Winter Races in Leadville, Colorado

        This winter, race to Leadville, Colorado, to test your mettle in a wide array of winter sports! When the snow flies, you can zip through backcountry alpine touring, fat bike, mushing, and Nordic ski races. Come for the Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby and Leadville’s famed Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend!

        The nation’s highest-elevation city, Leadville is a top spot for winter races. No matter what your favorite sport is, we have an event for you.

        Backcountry Alpine Touring

        We regret to inform you that the Father Dyer Postal Route Backcountry Ski Race has been cancelled for 2019. Please read the letter from the race director for more information.

        Please join us for nearly 100 miles of groomed winter trails! Mt. Massive Golf Course offers new groomed Nordic ski trails this year. Combined with the Mineral Belt Trail, the Turquoise Lake Loop, The East Side Mining District, and the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, there are endless possibilities for Nordic skiing and fat biking. Sunday, April 7th, is closing day at Ski Cooper and is always a fun day of skiing and celebrating the end of the Cooper season. When avalanche conditions subside, there will be limitless backcountry and ski mountaineering objectives.

        Fat Bike

        Feb. 9 – Winter Mountain Bike Series – WinterBike @ Copper Mountain
        A night ride at nearby Copper Mountain!

        March 2 – Winter Mountain Bike Series – Mineral Belt Mayhem
        Ride Leadville’s famed Mineral Belt Trail at night!

        March 16 – Winter Mountain Bike Series – Fatty Paddy 50k
        Enjoy a day exploring Leadville’s East Side Mining District, full of historical mining sites and jaw-dropping mountain views.

        April 20 – Winter Mountain Bike Series – East Side Epic
        A chance to roll through Leadville’s historic and scenic East Side Mining District.

        Ice Fishing

        Feb. 9-10 – Ice Fishing Derby at Twin Lakes
        Last year, more than 200 people joined the region’s longest competitive ice-fishing derby! Spend two days ice fishing at scenic Twin Lakes, and you could bring home your biggest fish (and fish tales) ever, plus competition prizes, bucket prizes, and raffles.

        Mushing / Dog Sledding & Dog Ski Joring

        Feb. 2-3 – Mt. Massive Mush 1
        Dog sled or dog skijor one- to eight-mile courses on soft rolling terrain with astounding mountain views.

        Feb. 23-24 – Mt. Massive Mush II
        Dog sled or dog skijor one- to eight-mile courses on soft rolling terrain with astounding mountain views.

        March 2 – Shelter Dog Shuffle & SkiJor Race
        Walk, run, snowshoe, or ski with your pooch! Pups don’t have to be shelter dogs to participate.

        Nordic Ski

        Feb. 16 – Leadville Loppet
        Tour Leadville’s famed Mineral Belt Trail while it’s groomed for winter! This is a fun day of freestyle (skate) or classic skiing in 10k, 22k, and 44k races, a 5K Costume Party Fun Race/Tour, and a chance to qualify for the American Birkebeiner.

        March 1 – Harrison Nordic Knockout Sprints
        Ski Leadville’s main street at night, before the ski joring horses do.

        March 3 – Leadville Nordic Paintball Biathlon
        Nordic skiing plus paintball at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.


        Feb. 3, March 24, and March 30 – Cooper Cup
        Win a medal for your best time in the Cooper Cup Alpine Ski Race Series, a public race at Ski Cooper open to alpine skiers, telemark skiers, and snowboarders of all ages. Register on race day between 9 and 11 a.m.; timed runs start at noon, and awards parties follow each race. Like everything at Ski Cooper, it’s affordable–only $5 for kids to age 14 and $10 for ages 15 and up.

        Ski Joring

        March 1-3 – Leadville Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival Weekend
        Okay, so you need a lot of experience to enter this one, but everyone can catch a thrill just from watching horses thunder down Leadville’s snowpacked main street, pulling skiers over jumps. In this timed competition, skiers must spear rings with one arm, while holding onto a rope attached to a horse galloping up to 40 miles per hour. Whew! Be sure to check out the many other races and activities on this special weekend devoted to winter sports!

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