5 Ways to Snowshoe Leadville, Colorado

        It’s snowing in Leadville, Colorado, and it’s time to play outside. There’s nothing better than strapping on snowshoes and tromping through the fluffy stuff! Here in North America’s highest city, at 10,152′, the snow’s so great that we were chosen to host the 2020 Dion Snowshoes US National Snowshoe Championships!

        Whether you’re a seasoned snowshoe racer or it’s your first time on snowshoes, here are five ways you can enjoy our champion snow this winter.

        1) Race the Championships

        The 20th anniversary of the USSSA nationals takes place Feb. 28-March 1, 2020, on the forested trails at Colorado Mountain College Leadville. At the 2020 Dion Snowshoes US National Snowshoe Championships, racers can test their mettle in the rare air at 10,152’. The championships offer something for everyone—5k and 10k races and a 10k relay. Don’t miss the big party on Saturday night!

        2) Enter the Citizens Race

        Looking for a more relaxed event? Try the 5k Citizens Race, part of the championships and open to everyone! You, too, are encouraged to join the celebration on Saturday night!

        3) Do the Colorado Cup or a Fun Run

        New to snowshoe racing? Check out a fun, unconventional mix and match ski/snowshoe relay race (Dec. 21). Or come to the Colorado Cup (Jan. 25) for snowshoe sprints and a snowshoe medley relay. There’s also a fat bike race.

        4) Bring the Kids

        Little ones can zoom along at the Kids Funshoe (Colorado Cup, Jan. 25) and the Kids Kilo (Dion Snowshoes Championships, Feb. 28-March 1).

        5) Explore Leadville’s 100 Miles of Groomed Winter Trails

        Open all winter long, Leadville’s groomed winter trails give you excellent above-treeline views with easy access just outside of town, a chance to see Turquoise Lake in its icy glory, and paths through forests and past historic mining structures. On many of our trails, you can also Nordic ski, fat bike, and snowmobile.

        Rent Snowshoes

        No snowshoes? Rent them in town, at Leadville Outdoors.

        Make a Weekend of It

        Before or after your race, take the time to enjoy the area!

        • Go dogsledding, sliding behind a pack of frisky huskies, with jaw-dropping mountain views.
        • For your inner daredevil, try snowzipping. Launch off a platform at 11,200’ and fly above the frozen landscape, with views of Colorado’s highest peaks.
        • Ski or board the slopes at Ski Cooper, an uncrowded, family friendly resort. This year, check out 19 new advanced trails!
        • Explore the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and the Healy House, for fascinating local history.
        • Enjoy dining at Leadville and Twin Lakes, and rest easy with our many comfortable places to stay.

        Plan your winter getaway today!