Mountaineers Offer Leadville Outing – Ski/Crosscountry/Snowshoe

Los Alamos Mountaineer skiers near the top of Copper Mountain during the winter 2011 Leadville weekend. Courtesy/LAM


President’s Day Weekend – the long weekend in February – is one of the best times of the year for winter adventures, as the snow gets deeper and the days a little longer.

As in past years, Los Alamos Mountaineers will rent a facility in Leadville and venture out from the town – the highest in the U.S. – for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing and snowboarding.

On a weekend when many Colorado ski towns are jammed, Leadville is a place to hide away from the crowds. Downhill ski destinations include old-fashioned Ski Cooper (three free days with a Pajarito season pass), or world-class Copper Mountain, just 25 miles away. Pajarito pass partners Monarch and Sunlight are also within reach, 90 minutes and two hours away, respectively. In addition to downhill skiing, there will likely be a crew heading into the backcountry each day for snowshoeing and/or cross-country skiing, in the backcountry around Turquoise Lake, the high country approaching Independence Pass, or the 14,000 foot peaks beyond.

Participants will drive to Colorado the afternoon/evening of Thursday, Feb. 13, spend four nights in Leadville, with three days of adventures, then return to Los Alamos Monday, Feb. 17. Participants can either prepare dinner together, or set out for restaurants in town. The lodging is a former bed and breakfast, with a large number of rooms available, each with a private bath.

As with all Mountaineers outings, the trip is a non-commercial venture with costs shared equally among the participants. The lodging cost should be something less than $200 per person for the weekend, depending on the size of the party.

More information about the outing, including signup details ($100 deposit p.p.) can be found at, or by contacting trip leader bill at priedhorsky dot net. Participants will be asked to register as Mountaineers members; with dues of $15/20 per year (single/family), the club is one of the best bargains in town.