2020 DION US National Snowshoe Championships

2020 DION US National Snowshoe Championships

        Join us for the Highest USSSA National Championships Ever!

        Feb. 28-March 1, 2020

        North America’s highest city, Leadville, Colorado

        Test your mettle in the rare air at 10,152′. The ultimate challenge from the United States Snowshoe Association, this race will put you on top of the world! Held at Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville campus, this course takes you through lush lodgepole pine forests with unparalleled views. Colorado’s highest peak, Mt. Elbert (14,443′), and the second highest, Mt. Massive (14,421′), tower to the west. You can see them easily from downtown and portions of the race course.

        Colorado Mountain College Leadville logoSaturday races:
        Junior (19 and under) 5K
        Men’s 10K
        Women’s 10K
        Citizen’s race (5K – open to anyone)
        Kids Kilo

        US Snowshoe National Championships logoSunday race:
        4×2.5K relay (10K total)

        January 25, 2019
        Colorado Cup (please check back for details and registration)

        We are excitedly planning scenic and challenging race courses for you. Here’s a sneak preview of the 5K/10K course.

        Things to Do

        We’re excited to welcome you to Leadville! At 10,152′, it’s the highest-elevation city in North America. You can check off a bucket list item just by visiting!

        Come early or stay late to enjoy the area! Ski or snowboard at uncrowded, family friendly Ski Cooper just 20 minutes away. While you’re there, take a scenic cat tour to the top of Chicago Ridge or go cat skiing. Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, and Copper Mountain resorts are all within an hour’s drive.

        A true winter playground, Leadville also offers nearly 100 miles of free groomed trails! You can snowshoe, Nordic ski, fat bike, and snowmobile within minutes of downtown. Go dogsledding or snow ziplining. Or ice fish on nearby Twin Lakes or Turquoise Lake, all large glacial lakes surrounded by mountains.

        A former Silver Rush boomtown, Leadville has plenty of 1880s mining history. Warm up at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, known as the Smithsonian of the Rockies for its rich collections. Shop, dine, and grab a drink in our downtown National Historic Landmark District.

        Getting to Leadville

        Getting to Leadville, Colorado, is easy! You can fly into Denver, Colorado, on most major airlines. Then rent a car for a straight-shot drive out I-70, with the last 20 miles on the Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway. Or explore our shuttle options. The trip from the airport should take about two hours in good road conditions.

        Where to Stay

        Best of all, it’s affordable to stay in Leadville. Choose a cozy B&B or rental cabin or vacation home. Or a comfy hotel, motel, or hostel, at prices way below those in typical resort towns.

        For help planning your trip, check out our Visitor Guide. And get pysched to race up here in the sky!