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, dancing, full moon skiing, couples’ ski deals, romantic meals in yurts, and cozy places to stay.


        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 annual event, Feb. 8 from 6-9 p.m. Taste the libations and delicious appetizers while roaming the museum. Sample Moroccan wines with Christine Whittington (aka Heady Red). Connect with other spirits with a reading from psychic medium Sarah Paige.

        Be among the first to see the museum’s new temporary exhibit, Sequencing Through Time & Place: The Carissa Mine. This unique and creative exhibit brings together dance, mixed media assemblage, and photography to intepret a historic gold mining site in Wyoming. Don’t miss the silent auction, with art, photography, entertainment tickets, gift certificates, books, jewelry, minerals, and more.

        Join the Friends of Twin Lakes for Everyone’s a Sweetheart in Twin Lakes. Share a dish and hug your friends at this potluck, and toast St. Valentine inside the historic Twin Lakes Inn & Saloon, Feb. 16 from 5:30 – 9 p.m.

        Get dressed up for the Shotgun Wedding Costume Party at Leadville’s newest event venue, FREIGHT, on Feb. 23 from 6-10 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.

        Dancing & Aerial Yoga

        Put on your dancing shoes and head to Treeline Kitchen for Salsa Sundays. Join Judah Arrington on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. to learn the basics of bachata, salsa, merengue, and cha cha. No experience needed! Class is from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a $5 cover. Social dancing is from 9:30 p.m. to close with a $3 cover. Come early for a just-for-the-two-of-you dinner. Warm yourselves by the fire pit on the patio and enjoy a delicious meal.

        Does your Valentine put your head in the clouds? Get even more of that floating feeling with partner aerial yoga on Feb. 14, from 6-8 p.m. at FREIGHT. Together, enjoy deep stretches, playful poses, and flipped fun. Stay after for wine and chocolate, another great Valentine’s pairing.

        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 Feb. 2 and 16, and March 9 and 16, from 5-8 p.m.

        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, including Colorado rack of lamb with fresh herb gremolata, lemon peppercorn rainbow trout, 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’s trails or on its own. Nordic ski and snowshoe rentals are available.

        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 ($56)! 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 a scenic snowcat ride or cat skiing for a lovely vacation.

        Full Moon Nordic Skiing

        For true romance, Nordic ski, fat bike, or snowshoe under the full moon at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center. Come Feb. 19 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for free trail passes, food and drink specials, $5 rentals, and a night to remember.

        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!