Winter Fun Lined Up All Weekend in Lake County
It was only a few years ago that there weren’t many winter events in Lake County. Sure, there’s always plenty to do in the snow when you live at 10,200 feet, but there weren’t many events on the calendar that would bring people into town. But in the past few years, grassroots efforts by hard-working Leadville folks have changed all that.The High Riders Snowmobile Club is looking forward to another incredible High Altitude Snow Drags! Come and join the fun! Photo: David Hahn
This weekend is a testimony to that, with an action-packed events line-up. Take your pick, or do it all! Oh, by the way, Mother Nature agrees with the winter fun plan, and just dumped several inches of fresh snow all! But this weekend blue skies and sunshine return.
Leadville Snowshoe Marathon: Saturday, Feb 7
The second annual Leadville Snowshoe Marathon will be held tomorrow, February 7 at Mt. Massive Golf Course. The race has two options: a marathon (26.2 miles) and a half marathon (13.1 miles). The races begin and end at the Mt. Massive Golf Course and travel through some incredible back woods trails, laden with 6 inches of new snow from the storm that came through on Wednesday.
Smokey Burgess, Leadville snowshoe racer and local business-guy is the event’s organizer. Now in its second year, the word is getting out about this snowshoe event and registration has seen a jump, but Smokey said they were was still plenty of room for more racers. Cost is $75 for the marathon and $50 for the half marathon. You can register in person before the race, starting at 6:30 until race start at 8 a.m.
You can check out more details at the Leadville Snowshoe Marathon Facebook Page.
Tennessee Pass Night Jam: Winter MTB Race Series
Talk about the little “fat-tired” engine that could! The Leadville winter Mountain Bike Race Series has grown substantially since its inception in the mid-90s through the vision of Leadville’s local bike club, The Cloud City Wheelers. The series now includes four races and participation grows every year.
But local participants would most likely tell you that tomorrow’s night race is the Hometown Favorite in the series: the Tennessee Pass Night Jam. Maybe it’s because it’s a night ride. Or maybe it’s because it’s held at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center and Ty and Roxanne Hall and their staff are such good hosts. But maybe, just maybe, it’s because there’s a pretty good party after the race. And this year is no different according to race organizer Sterling Mudge. Of course, the cold brews from race series sponsor Oskar Blues is always nice after a wintery night ride through the woods. But add some live and no doubt the good times will be spinning at this tomorrow’s Tennessee Pass Night Jam race.
Oh, you want details about the actual race? You find them on the Cloud City Wheelers website: LINK.
One more thing . . . if you’ve been thinking about getting into this fat-tired sport, Leadville’s local bike shop, Cycles of Life will be providing demos all day before the race, starting at 11 a.m. at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.
Ski Cooper BoardCross/Ski Cross Races
Ski Cooper has already seen a busy week of qualifying competitions and races. These new events are part of the new partnership Ski Cooper has entered into with the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) and the United States Ski Association (USSA) to bring a Boardercross/Skiercross (SBX/SX) training and a competitive venue to the mountain. National and International teams have been training at Ski Cooper in preparation for the competitions.
Boardercross Video from Ski Cooper
The new Skicross and Boardercross training and event course on the ski mountain, are bringing some world class competitors of the sport to Cooper, which brings more attention and business to the lodge.
In addition to the economic benefit, Cooper’s “intimate” nature, also allows for the local kids to interact with some of the best mountain athletes around.
If you didn’t have a chance to catch any of the action this week, there’s still time. This weekend, Sunday, Feb.8 the REV Tour, a SBX and SX event for intermediate skiers and snowboarders will be held at Cooper. Come up to see some of the best athletes in the sport ride the competition course on Trails End.
- 10:15 a.m. – US Revolution Tour qualifier (ski/board)
- 1:30 p.m. – US Revolution Tour finals (ski/board)
Leadville High Altitude Snow Drags
The Leadville High Altitude Snow Drags Races are another great example of grassroots efforts to bring more people up to Lake County during the winter. Sponsored by the High Riders Snowmobile Club (HRSC), last year’s inaugural event brought in snowmobilers from around the state, to compete for fun and prizes. There will also be some demos available to check out, so head over to Mt. Massive Golf Course this Sunday, Feb. 8. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., racing at 10 a.m. there will be a limit of 64 contestants, with double elimination divided into three classes: under 800cc, 800 class, and pro modified classes.
There’s still time to get involved in this year’s Leadville High Altitude Snowmobile Drags contact Tom Driemeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-389-6123. Or connect with the High Riders Snowmobile Club Facebook Page.
So there you have it, just a sampling of some Winter Fun lined up for Leadville this weekend. Remember if you want to help grow Leadville and Lake County’s winter tourism, be sure to get out and support these events through your participation or be a volunteer!