Leadville Loppet Returns, 14 Years On the Trail
As the winter storms roll-in one after another, they set a snowy stage for what could be an epic year for Leadville’s skinny-ski showdown. So make sure to secure your place at the start line and register today for the 14th Annual The Leadville Loppet on Sunday, Feb. 12.
A local favorite and fast becoming a must-do regionally, this high-altitude Nordic ski race serves as the primary fundraiser for Leadville’s historic Mineral Belt Trail (MBT) and is a fun, energetic, often cold, family event. The course travels through a rolling, forested trail network behind Leadville’s Colorado Mountain College (CMC) campus, leading racers onto the MBT, where climbs and descends await, along with abandoned rail grades leftover from Leadville’s mining era. It’s a one-of-a-kind course that should be laden (and groomed) with fresh snow. Tradition at the Leadville Loppet also calls for a colorful display in costume, barrel fires, music, and dozens of homemade soup–the most famous of which, hot blueberry.
From left to right: Rachelle Collins, Melissa Hill, and Vicki Koch are returning coordinators of Leadville’s most colorful race. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.
Registration is currently open online for both classic and freestyle 44K, 22K, & 10K distances, plus 5K and 1K fun races, for which costumes are strongly encouraged!
Online registration is now OPEN but will close the night before the race, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Check-in & packet pick up will be held in the KW Room of the Climax Building at CMC on February 12. The event begins with the 44k at 9:15 a.m., with the final 1k kids’ race pushing off at 10:30 a.m. There’s something for everyone, at every level of Nordic skiing.
The day of winter competition and family fun culminates with the awards ceremony in the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center starting at noon. A true community gathering as neighbors, friends and competitors warm up with three tables-full of homemade soups and Leadville trivia.
The Leadville Loppet will also host a free wax clinic provided by Tim Hill of Alpine Ski & Sport the night before the race on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Cloud City Ski Hut at Dutch Henri Hill, located off Highway 24 south of town. During the race, athletes may also be tracked via a mobile app provided by It’s Your Race. For race info and registration: LINK.