In just four days, March 5th and 6th, Leadville, Colorado will be hosting their non-sanctioned 62nd annual race.
As the Leadville legend goes, Tom Schroeder and “Mugs” Ossman brought ski joring to Leadville from Steamboat Springs in 1949. It was a case of “we can do it better”, when the two friends decided they could improve Steamboat Springs version by making it about speed. So that year, the Crystal Carnival exhibited Ski Joring Leadville-style and the two friends figured right. It has been a part of the annual winter activities ever since.
One guest to last year’s event posted on the website, “[I] thought it was the most awesome spectacle of skiing and horses that I had ever witnessed.” It sounds like an event to go watch!