Saddle-Up, Cowboys (and Girls!) It’s Show Time!
Step right up, Ladies and Gentlemen, as Leadville, Colorado brings you the best little Wild West show west of the Mississippi. That’s right, they are putting the snow back onto the avenue, a state highway, no less. They’re bringing it in by the truck load, starting before dawn today.
And just what are they going to do with all the fresh, beautiful snow? Well, they are going to build a world-class Ski Joring race course the likes of which America has never seen. They’ve already starting building the course for this weekend’s main event: Leadville Ski Joring.
As usual when it comes to weekends like this, things are a bit fluid, so Leadville Today (LT) will do its best to bring the most accurate information on happenings throughout the weekend. So check back often for any updates.
In the meantime, LT will also be “admin’ing” the Leadville Ski Joring (LSJ) Facebook Page. This was a great, real-time exchange last year, allowing ski joring team and race results to be conveyed to spectators, competitors, and fans “watching ” from a different city or state. Plus those in attendance shared their photos and video! Last year, Leadville Ski Joring’s social media interaction topped out just shy of 10,000 people engaging – at the same time – on Saturday afternoon about an incredible event happening in downtown Leadville.
You can help beat that number this year! Like the LSJ page, take pictures, post them and we’ll share them with the crowds. We’ll also be engaging on Twitter via the @LeadvilleToday handle since, Ski Joring doesn’t do Twitter. For you techies, use the hashtag #LSJ2015 on all social media platforms.
Thanks for plugging in, logging in and taking the time to share the experience. It’s going to be a great weekend all around. Put you best foot forward, Leadville!
UPDATES: Leadville Ski Joring
The Elks Lodge is a BIG sponsor of the many local events and Leadville Ski Joring is no exception. Not only does the lodge act as central headquarters, but they also support organizations financially, and with manpower.
This Saturday & Sunday, The Leadville Elks Lodge #236 will be hosting the traditional Ski Joring breakfasts. Come and get your grub on from 7 – 10 a.m. downstairs. No doubt, you’ll get your fill for $8/adults and $5/kids 10 years and under. The menu is your usual breakfast food, from pancakes, to eggs, to sausage,with juice and, of course, coffee!
In years past, this was sponsored by The Advocates of Lake County, but they passed this year, so The Elks took the charge. The proceeds will support the Elks, who in turn support events like Ski Joring. So, come and get it!
That should help you start the day, now to celebrate the occasion, The Elks Lodge is also promoting it’s “Jungle Juice Joring” drink special on Saturday, March 7. For $25 you will get a special t-shirt, your first drink of this special concoction is FREE and after that a mere $1 for re-fills, if you’re still wearing the shirt. You’ll have to ask your friendly Elks bartender what’s in the “Jungle Juice Joring” special, and shirts and the deal is limited, so pony-up soon!
Fish Fry Friday Tonight At Eagles Lodge
Meanwhile across town at The Eagles Lodge, there will be a Fish Fry tonight, Friday, March 6. For just $/plate, you’ll get a generous supply of great fried fish with all the fixings. A great, affordable option for dinner tonight, especially since town could be busy with Ski Joring visitors. Very family-friendly, plus you can support a good local cause.
The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #681 and helps to raise money to support the programs and churches of Holy Family Parish, including the historic Leadville beauties: Annunciation Church and St. Joseph’s Church.
Gentleman Start Your Engines at Two Miles High
Two Mile High Off-Road Club will be bringing home the weekend show on Sunday afternoon in their own special way. Be sure to stay around after the last Ski Joring run on Sunday to watch this local four-wheel drive club take on (and down) the massive ski jumps.
Cheer on the drivers as they make the work a little easier for streets crews to haul it all away . . . until next year!