Winter

Great Winter Trip Ideas for Leadville-Twin Lakes

        It’s still snowing in Leadville-Twin Lakes, Colorado, with plenty of winter fun still to come! Now's the time to plan a long weekend or, better yet, a midweek visit for quiet trails. Whether you like to play in the snow or snuggle up inside, or both, you can shape a great trip made just for you. Mix and match these ideas ...

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        Why Winter in Twin Lakes Is Double the Fun

              This year, come celebrate TWIN-ter in Twin Lakes, Colorado! This tiny historic village has outsized views of Colorado’s largest glacial lakes. The state’s tallest peak, Mt. Elbert, towers overhead. And you’ll get a true small-town feel in Twin Lakes, which claims only 30 full-time residents—counting dogs and cats. Weather is often a bit warmer in Twin Lakes than in nearby Leadville, ...

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              Romantic Fun in Leadville & Twin Lakes, Colorado

                    There's plenty of romantic fun in winter in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! Check out these ideas for snowy fun, yurt adventures, sweet treats and flowers, and cozy places to dine and stay. Thinking long term? You can even hold your wedding here! : Cover photo, @freightleadville Photo: @lavidaadventures Play in the Snow Together Play in fresh winter snow at Leadville ...

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                    Top 12 Reasons to Visit Leadville-Twin Lakes in 2024

                          This year, be sure to visit Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! Here at the top of the Rockies, you'll find a wide breadth of things to do outdoors and in our genuine and historic downtowns. While the list of possibilities is nearly endless, here are our top 12 reasons to visit in 2024! Photo: @marklarowephoto 1) Watch horses pull skiers down ...

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                          Top 3 Winter Tips from Leadville Rangers

                                The backcountry near Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, is amazing in winter. But it's best if you're prepared. Because 74% of the land in Lake County is U.S. Forest Service land, here is some insight from the people who know it best—friendly rangers with the Leadville Ranger District. Their tips will help you make the most of your trip and ...

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                                9 Fine Breakfast Spots in Leadville & Twin Lakes

                                      Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, has you covered! Make sure you’re fueled for a day of adventure at the top of the Rockies with a delicious morning meal. Check out these great spots for coffee and pastries or a savory hot breakfast. Photo: @beforeandafterleadville Now Open for Breakfast Before & After ...

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                                      7 Winter Backcountry Tips

                                            If you head into the Colorado backcountry this winter, please be sure you’re prepared. Check out the resources below before you enter the backcountry. And have a fun and safe trip! Staying Safe in the Backcountry in Winter If you venture into the backcountry this winter, please do so safely. We can help! The Colorado Tourism Office has put together an ...

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                                            Learn to Ski, Snowboard, Nordic Ski & Snowshoe at Leadville-Twin Lakes

                                                  With abundant snow, Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado offer several great places to learn to downhill ski, snowboard, cross-country ski, and snowshoe. Our lessons will have you gliding happily across the snow in no time. And the scenery puts you in a winter wonderland. Ski Cooper is a fantastic place to learn to ski and ride. Its laid-back, family-friendly vibe will ...

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                                                  10 Ways to Enjoy Winter Wonderland

                                                        Visit Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, for all kinds of holiday and winter fun. Plan a weekend escape or longer vacation, and treasure your time at the top of the Rockies. Photo: @RoadhouseTwinLakes 1) Celebrate New Year's Eve with Us Start your new year a little closer to the stars! You are cordially invited to these great parties, all on Sunday, ...

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                                                        Enjoy the First Twinter in Wonderland at Twin Lakes

                                                              This holiday season visit Twin Lakes, Colorado, for a special treat. It’s the first year of Twinter in Wonderland! Twin Lakes Village will glow with holiday lights and a tree. Think high snowy mountains, wide open lakes, and sparkling lights for the ultimate holiday vibe. Plus delicious food and great local shopping. Come join us! Photo: Roadhouse Twin Lakes Join the ...

