Ski Joring in Leadville has been taking place since 1949. Leadville's main drag, Harrison Avenue, is buried in snow and horses (along with their rider) pull skiers at lightning speeds through a course of gates, jumps and rings. Competitors race for cash prizes, and teams are made up by a random draw. The skier is timed through the course, and penalties are assessed by missing gates or jumps, and by missing or dropping any of the rings. The competitors race for cash prizes, and teams are made up by a randon draw before the start. Ski Joring is always the first full weekend in March, and it is a good idea to book your room well in advance if you are planning on coming to either participate or spectate as the available rooms fill up fast. And...first horse down the Avenue each day will be at about 1:30 pm.
Leadville's Harrison Avenue, the main drag, is snowpacked for action all weekend long.
Participate: Ride your horse or ski. Giddy up! Register today!
Cheer: Line Harrison Avenue to catch the excitement! First horse down the avenue at noon.
Gamble: Bid on a team at the Calcutta auction at the announcers' stand on Harrison Ave.
Bring the Kids: Children can go ski joring behind a snowmobile.
Other Weekend Activities
Round out your weekend with these winter activities! At 10,200', the nation's highest incorporated city is the capital of winter:
Nordic Sprints: Ski the avenue, Friday at 7 p.m.
Night Ride – Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series – Mineral Belt Mayhem: Join a fat tire bike ride after dark on the 11-mile Mineral Belt trail ringing this historic mining town, Saturday night.
Paintball Biathlon: Ski with paintball, Sunday morning.
Downhill Skiing: Family-friendly Ski Cooper has all-natural snow, short lift-lines, and full-day lift tickets for just $52.
Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Snowmobiling: Explore nearly 100 miles of groomed trails near Leadville and at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.
Sledding: Zip down Dutch Henry sledding hill for free; tube rentals available.