The Father Dyer Postal Route is a ski mountaineering team race along the highest backcountry course in North America. It takes racers up three peaks over 12,000′, including Centennial 13er Dyer Mountain (13,855’), and involves three demanding backcountry ski lines. The course is roughly 25 miles long and includes approximately 6,500′ of vertical gain (and loss).
Held in the Mosquito Range just east of Leadville, Colorado, the race is named after John Lewis Dyer, who in the late 1800s regularly crossed this range on skis as a minister and postal carrier to the mining camps in Alma and Leadville.
The event is a fundraiser for the Leadville High Riders Snow Trails Association (501c3) in conjunction with the Lake County Winter Trails Committee. Profits from the race go to supporting winter trails maintenance and development in the Leadville area.