2014 Leadville Ski Joring Weekend


Ski Joring in Leadville


One part Old West and one part extreme sports, Leadville celebrates winter with its annual ski joring weekend, Feb. 28 – Mar. 2, 2014
Spectators can cheer for their favorites as horse-and-rider teams pull skiers over jumps on snow-packed Harrison Avenue through historic downtown Leadville. Visitors can also watch or join in Nordic sprints, a winter mountain bike race and a paintball biathlon, or hit the slopes or trails to enjoy the bountiful snow.

Hoof beats will once again echo through the streets of historic downtown Leadville, Colo., during the 65th annual ski joring weekend, Feb. 28 – Mar. 2, 2014. Leadville, the highest incorporated city in North America and one of Colorado’s longest-lived mining boomtowns, has been hosting ski joring competitions since 1949. The event, which consists of horse-and-rider teams pulling skiers down a snow-packed road over jumps while spearing rings in a timed competition, draws teams from all over the country.

leadville winter mountain bike raceA variety of competitions rounds out the weekend, including Nordic sprints, a winter mountain bike race and a paintball biathlon. Visitors can also enjoy sledding, skating, Nordic skiing, downhill skiing and riding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in Leadville and nearby Twin Lakes, which are both measuring recent snowfall in feet rather than in inches. The family-friendlySki Cooper and Chicago Ridge ski area offers affordable prices, all-natural snow and short lift-lines, with full day lift tickets for just $47. Leadville’s main thoroughfare, Harrison Avenue, and its side streets are lined with antique and specialty shops, restaurants, museums and galleries, offering visitors a bite to eat, a warm drink or a shopping break during the events. Click for directions to Leadville.

girl ski joring in leadvilleThis year’s ski joring event will include three classes on Saturday and again on Sunday: the Open Class, for experienced competitive teams; the Sport Class, for beginners; and the Legends Class, for experienced teams who are getting a little long in the tooth for the Open Class. Skiers must prequalify to compete in the Open Class. On Saturday and Sunday mornings at approximately 10 a.m., kids can also try their hand at ski joring behind a snowmobile for just $5 a ride.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Feb. 28

6:30 p.m. - Harrison Avenue Knock-Out Nordic Sprints — 400-meter sprints under the lights; $3 entry fee; meet at Melanzana at 609 Harrison Ave. Race begins at 7.

Saturday, Mar. 1

All Day - Free sledding on Dutch Henri Sledding Hill — Bring your own tube or plastic sled anytime from dusk to dawn, or rent a tube for $7 per hour from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

7 – 11 a.m. - Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Advocates of Lake County at the Elks Lodge at 123 W. 5th St.; fees are $6 for adults and $3 for kids.

8 – 10:30 a.m. Ski joring registration at the Elks Lodge, 123 W. 5th St.

10 a.m. Kids’ ski joring — Kids can try ski joring behind a snowmobile for $5 a ride. Registration for kids is at Harrison Ave. and 8th St. Fun runs at 10 a.m.; timed competitions at 11 a.m.

11 a.m. - Ski joring draw and Calcutta — Immediately following the kids’ ski joring; teams draw for time slots, followed by Calcutta Sale.

1:30 p.m.* - Ski joring competitions usually begin around 1:30 p.m. and last for two hours.

3:30 – 9 p.m. - Leiter Ice Skating Rink — Admission $2.25; skate rentals are $1 for kids; $2 for adults.

5 p.m. - Mineral Belt Mayhem Winter Mountain Bike Race — An 11-mile loop on Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail at night; registration and check-in at 5 p.m. at Cycles of Life, 309 Harrison Ave.; race starts at 7 p.m.

8:30 p.m. - Live music and dance at the Elk’s Lodge, 123 W. 5th St.

Sunday, Mar. 3

All Day - Free sledding on Dutch Henri Sledding Hill — Bring your own tube or plastic sled anytime from dusk to dawn, or rent a tube for $7 per hour from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

7 – 11 a.m. - Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Advocates of Lake County at the Elks Lodge at 123 W. 5th St.; fees are $6 for adults and $3 for kids.

8 – 10:30 a.m. Ski joring registration at the Elks Lodge, 123 W. 5th St.

10 a.m. Kids’ ski joring — Kids can try ski joring behind a snowmobile for $5 a ride. Registration for kids is at Harrison Ave. and 8th St. Fun runs at 10 a.m.; timed competitions at 11 a.m.

10 a.m. - 7th Annual Leadville Paintball Biathlon — Kids’ 1K at 10 a.m.; 5K at 11 a.m.; 10K at noon; fees are $5 for kids’ race and $15 for 5K and 10K; at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.

11 a.m. - Ski joring draw and Calcutta — Teams draw for time slots, followed by Calcutta Sale.

1:30 p.m.* - Ski joring competitions usually begin around 1:30 p.m. and last for two hours.

3:30 – 9 p.m. - Lake County Ice Skating Rink — Admission $2.25; skate rentals are $1 for kids; $2 for adults.

*Exact timing of ski joring events depends on the number of participants.

Ski joring is a dog-free event. Call 719-486-2014 for information about dog daycare and boarding.

Located in the center of Colorado, 103 miles west of Denver and 129 miles northwest of Colorado Springs, Leadville is known for its affordable lodging, rich history, Victorian architecture, friendly small-town atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Go to
http://www.visitleadvillecolorado.com or call 855-488-1222 for more information.

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