Romantic Fun in Leadville, Colorado

        Valentine’s Day is on the way, and there’s no shortage of romantic fun in Leadville, Colorado! Check out February parties, couples’ ski deals, romantic meals in yurts, and cozy places to stay.


        Kick off February, the month to celebrate love, with a gala to benefit furry friends. Mardi Paws takes place on Feb. 1 from 7-10 p.m. at FREIGHT. This special evening features New Orleans style entertainment and food, including a delicious King Cake. Enjoy a cash bar, masks and beads, a silent auction, and more. Funds raised will help expand the Leadville/Lake County Animal Shelter.

        Spirits in the Shaft: A Wine, Beer & Whiskey Tasting Event opens the doors of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum for a glam evening event, Feb. 7 from 6-9 p.m. Taste libations and delicious appetizers while roaming the museum. This year’s theme is the Roaring ’20s, celebrating women winning the national right to vote, flappers and gangsters, and more!

        Get dressed up for the Shotgun Wedding Costume Party at Leadville’s newest event venue, FREIGHT, on Feb. 14 from 7-10 p.m. Come as any guest of a wedding (including bride or groom). Enjoy an evening of decadence, toasting to new and enduring love. Celebrate lifelong commitments, renew vows, and dance for eternal flames. Best of all, enjoy a wedding reception you don’t need to buy a present for.

        Memorable Meals in Yurts

        Take a snowcat ride to the top of Ski Cooper for a delicious gourmet meal served in a cozy yurt. Entrée choices are salmon, New York strip, or stuffed portabella mushroom, made with locally sourced ingredients and served with local wines. After dinner, return to the base by snowcat. It’s an unforgettable experience! Mountaintop yurt dinners are offered Saturday nights through March 28.

        For a more active excursion, ski or snowshoe to a four-course dinner at Tennessee Pass Cookhouse. The trek is one mile through a snowy forest, lit by moon and stars or sparkled by falling snow. You’ll arrive at an off-grid candlelit yurt. Exquisite dinners feature several options, such as Colorado rack of lamb with with fresh mint chimichurri, barramundi with dill cream sauce, and grilled elk tenderloin with a wild blueberry and sage Port reduction. Open every night from 5-8 p.m.; advance reservations required.

        For a daytime date on a weekend, ski or snowshoe to lunch at the Cookhouse—a nice break from exploring the Nordic Center trails. Nordic ski and snowshoe rentals are available.

        Moonlit Skiing

        The snow-filled forest is magical by moonlight. Head to Tennessee Pass Nordic Center for the monthly full-moon ski. You and your sweetie can explore the moonlit trails for free. Then warm up by the Nordic Center’s fireplace with mulled cider, snacks, and live music (Feb. 7 and March 7).

        Couples’ Ski Deals

        On 2Fer Tuesday, each Tuesday in February at Ski Cooper, you and your honey can downhill ski for the price of one lift ticket ($62)! Combined with $30 Thursday and Cooper’s always-affordable prices, you can stay the whole week. Add in live music on Thursday and Saturday afternoons plus cat skiing for a lovely vacation. For an experience sure to make your heart beat faster, try Cooper’s brand-new double black diamond terrain, Tennessee Creek Basin!

        Cross-Country Ski Escapes

        Adventurous couples who love to cross-country ski can plan a fun weekend around the Leadville Loppet Nordic ski race (Sat., Feb. 15), with distances from short to long, or explore nearly 100 miles of free and low-cost groomed winter trails with breathtaking views.

        Sweet Surprises

        Bring your loved one a surprise with beautiful whimsical flowers from Leadville’s new Florista Spells Studio or goodies from the newly opened Silver Llama, from the owner of Cookies with Altitude.


        Looking for an enchanting place to tie the knot? Leadville and Twin Lakes offer the perfect blend of beauty and simplicity for a unique and wonderful day. The area’s historical roots and stunning views make it a magical place to bring together family and friends for an unforgettable event. Learn how you can have the perfect wedding in Leadville or Twin Lakes.

        Where to Eat

        Do you find romance in a candlelit dinner, takeout pizza by the fire, a spicy Mexican plate? Or do you and your honey have a favorite meal? Explore restaurants in Leadville and Twin Lakes for your special dinner!

        Where to Stay

        Escape to comfortable lodging just made for snuggling. A base camp at one of Leadville’s B&Bs, motels and hotels or hostels with private rooms lets visitors start each day by watching the sun rise over the Mosquito Range and set over Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive. Or rent a mountain cabin or vacation home just for the two of you.

        For backcountry luxury, the Tennessee Pass sleep yurts offers down comforters, wood stoves, and room service. For true privacy and a bonding adventure, plan an excursion to the Leadville Backcountry Yurts—remote, rustic yurts set at 12,000’ with mind-blowing views (for experienced backcountry skiers and snowshoers only).

        Start planning your romantic escape today!