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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.

      • Harrison Nordic Knockout Sprints:  Ride the snow on Leadville’s main street before the horses do. Ski the avenue under the lights, Friday at 7 p.m.
      • Shelter Dog Shuffle & SkiJor Races: Walk, run, snowshoe, or ski with your pup; Saturday.
      • Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series – Night Ride – Mineral Belt Mayhem: Join a fat tire bike ride after dark on the 11-mile Mineral Belt trail ringing this historic mining town, Saturday at 6 p.m.
      • Leadville Nordic Paintball Biathlon: Nordic skiing plus paintball at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center; Sunday.

      Dancing

      Join the time-honored ski joring Saturday night dance at the Elks Lodge at 123 West 5th St.

      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.