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Leadville Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival Weekend

Leadville Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival Weekend

Leadville, CO, United States

      March 2-4, 2018

      At the 2018 Leadville Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend, see the unique sport of ski joring and join mountain bike and Nordic ski races, a paintball biathlon, and umpteen other kinds of winter fun!

      What Is Ski Joring?

      Leadville Ski Joring is an action-packed sport where a horse and rider race down snow-packed Harrison Avenue in Leadville’s downtown, pulling a skier who’s holding onto a rope. As the horse gallops, the skier flies over jumps and spears rings set up along certain parts of the course. It’s a thrilling event to watch or join!

      You can ride your horse or ski, bid on a team at the Calcutta auction, or line up on Harrison Avenue to watch the excitement! Kids can get in on the action, too, and try ski joring behind a snowmobile.

      It’s a Winter Race Extravaganza!

      Every bit as fun as ski joring is the Crystal Carnival part of the weekend, with unique races guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

      Backcountry Film Festival

      Returning for its second year is the 13th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, a series of short films that celebrate the winter human-powered backcountry experience. Enjoy features on adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture, and more at this encore performance! Films start at 7 p.m. at Periodic Brewing, 115 E 7th St. in Leadville.

      10th Mountain Day

      Come early on Friday, March 2, for 10th Mountain Day and celebrate Ski Cooper‘s 10th Mountain Division heritage in Cooper’s 75th anniversary season. Troops that trained for World War II at Cooper return for this annual event supported by descendants and current military. At noon, a parade of flags carried by skiers comes down the Molly Mayfield run on Cooper’s front face as a special tribute. Learn more about the 10th Mountain  Division and Camp Hale.

      Even More Winter Sports

      Not ready to race? You can still round out your weekend with winter activities galore. At 10,152′, the nation’s highest incorporated city has the best outdoor fun.

      Music & More

      Check out these places to hear music all weekend long:

      FRIDAY, MARCH 2

      DJ Spaceboy – Songs of ice, snow, and crystals
      Wilde’s Green Hour
      313 Harrison Ave.
      8 p.m.

      Karaoke Friday with Girl Play DJ
      Leadville’s Historic Pastime Bar and Cafe
      120 W. 2nd St.
      9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

      Groovespeak
      The Scarlet
      326 Harrison Ave.
      9 p.m.

      SATURDAY, MARCH 3

      Pancake Breakfast
      The Elks Lodge
      123 W. 5th St.
      7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

      First Annual Ski Joring Rooftop and Patio Party
      Treeline Kitchen
      615 Harrison Ave.
      11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

      Leadville Ski Joring = Periodic Beer Pouring
      115 E. 7th. St.
      Noon – 9 p.m.

      Live Music – George Finnell and Sam Galey
      Katie O’Rourke’s at Ski Cooper
      232 County Road 29
      3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

      Live Music with Ryan Ruegg
      Wilde’s Green Hour
      313 Harrison Ave.
      8 p.m.

      Country Night at the Pastime
      Leadville’s Historic Pastime Bar and Cafe
      120 W. 2nd St.
      9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

      SUNDAY, MARCH 4

      Pancake Breakfast
      The Elks Lodge
      123 W. 5th St.
      7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

      Live Music with Ryan Ruegg at Brunch
      Wilde’s Green Hour
      313 Harrison Ave.

      First Annual Ski Joring Rooftop and Patio Party
      Treeline Kitchen
      615 Harrison Ave.
      11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

      Leadville Ski Joring = Periodic Beer Pouring
      115 E. 7th. St.
      Noon – 9 p.m.

      See more details and other happenings near this festival weekend!