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Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours

is located at Ski Cooper, nine miles north of Leadville, Colo., on Highway 24. Leadville is 23 miles from Copper Mountain and 113 miles from Denver International Airport. Catskiing day trips, offered mid-December to early April on 2,500 acres of terrain, cost $234 per person, including guides, avalanche beacons, lunch and après-ski beers.

Equipment

Bombardier MP snowcat with heated 12-passenger cab. (Don't forget to bring your own CDs.)

Lodging

Leadville's quaint, 13-room Leadville Country Inn ($70-$158 per room, 719-486-2354, leadvillebednbreakfast.com) has an outdoor hot tub and private baths in most rooms.

Information

719-486-2277, skicooper.com/chicago

DECEMBER 2004