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                                                              Holiday Shopping from A-Z in Leadville and Twin Lakes

                                                                    Did you know that there is great holiday shopping at Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado? With a wide variety of locally made arts and clothing to gear, gifts, and food, you’ll be able to check off your list in no time. That leaves plenty of time to savor drinks and meals from Leadville and Twin Lakes restaurants and play in our ...

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                                                                    Join Us for the Fat Bike Worlds Jan. 26-28, 2024

                                                                          In 2024, the fat biking mecca of Leadville, Colorado, will host the Fat Bike World Championships. These races are open to anyone who loves the world of fat biking! This three-day festival celebrates the sport and riders of all levels. Be sure to join us January 26 - 28, 2024 (Friday - Sunday). You can find community with other riders and ...

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                                                                          Holiday Events in Leadville & Twin Lakes

                                                                                Visit Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, for a peaceful holiday. You'll enjoy fun holiday events and festive snow. Whether you take a weekend escape or long holiday vacation, you'll treasure your time at the top of the Rockies. Check out this list of holiday-themed events, then plan your trip! Leadville Railroad Holiday Express Nov. 19 - Jan. 21 Check the schedule ...

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                                                                                What’s New at Twin Lakes

                                                                                      As you enjoy the fabulous fall leaves, see what's new at Twin Lakes, Colorado. Check out some news, and welcome some new businesses. Here are 7 great new things to enjoy at Twin Lakes! 1) Indy Pass Pies & Patio Food Court Pizza with pizzazz, anyone? Stop by the new Indy Pass Pies for a tasty treat. You’ll find them at ...

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                                                                                      Go Fat Biking Year ‘Round in Leadville & Twin Lakes

                                                                                            Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, are renowned for having some of the world's best fat biking trails! They are so good that the Fat Biking World Championship will be held in Leadville in January 2024. The challenging terrain and incredible scenery at nearly two miles high attracts biking activists from all over. Fat biking lets you see hard-to-reach places and the ...

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                                                                                            Doo Leadville and Twin Lakes Right 💩

                                                                                                  We need your help keeping Leadville and Twin Lakes beautiful, and that means talking 💩. As numbers of happy campers, hikers, and bikers increase, so does human waste in the woods. Why Does It Matter? Of course you don’t want to leave behind a souvenir for another adventurer to discover. Even more importantly, poop in the woods can spread disease to ...

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                                                                                                  Enjoy Dark Skies at Leadville & Twin Lakes

                                                                                                        This summer, enjoy the magic of dark skies near Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. Far away from city lights, you can marvel at bright moonlight or thousands of stars. Bring a telescope to peer into the universe. Or time your visit for meteor showers and watch fireworks in space. Where to Go Consider these star-struck locations: Twin Lakes, Colorado, is a ...

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                                                                                                        Take a Spa Day in Leadville

                                                                                                              Did you know that Leadville, Colorado, offers spa services? Whether you’re tired from exploring the trails or just ready for some rest and relaxation, we have you covered. Check out these local businesses for a truly relaxing addition to your vacation. Active Kneads 130 W. 5th Street, Suite 121, inside the Post Office Soothe your body and soul with a 60-minute ...

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                                                                                                              Where to Find Local Arts and Entertainment

                                                                                                                    One more reason to visit Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, is the strong creative community. Care to kick back after a long day on the trails? Jam to some live music! Love the local history? See a play in historic venues. For a relaxing afternoon, pick up a book by a local author. And bring home the best souvenirs ever with ...

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                                                                                                                    Specials in Leadville and Twin Lakes

                                                                                                                          Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, have long been affordable. For even more savings, check out the specials below. Create a trip you'll treasure forever, at an price that's easy on your wallet! 📷: @gasperwasthere Leadville ATV Tours Explore the Rockies and take in the highest views in Colorado with Leadville ATV Tours. For $25 off all tours, use coupon code LATV. ...

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                                                                                                                          Honor Heroes at 10th Mountain Division Day

                                                                                                                                Be sure to catch a special event at Ski Cooper near Leadville, Colorado, honoring World War II heroes. The 10th Mountain Division Day celebration features a ski-down tribute to the brave ski troopers who trained at Cooper and Camp Hale in the mid-1940s and ultimately played a large role in defeating German forces. This event takes place miles from the nation’s ...

