Leadville Loppet

Leadville, CO

Leadville, Colorado Presents
21st Annual Leadville Loppet Nordic Ski Races Saturday, February 24, 2024.
10, 22, and 44k freestyle and classic Ski races, 5k Costume, and 1k kids
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Celebrating 21 Years!

As a fun idea from volunteers and students at Colorado Mountain College, the first Leadville Loppet was hosted in 2003. The race showcased the then-newly-dedicated Mineral Belt Trail's unparalleled mountain vistas; free, all-inclusive access to outdoor play, and community spirit that makes Leadville Leadville.

Today, the Leadville Loppet continues to offer all of those attributes and has found its place among the most-loved winter community events, where Leadville locals and visitors gather to have fun, ski in costumes, share stories, and savor the race's legendary post-race potluck.

Cupless Aid Stations

Loppet participants should plan to bring their own water bottles or hydration systems to use during the races. Aid stations will not provide disposable cups and will work to minimize using other single-use materials.

Choose Among Five Distances

All distances will start and finish at the Colorado Mountain College Leadville Campus: 901 South Hwy. 24 - Leadville, CO

44k Ski Race Details:

  • 8:15 a.m. start time. Six aid stations (including start/finish).
  • $75 Nov. 1 -- Jan. 31. $100 Feb. 1 -- race day.
  • Can be used as a qualifier for the following-year American Birkebeiner.
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22k Ski Race Details:

  • 8:45 a.m. start time. Five aid stations (including start/finish).
  • $60 Nov. 1 -- Jan. 31. $85 Feb. 1 -- race day.
  • Can be used as a qualifier for the following-year American Birkebeiner.
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10k Ski Race Details:

  • 12 p.m. Noon start time. Three aid stations (including start/finish).
  • $40 Nov. 1 -- Jan. 31. $65 Feb. 1 -- race day.
  • Though not the 'official' costume race, ovations go to skiers who dress up!
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5k Costume Ski Details:

  • 12:30 p.m. start time.
  • $15 Nov. 1 -- race day.
  • Dress up! Wigs, mullets, vintage ski garb, party pants, tutus, onesies, 2023 Captain Marvel suits, Elrond outfits... there's just no such thing as too much awesome for this race.
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1k Kids FunSki Details:

  • 12:45 p.m. start time.
  • Free to all kids.
  • Kids show off their best costumes, colors, and outfits!
  • Finishers receive a swirly-colorful lollipop and a toothbrush.
  • Course Map? It's a surprise.

Race bib/packet pick-up times and late registrations:

Pre-registered participants will be able to pick up race numbers 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at the Colorado Mountain College Climax Gymnasium located at the CMC Leadville Campus. Others can also register at that time. Pre-registered participants may also pick up their numbers on Saturday morning, and day-of-race registration will be available Saturday on a limited basis.

Awards Ceremony and Post-Race Potluck:

  • Awards and post-race potluck are held 1- 3 p.m. in the Colorado Mountain College Climax gymnasium adjacent to the start/finish.
  • The Awards Ceremony Potluck features homemade soups, chilis, casseroles, and dessert specialties contributed by generations of Leadville community members.
  • Did you know? The signature Leadville Loppet blueberry soup is a long-time Norse and Scandinavian tradition, as are Loppet events.


Parking is available throughout the CMC Campus.
Metro Denver & Denver Intl Airport (121 miles)
  • Take I-70 West
  • Go through the Eisenhower Tunnel
  • Continue past Dillon
  • Continue past Frisco
  • Take Hwy 91, Copper Mtn Resort (Exit 195)
  • Go South on Hwy 91, past Climax to Leadville (24 m)
Grand Junction (163 Miles)
  • Take I-70 East
  • Turn onto Hwy 24 South at Minturn
  • Follow Hwy 24 over Tennessee Pass to Leadville
Pueblo (153 miles)
  • Take Hwy 50 West through Canon City and Salida
  • Take Hwy 291 North until Hwy 285
  • Take Hwy 285 North until Hwy 24
  • Take Hwy 24 North until Leadville
Colorado Springs (130miles)
  • Take Hwy 24 West through Woodland Park
  • Continue past Buena Vista
  • Continue on Hwy 24 to Leadville

Annual Fundraiser for Leadville's Historic Mineral Belt Trail

The Leadville Loppet proceeds help support the care and maintenance for the city's famed and historic Mineral Belt Trail, which is an 11.6-mile, all-season, non-motorized, ADA-accessible loop. The trail meanders through the historic Leadville Mining District while offering unsurpassed views of the Sawatch and Mosquito Mountain ranges consisting of 12, 13, and 14 thousand-foot peaks. During summer, spring and fall, the paved trail welcomes enthusiasts such as walkers and runners, cyclists and wheelchairists; strollers, in-line skaters and long-boarders. Winter users will find the trail groomed for freestyle and classic Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, winter biking, running, walking, and more. Please email LeadvilleLoppet@gmail.com with questions about the 2024 Leadville Loppet.

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Registration is open! Day-before and day-of registration will also be available; however, advanced online registrations are encouraged and appreciated.
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When & Where

Feb 24, 2024


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