Winter

Snow, Glorious Snow

Take a Cool Trip

If you like snow and winter sports, you can’t do much better than Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado. Our long winters mean plenty of time to ski, skate, snowshoe, snowmobile, and more! For a relaxing holiday, and escape to our peaceful snow-covered pines and quiet town with old-fashioned Victorian charm.

For a preview, check out two recent features by Colorado Public Television, Ch. 12 and its Street Level series!

In the first video of this intriguing two-part series, host Juliana Broste will take you along to honor the famed heroes of the 10th Mountain Division. We will hop on a snowcat for an exciting tour on Chicago Ridge. Then we’ll hit the slopes at Ski Cooper, a charming destination for anyone up for an authentic, family friendly, and affordable day on the mountain.

In the second episode, we will explore the superb fat tire biking opportunities in North America’s highest city. We’ll snowshoe to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse and sample its mouthwatering menu. We’ll end with a restful night at the Tennessee Pass sleep yurts.

Leadville Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival Weekend

Leadville, CO, United States

        March 1-3, 2019 At the 2019 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 ...

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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

                          Did you know that there are nearly 100 miles of groomed winter trails near Leadville? And that most are free? See where you can go cross-country skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, and snowmobiling. Want company? Find upcoming races and events on our calendar! Overview map: Shows trail networks and maps. 5 Free Trail Systems See the latest grooming and trail conditions ...

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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. ...

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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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                                            Mineral Belt Trail

                                            Mineral Belt Trail, U.S. 24, Leadville Website >

                                                  On Leadville’s famous Mineral Belt Trail, you can see the tops of the towering Sawatch mountains and remnants of 1880s silver mines, all on a paved, 11.6 mile loop around town. Did you know the Guggenheims made their fortune in Leadville? See the headframe where they struck the motherlode, original cribbing and pools from the mining days, and unobstructed views ...

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                                                  National Mining Museum and Hall of Fame

                                                  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 >

                                                              Open Dec. 1 & 2, 2018, and Dec. 8, 2018 - April 7, 2019 Ski Cooper is a different kind of ski resort. It’s not like the mega resorts—no crowds, lift lines, pretension, high prices, high-rise condos, or hard man-made “snow.” Instead, it offers soft all-natural snow, terrain variety for everyone, a down-to-earth atmosphere, a family-friendly vibe, smiling faces, great ...

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                                                              Tennessee Pass

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

                                                                    The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Cookhouse & Sleep Yurts has become one of Colorado's premier winter and summer destinations, offering the finest in cross-country skiing and mountain biking, exquisite backcountry dining, and the coziest of overnight accommodations with ski-in/hike-in sleep yurts. Tennessee Pass Nordic Center Overlooking the stunning Sawatch Mountains, our spacious Nordic center is your gateway to all-day winter fun. ...

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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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                                                                          Year-End Holidays

                                                                                Escape the holiday rush for a peaceful, old-fashioned getaway high in the Colorado Rockies. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or are looking for a relaxing New Year’s Eve, you can find plenty of holiday spirit in Leadville. Enjoy small-town charm while browsing downtown shops for locally made gifts. Join the merriment on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, for ...

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