Leadville’s most anticipated winter event is right around the corner. For those of you who’ve been, you know what I’m talking about. For those newbies out there, it’s time to learn a thing or two about ski joring.
Ski joring is an event where a horse gallops down a snowy street while pulling a skier behind it. The skier must navigate a course full of jumps while also trying to spear rings that are set up along the way.
While ski joring can be seen in other mountain towns, Leadville’s event is unique because of its speed. When Leadville’s ski joring was first introduced in 1949, it was based off a similar event in Steamboat Springs. However, Leadville’s race horses wanted to go faster than the Steamboat horses did, and thus, time became an element in the competition, ensuring a higher level of adrenaline and excitement.
Leadville’s ski joring takes place downtown on Harrison Ave and is thrilling to watch. The main events occur on Saturday at noon and on Sunday at noon. After these events, kids have a chance to try ski joring for themselves, although they get pulled by a snowmobile rather than a horse.
Officially known as the Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival, other events this weekend include a Backcountry Film Festival, the Harrison Nordic Knockout Sprints, the Mineral Belt Mayhem Winter Mountain Bike Race, and the Leadville Nordic Paintball Biathlon.
For a unique and wildly fun Colorado experience, you better check out ski joring. It’s something every Coloradan must experience once in their life. And for those lucky visitors who happen to be in town that weekend, well, they’ll definitely have something to write home about.
Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival
Friday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 5th, 2017
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