Winter

Snow, Glorious Snow

Take a Cool Trip

If you like snow and winter sports, Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, is the place to be! Our long winters mean plenty of time to ski, skate, snowshoe, snowmobile, and more. For relaxing year-end holidays, escape to our peaceful snow-covered pines and quiet town with old-fashioned Victorian charm.

For a preview of winter fun, check out the Colorado Public Television video Leadville: City in the Clouds! Hop on a snowcat for an exciting tour on Chicago Ridge. Then join us to hit the slopes at Ski Cooper, a charming destination for an authentic, family friendly, and affordable day on the mountain. Go with host Juliana Broste to honor the famed heroes of the 10th Mountain Division.

In the series’ second video, Leadville: Be In Your Element!, join us to explore the superb fat tire biking opportunities in North America’s highest city. Learn how you can snowshoe to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse and sample its mouthwatering menu. And how you and your family can have a unique vacation in the Tennessee Pass sleep yurts–complete with a warm, restful night.

Leadville Ski Joring

Leadville, CO, United States

        March 5-6, 2022  Leadville Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend presents the unique sport of ski joring. Join us for the 74th running! 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 ...

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        Downtown Leadville

        809 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO  |  (719) 486-3900  |  Website >

              Stroll Leadville’s main street, and you’ll be surrounded by ornate architecture, colorful storefronts, and local businesses set in original Victorian buildings. Unlike other Colorado mining towns, Leadville still looks much as it did in years past, with local merchants lining the streets of historic Harrison Avenue and a down-to-earth, local vibe. National Historic Landmark District In fact, 70 square blocks of ...

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              East Side Mining District

                    Leadville’s East Side Mining District means above-treeline views of nearby mountains, miles of roads and trails, and the intrigue of mining ruins. Roam this area with wheels or on foot, and you’ll find old mining headframes peeking through the trees, timber ore houses on hillsides, and tall stacks of tailings, the crushed rock that once yielded precious metals. There's Gold (and ...

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                    Groomed Winter Trails in Leadville

                          Snow comes early and stays late in North America's highest city! Conditions are great from late fall well into May. Whether you Nordic ski, snowshoe, fat bike, or snowmobile, you'll love the groomed winter trails in historic Leadville, Colorado. Hit the motherlode! Why Leadville's Trails Are Pure Gold Low Cost: Access nearly 100 miles of trails at a great value! Groomed Regularly ...

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                          Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin

                          912 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO  |  (719) 486-0487  |  Website >

                                Discover two of Leadville's earliest houses for a glimpse of life in a booming silver-mining town. The Dexter Cabin and Healy House feature lavish Victorian furniture, including objects belonging to Horace and Augusta Tabor, and a beautiful Victorian garden. Healy House August R. Meyer's 1878 Greek Revival clapboard house was built for his bride, Emma. The home has been carefully restored ...

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                                Interlaken Resort

                                      Journey to a now-abandoned resort on the shores of Twin Lakes, called Interlaken, that you can only reach by trail or boat. At this National Historic Site maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, you can roam around the original buildings, set amidst pine trees and sage, including the two-story Interlaken Hotel built in 1879 and a state-of-the-art octagonal outhouse. You ...

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                                      Leadville Loppet

                                            Now an American Birkebeiner qualifier, the Leadville Loppet Nordic ski race is held each February as a fundraiser for Leadville's beloved Mineral Belt Trail. Bring your whole family!...

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                                            Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center

                                                  Stop by the Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center when you get to town! Chat with friendly ambassadors to learn what to see and do. We can't wait to welcome you! See us at 809 Harrison Avenue, on the north end of downtown Leadville. Winter Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p....

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                                                  Leadville National Fish Hatchery

                                                  2846 Highway 300, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-0189  |  Website >

                                                        Watch fish swish at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, built in 1889 and the nation’s second-oldest federal hatchery. Tours, Trails, and Picnics For a close-up view of the fish production process, take a self-guided tour through this brownstone building, with tanks of fish inside and out. Tours are available by appointment to organized groups. Walk the hatchery’s scenic one-mile nature trail ...

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                                                        National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

                                                        120 W 9th St, Leadville, CO 80461  |  (719) 486-1229  |  Website >

                                                              What would it be like to work in a mine, blasting rock in narrow passageways deep underground? You can imagine it at the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum. Tour replicas of caves and mines, check out the masks past miners wore to breathe and the carbide lamps that lit their way, and see photos of the people who’ve run ...

