casey Day

Operation Overview

Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours is operated at Ski Cooper near Leadville, Colorado. It is 110 miles from Denver International Airport and approximately 35 miles from Vail, Colorado This is epic backcountry from deep powder to open bowls, steeps, and treed glades. Chicago Ridge backcountry guest’s average 10 – 12 runs a day. The Snowcat coaches are plush, and heated. The Chicago Ridge guides serve a “gourmet” lunch in our heated backcountry yurt. Après ski at the Lodge is also a tradition after a great day on the “Ridge.”

Terrain Overview

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The Bottom Line

Find some of the best Snowcat skiing and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains on Chicago Ridge. Get High, Get Deep, Get After it.


Annual Snowfall:300 inches
Exclusive Terrain:N/A
Non-Exclusive Terrain:N/A
Skiable Acres:2,640 acres
Price Range:$299/ guest, $3,000 /12 seats buyout
Seasonal Dates:Late December – Early April
Years in Business:23
Types of Cats:Bombardier
Guarantees and refund policies:If Chicago Ridge Snowcat tours cancels a tour due to weather or snow conditions, or the minimum requirement of 6 guests for a tour is not met, Ski Cooper will provide a 100 percent refund or reschedule your tour. Should there be a cancellation within your party, we require 21 days notice in order for you to receive a refund.
Down Day Activity:Skiing at Ski Cooper
Nearest Airport:Eagle, Colorado
Nearest Town:Leadville, Colorado
Lodging Amenities/Availability:Lodging in Leadville, Summit or Eagle Counties
Local BarsT-Bar at the Lodge, Pastime and Silver Dollar Bar in Leadville
Local RestaurantsThe lodge restaurant at Ski Cooper, The Grill in Leadville

(800) 707-6114