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Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, say they are ready for winter arrivals, with local slopes and outdoor centers preparing for November and December openings.  Ski Cooper is set to open for ski season on December 9 according to a release from Leadville and Twin Lakes.

As Lake County prepares to move into Level Orange (high risk of COVID), Ski Cooper is requiring all season and day passes to be purchased in advance and online via

The ski resort is still waiting for their COVID plan to be approved by the local health department but is hoping for confirmation and approval by their planned December 9th opening date.

Outdoor recreation activities are open for the season, and are dependent on snowfall. Once snowfall is sufficient, 100 miles of trail throughout Leadville will be available for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, biking, and snowmobiling.

The 10th Mountain Division Huts are also open, with a number of COVID precautions. Hut capacities have been lowered with single-party reservations only and new minimum booking requirements.

The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Cookhouse and Sleep Yurts officially opened November 26 and will not be accepting online reservations.

Outdoor pods and dining

Leadville in winter. Image courtesy of

Some Leadville restaurants will also be offering outdoor pods for winter dining, and Two Mile Brewing Co. will offer winter warmers. Treeline Kitchen and Buchi Café will offer outdoor pods for the winter season.

“Our objective is to have more eating,” said Christine Street, owner of Treeline Kitchen. “We’re down to about 25 percent capacity inside. These will allow us to have six more tables available.”

The pods can seat up to 8 people and should be reserved in advance.

Lake County moved to the COVID-19 Orange level last Friday,  Nov. 20, which means there is a high risk of COVID-19 in the area. Under Orange restrictions, personal gatherings should not exceed ten people from more than two households and restaurants will be limited to 25 percent capacity or up to 50 persons.

All outdoor events and entertainment may operate at 25 percent capacity, not exceeding 75 persons, while outdoor guided services may operate at 25 percent capacity, not exceeding 10 persons.