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                                                                                                                                6 Ways to Ace Your New Year’s Resolutions

                                                                                                                                      Do you have lofty New Year’s resolutions for 2023? Here’s how you can reach them at Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! Check out the list of popular New Year’s resolutions below and our fun ideas for keeping them. Come this winter to tick items off your list quickly. Or plan a trip now for later in the year to be sure ...

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                                                                                                                                      Winter Events You Don’t Want to Miss

                                                                                                                                            From biking on snow to Nordic skiing to ice fishing and cheering ski joring, you’ll find fantastic winter events in Leadville, Colorado. Mark your 2023 calendar for these winter favorites! 📸: Mark LaRowe Photography Leadville Ski Joring & Winter Sports Leadville Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend March 3-5, 2023 Downtown Leadville Cost: Free to watch Leadville Ski Joring; registration for ...

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                                                                                                                                            7 Ideas for Holiday Fun at the Top of the Rockies

                                                                                                                                                  Looking for a last-minute holiday escape? Head to Leadville and Twin Lakes, the top of the Rockies! Here are seven ideas for spectacular holidays. 📷: Fat biking by @skc1025 1) Hop Aboard the Holiday Express This year for the first time, the Leadville Railroad is extending its season into winter and offering a holiday lights train ride. Travel through the snowy ...

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                                                                                                                                                  4 Days of Active Winter Fun at the Top of the Rockies

                                                                                                                                                        Experience winter on another level at the top of the Rockies in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. This itinerary is for people who love to get outside and try new things. Find outdoor adventure on uncrowded, groomed winter trails where the snow comes early and stays late. You'll find a variety of lodging options and affordable family-friendly activities including skiing, snowmobile ...

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                                                                                                                                                        What’s New at Ski Cooper

                                                                                                                                                              Open through April 17, 2022! For a ski “resort” without the crowds and pretense, visit Ski Cooper! Enjoy authentic Colorado skiing without lift lines, high prices, high-rise condos, or hard man-made “snow.” Cooper boasts wide-open spaces in a family-friendly and affordable environment. Buy your pass today! What’s New at Ski Cooper in 2022 Welcome these new amenities for the 2021-22 ...

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                                                                                                                                                              10 Winter Adventures at Leadville & Twin Lakes

                                                                                                                                                                    If you’re seeking winter adventures, you’ll find treasures at Leadville and Twin Lakes. Discover 10 ways to have fun at the top of the Rockies! If you're headed into the wilderness, be sure to check our Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety page, and know before you go! (📷: @speters86 / Instagram) 1) Dogsled Go dogsledding! Let happy huskies pull you past ...

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                                                                                                                                                                    Dogs of Leadville & Twin Lakes

                                                                                                                                                                          In honor of National Dog Day, we'd like to share these photos of pups enjoying their time in Leadville & Twin Lakes, Colorado. Come see us and bring your furry friend! Take your doggo on a hike, to Twin Lakes or Turquoise Lake, on a Leadville Railroad ride, and much more! (Pup on train: 📷: @best.buddy.photography ...

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                                                                                                                                                                          Join Ski & Fat Bike Races – Here or at Home

                                                                                                                                                                                This winter, you can still participate in two iconic Leadville Nordic ski and fat bike races! They offer a fun way to get outside and enjoy the fresh winter air. If you can't come to Leadville, you can still participate from home. When you join the races, you’ll be helping build and maintain area trails. Help support the Leadville trails you ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                8 Great Reasons You’ll Dig Leadville & Twin Lakes History

                                                                                                                                                                                      If you'd like to learn more about Colorado's past, explore Leadville and Twin Lakes history this winter! Here, links to the past abound. From museums to winter trails to Victorian architecture, you’ll find unique character in our genuine and historic mountain towns. If you're on a ski vacation and need a break from the slopes, or your family members don't ski, ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Holiday Shopping in Town & Online

