Leadville Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival Weekend

Leadville Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival Weekend

Leadville, CO, United States

      March 6-8, 2020

      At the 2020 Leadville Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend, see the unique sport of ski joring and join mountain bike and Nordic ski races, a paintball biathlon, and umpteen other kinds of winter fun!

      What Is Ski Joring?

      Leadville Ski Joring is an action-packed sport where a horse and rider race down snow-packed Harrison Avenue in Leadville’s downtown, pulling a skier who’s holding onto a rope. As the horse gallops, the skier flies over jumps and spears rings set up along certain parts of the course. It’s a thrilling event to watch or join!

      You can ride your horse or ski, bid on a team at the Calcutta auction, or line up on Harrison Avenue to watch the excitement! Kids can get in on the action, too, and try ski joring behind a snowmobile. Watch the horses and skiers on Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. both days! (Please, no dogs or drones at ski joring.)

      It’s a Winter Race Extravaganza!

      Every bit as fun as ski joring is the Crystal Carnival part of the weekend, with unique races guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

      Backcountry Film Festival

      A Backcountry Film Festival on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Periodic Brewing will get you stoked for a wintry weekend!


      Join the Crystal Contra Dance at FREIGHT, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.–the perfect dance for anyone who can tell right from left and follow instructions! Or join the time-honored ski joring Saturday night dance at the Elks Lodge at 123 West 5th St.

      Ski-Down Tribute to 10th Mountain Division Heroes

      Start your ski joring weekend on Friday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m., watching a special ski-down tribute at Ski Cooper honoring the 10th Mountain Division. These U.S. Army soldiers trained at cold, high Cooper Hill and nearby Camp Hale in the early 1940s, at the Army’s only camp dedicated to training soldiers for winter mountain warfare. The brave ski troopers helped turn the tide of World War II in the mountains of Italy and later returned to launch Colorado’s modern-day ski industry. Join veterans and their descendants in honoring these brave men!

      Even More Winter Sports

      Not ready to race? You can still round out your weekend with winter activities galore. At 10,152′, the nation’s highest incorporated city has the best outdoor fun.