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Cooper Spur Resort Reviews

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Cooper Spur Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Cooper Spur Ski Resort

  • March 24, 2011
    from United States

    Have you been to Cooper Spur Mountain Resort lately? WOW ... what a nice little Pacific Northwest Resort!! There is a new management team with a very friendly staff. The Cabins, Condos and Lodge Rooms are clean and welcoming! The Restaurant is quaint with a roaring fire and good food!! The outdoor hot tubs are a plus for star-gazing :) The Ski and Tubing Area has had great snow this year and the Ski Lodge is a wonderful gathering place for friends and family. Lodging is available year-round for hikers and bikers as well. If you are looking for a wonderful pacific northwest experience or just looking to get out of Portland ... give them a try. 541-352-6692

  • Cooper Spur Ratings

    Overall: 2.2. Based on 2 votes and 5 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.5

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Cooper Spur.

    Public Transport: 1.0

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Cooper Spur, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 2.5

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 3.0

    (1) No places to stay in/near Cooper Spur, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 2.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 1.0

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Cooper Spur.

    Ski in/Ski out: 1.5

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 1.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Cooper Spur, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 1.5

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Cooper Spur is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 1.0

    (1) Cooper Spur relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 3.5

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Cooper Spur, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Cooper Spur are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 4.5

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Cooper Spur is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 3.5

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Cooper Spur, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 1.0

    (1) Cooper Spur usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 2.5

    (1) The staff at Cooper Spur are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Cooper Spur are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.0

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.0

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 3.0

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 2.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Cooper Spur has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 4.0

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 3.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Cooper Spur, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 1.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 2.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Cooper Spur, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 1.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 4.0

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Cooper Spur, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 4.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Cooper Spur has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 2.0

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 2.0

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 1.0

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 1.0

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 1.0

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 1.0

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 2.0

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 2.5

    (1) Overall, Cooper Spur is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 2.0

    (1) Overall, Cooper Spur is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • December 13, 2010
    from United States

    The cabins at Cooper Spur are comfortable for a family vacation. The slope at Cooper Spur is good for learning and tune-ups at a family friendly price. Guests at the cabins get a discount on Meadows tickets. If you're looking for a place to relax, check out the Spur. If you need a dose of insanity, head to the Meadows or Timberline, but then you'll be ready for the quiet retreat afforded by a very nice small resort. It's a family run operation, so don't expect Motel 6.

    09-10 was a snow-failure year, but 05-06, 06-07, 07-08 and 08-09 all had good snow by Christmas. 09-10 started with a bang, but last week there was a significant melt. 24 inches and temps in the low 20s for the upcoming week portend another nice Christmas.

  • December 10, 2008
    from United States

    Hey folks, Cooper Spur is what it is. It is a great place to learn to ski. Other than that, it is not all that special. Cooper Spur is not a resort. There are a few cabins, but you have to shuttle to the slopes. And at the slope, there is only a snack bar and a restroom, so don't set your sights high. But it certainly fitted into a budget last season. We were able to do the family pass for the year and got in about 10 days and really got our money's worth. But where else can you go and get a lift ticket and rentals for $30? It is the baby brother to Mount Hood Meadows. Go to Cooper Spur to learn for the first time. Or even to work on your technique on the cheap. Their lessons don't end until you learn to do it. How great is that. We are not beginners, but our family found it to be a great tune up before our annual trip to Colorado. Dust off the cobwebs, as it were. My wife who normally is pretty scared, got some good experience and was able to negotiate much more terrain in Colorado. In essence, the small investment at Cooper Spur made her time in Colorado much more fulfilling.
    Use Cooper Spur for what it is intended for, a place to learn without the big price tag. The 07-08 season had lots of snow which helped quite a bit. This 08-09 season has not had any yet so that might put the dampers on Cooper Spur.

  • January 06, 2008
    from United States

    Stay in Hood River, OR. Very nice little town with nice restaurants and shopping. Hood River Inn is a big hotel on the river with a nice restaurant. Hood River Hotel is a quaint antique-style hotel that is right downtown. Comfort Suites is a nice budget option. Lots of smaller hotels in town. Can also ski at Mt Hood Meadows, both are 45min or so from town.

  • November 23, 2007
    from United States

    Skiers be warned !!!
    The Cooper Spur Resort in Cooper Spur Oregon is quite possibly the worst ski resort I've been to in 15 years of skiing. Although the snow quality there is nice, the staff were horrible. We had a complaint about a smell coming from our room and the staff wouldn't even come to our room to look into the matter. When we asked if we could have a different room, the manager told us that they were full (even though the cleaning lady (the following morning) told us they had several empty rooms. When we asked for a customer satisfaction review form, the manager told us they didn't have any and that we could just address any concerns to her. Since she was one of the problems, we left feeling that we had no recourse (other than this).
    Again, the snow quality was pretty good, but the dated, over-priced rooms, and the extremely rude staff made my stay at Cooper Spur Resort the worst ski trip of my life.

    Karen F.