                                                                                                                                                                                            This year, you can shop from your favorite Leadville and Twin Lakes stores from the comfort of your home! The Share the Love Online Holiday Marketplace is open now until noon on Dec. 23, 2020. Shop goods and gift certificates from local artists, shops, attractions, and nonprofits. You are sure to find unique gifts that your friends and family will love. Pick ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Enjoy a Real Winter in North America’s Highest City

                                                                                                                                                                                                  [Updated Jan. 5 2020] Snow and real winter have come to Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! At 10,152’, North America’s highest-elevation city offers snow from early season through late spring. Check out our outdoor activities—all naturally socially distanced. Plus great museums and restaurants to warm you up! Ski Cooper's Wide-Open Spaces Ski Cooper, a ski “resort” without the pretense, is open ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Meet Leadville’s National Museum to Mining

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did you know that Leadville, Colorado, is home to a national museum? The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is perched in North America's highest-elevation town. Visitors often say they are surprised by the depth of this unsung museum, which tells the past, present, and future of the nation's mining. There, you can learn about mining through geology, science, historic ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        2020 Travel: Visit the Other Interlaken, at Twin Lakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you're looking for a version of Switzerland without the flight, visit the other Interlaken. No passport is needed when you travel to Twin Lakes, Colorado, and nearby Leadville! Colorado's Lake County has glacial lakes, trains, boats, and immense peaks like the Swiss Interlaken, plus a taste of the wild west. You can hike, bike, fish, snowshoe, nordic ski, camp, and ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ski Cooper Opens New Advanced Runs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    [Updated Dec. 1, 2020] Ski Cooper opened new double black diamond ski runs in early 2020! Come discover 70 skiable acres of new advanced terrain! New Tennessee Creek Basin Double Black Diamonds Meet some of the new runs: Powder Stache and Solstice: Glades with steep grades Bumpus Rumpus and Swan Song: Two of the area's eight new chutes Maverick and Viper: ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fun Things to Do in Winter in Leadville, Colorado

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Experience winter in Leadville, Colorado, for a trip you'll never forget. The highest city in North America has the best snow around, plus tons of ways to enjoy it. Watch our Colorado Public Television series to learn just how much there is to do in winter! In Leadville, City in the Clouds, we'll check out the great skiing at Ski Cooper. Discover ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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 ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                New Year’s Eve & Holiday Fun

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Start 2020 a little closer to the stars, with fun New Year's celebrations in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! Escape to North America's highest city for outdoor fun this New Year's! Ski Cooper To celebrate the holidays, bring the whole family to Ski Cooper! It's known for its laid-back, family-friendly vibe and affordable prices. Don't miss the 19 new double black ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Catch Leadville Winter Activities on Colorado Public Television

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Get a taste of winter activities in Leadville, Colorado, with special new videos from the Colorado Public Television (Channel 12) Street Level series. In the first episode of this intriguing two-part series, host Juliana Broste will explore the “City in the Clouds,” honor the famed heroes of the 10th Mountain Division, hop on a snowcat for an exciting tour on Chicago ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mosquito Pass 4WD Road

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brave the Highway of Frozen Death Leadville, Colorado, is known for extremes, and the four-wheel-drive (4WD) road over Mosquito Pass is no exception. With a high point of 13,185’, it’s the fourth-highest road in Colorado—with mountain weather to boot. Known as "The Highway of Frozen Death," it is open from July through September each year, depending on snowfall. The route requires ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy 75th Birthday, Ski Cooper!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The 2017-2018 season marked the 75th birthday of Ski Cooper and the winter of 1942-1943, when Cooper Hill first was used for ski training. Ski Cooper’s Younger Days So what happened in Cooper’s first year? The area played an important role in World War II—it served as a training ground for ski troopers who ultimately helped turn the tide of the war. ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chop, Chop: Cut Your Own $10 Christmas Tree

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For some Leadville locals, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a journey into the forest to choose and cut their own Christmas tree. You, too, can share in this time-honored tradition. For the low, low cost of $10, you can buy a permit to enter National Forest land in Lake County. Trek in old school—shouldering a saw or ax—and engage your ...

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