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Skiing and Snowshoeing Leadville area, January 14-18

Thu, 2016-01-14
Bill Priedhorsky

MLK Weekend - the long weekend in January - is an excellent time of the year for winter adventures, whether on groomed ski slopes or in the wilderness backcountry. We haven't done a Leadville weekend for a few years, so I'd like to try one again. We will rent a house in Leadville and use that town - the highest city in the U.S. - as a base for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing. The highest peaks in Colorado form the western skyline for Leadville. Outings will range from moderate/intermediate to more strenuous and specialized outings; each outing will be treated as a Mountaineers trip with a designated leader and signout sheet. Downhill can be done at old-fashioned but spacious Ski Cooper (3 free days with a Pajarito pass), or world class Copper Mountain, just 25 miles and 40 minutes away. Alpine skiers might venture to Breckenridge one day, also. If we can assemble a good-sized party, we are likely to have options each day for downhill, snowshoeing, and even perhaps mountaineering - our crew climbed a 14er during the 2013 trip. Ideas for Nordic skiing around Leadville can be found in several places, for example Another interesting destination is the Independence Pass highway, closed for the winter, but a nice path for snowshoes and cross country skis. We will drive to Leadville the afternoon/evening of Thursday January 14th, spend 4 nights in Leadville, giving us 3 days for adventures, then return to Los Alamos on Monday the 18th, the MLK holiday. I'll secureĀ  a house based on the size of the party. I'm hoping for a price of $150-200 per person for the whole weekend, depending on how big a party we can assemble. Please write Bill at to sign up. A $100 per person deposit will hold your spot.

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