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.


      Join the time-honored ski joring Saturday night dance at the Elks Lodge at 123 West 5th St. Or the First Friday Contra Dance at FREIGHT!

      Backcountry Film Festival

      Celebrate the human-powered winter experience at the Backcountry Film Festival. Enjoy films of adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, and ski culture. Plus beer from North America’s highest brewery, Saturday at 7 p.m. at Periodic Brewing.

      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.