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                                                              Ski Cooper

                                                              Ski Cooper, 232 County Road 29 Leadville, CO 80461  |  (800) 707-6114  |  Website >

                                                                    Ski Cooper: Skip the Crowds, Lift Lines, and Pretense Ski Cooper is a great place to escape the crowds and take a much-needed break in the mountains. There are no crowds, lift lines, high prices, high-rise condos, or hard man-made “snow.” At Cooper, it's all about skiing and boarding in wide-open spaces! Come play in all-natural snow, on Colorado's softest ...

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                                                                    Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Cookhouse & Sleep Yurts

                                                                    Ski Cooper, Leadville, CO  |  (719) 486-1750  |  Website >

                                                                          Summer season:  June 24-Oct. 3, 2021. Please check our Facebook page for the most current updates. The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Cookhouse & Sleep Yurts has become one of Colorado's premier winter and summer destinations, offering the finest: Exquisite backcountry dining Overnight lodging, with ski-in/hike-in sleep yurts Cross-country skiing Mountain biking Summer & Winter Tennessee Pass Cookhouse A mile-long ski, snowshoe, ...

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                                                                          Timberline Trails Winter Singletrack

                                                                          Co Rd 41, Leadville, CO 80461 Website >

                                                                                Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 330' Activities: Fat bike, Nordic ski, snowshoe Equipment: Rent equipment in downtown Leadville Cost: Free * Conditions: See the latest grooming report TRAIL MAP  Why It's a Gem Located in the winter trails mecca of Leadville, Colorado, the Timberline Trails network is the perfect fat biking area. Gradual rolling terrain and reliable snow conditions, thanks to a ...

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                                                                                Winter Sports

                                                                                      Leadville, Colorado, is a winter sports mecca, set at 10,152’ where snows are plentiful. The roads into town stay plowed, so you can access trails and find freshies all winter. Whether you’re an expert skier, a first-time snowshoer, or anything in between, you’ll love winter sports in North America’s highest city. Biking: Fat bike on 100 miles of groomed winter trails ...

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                                                                                      Evansville Loop – Groomed Winter Trail – East Side Mining District

                                                                                            Trail Name: Evansville Loop Distance: 4 miles Elevation Gain: 10,800’ – 11,400’ Activities: Motorized and non-motorized: Nordic ski, fat bike, snowshoe, snowmobile, snow bike Equipment: Rent equipment in downtown Leadville Cost: Free * Conditions: See the latest grooming report for the East Side Mining District TRAIL MAP (interactive map / printable map) Check our Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Resources, especially if you ...

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                                                                                            Mt. Massive Golf Course Ski and Snowshoe Trails

                                                                                            259 County Road 5A, Leadville, CO 80461

                                                                                                  Trail Name: Mt. Massive Golf Course Distance: 17km of skate and classic trails, groomed daily Elevation Gain: Minimal; golf course elevation is 9,860’ Activities: Non-motorized: Nordic ski, snowshoe Overall Difficulty Rating: Green Equipment: Rent equipment at the course or in downtown Leadville Lessons: Learn from Dan Batwinas, USSA Level 200 Cross Country Ski Coach. Free to members. RSVP to 970-640-4811. Cost: Suggested ...

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                                                                                                  Mineral Belt Trail – Groomed Winter Trail

                                                                                                        Trail Name: Mineral Belt Trail Distance: Loop of 11.6 miles, with numerous access points Elevation Gain: 9,900' - 10,600' Activities: Non-motorized: Nordic ski, skate ski, snowshoe, fat bike, walk Difficulty Rating: Blue Equipment: Rent equipment in downtown Leadville Cost: Free * Conditions: See the latest grooming report. TRAIL MAP Why It’s a Gem This trail loops the city of Leadville, ...

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                                                                                                        Stumptown Loop – Groomed Winter Trail – East Side Mining District

                                                                                                        Co Rd 3, Leadville, CO 80461

                                                                                                              Trail Name: Stumptown Loop Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 11,000’ – 11,400’ Activities: Motorized and non-motorized: Nordic ski, fat bike, snowshoe, snowmobile, snow bike Equipment: Rent equipment in downtown Leadville Cost: Free * Conditions: See the latest grooming report for the East Side Mining District TRAIL MAP (interactive map / printable map). Check our Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Resources, especially if ...

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                                                                                                              Tennessee Pass Nordic Center – Groomed Winter Trails

                                                                                                                |  (719) 486-1750  |  Website >

                                                                                                                    Trail Name: Tennessee Pass Nordic Center Distance: 27 kilometers (nearly 17 miles) of set track and wide skate lanes Activities: Non-motorized: Nordic ski, skate ski, snowshoe, fat bike Difficulty Rating: Mostly green and blue, with some black Equipment: Select classic XC skis, skate skis, fat bikes, or snowshoes from the Nordic Center’s well-stocked rental program. Lessons: Private and group lessons! Please ...

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