Outdoor Activities - Winter

What do you get when you combine over 200 inches of annual snowfall with 300 plus days of sunshine? Quite simply the finest winter playground in all of Colorado. Lake County is a backcountry paradise for skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers. Our 12 mile groomed Mineral Belt Trail winds its way through the solitude of the historic mining district and provides an exceptional cross country skiing and snowshoeing experience. Ski Cooper remains the most family friendly ski area in all of Colorado, with an abundance of all-natural snow, absence of crowds and a rich history as the birthplace of the Tenth Mountain Division. Ice fishermen delight in the long seasons at Turquoise Lake, Twin Lakes, and the Mt. Elbert Forebay. In short, Lake County offers an inexhaustible mix of wintertime activities. As the highest county in Rocky Mountains, you’d expect nothing less. Check out the Leadville Cross Country Ski Councils website for grooming information.

Downhill Skiing
Visit Ski Cooper online or call 719-486-2277 for information, including rates and reservations for backcountry skiing with Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours.
Nordic Skiing
Visit the Nordic Trails & Events page for complete information. You can also visit the newest resource in Lake County for trail grooming at https://leadvillecrosscountryski.com/grooming-report
For information and maps, contact the Leadville Ranger DistrictFor information about guided snowmobile services, contact the Leadville – Twin Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
Ice Fishing
Contact the Leadville Ranger District for maps and information.
Contact the Leadville Ranger District for maps and information.
What do you get when you combine cowboys, horses and skiers and send them careening down one of Colorado’s most picturesque Victorian avenues? You get one of Lake County’s most celebrated winter festivals—Crystal Carnival and Skijoring Weekend. Don’t miss the fun this winter from March 6-8, 2020. Click HERE for more information.


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