At Ski Cooper – a half hour and a world away from Vail and Breck
Hazel, 8, adds rock to a cairn originally begun by the 10th Mountain Division during World War II training

At Ski Cooper – a half hour and a world away from Vail and Breck

It feels as if I have the entire mountain with its fresh snow all to myself—and it’s Saturday. Welcome to Ski Cooper, just outside of Leadville with 39 trails and four lifts spanning 400 lift-served acres and no artificial snow

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At Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado – on a different kind of snow vacation
Horseride at Vista Verde Ranch

At Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado – on a different kind of snow vacation

I wondered when I planned this trip if my gang of grown kids, who love nothing more than tearing down those steep slopes, would like a more laid-back holiday — at least for a few days on a week-long winter trip to Colorado. I needn’t have worried.

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