Originally Posted by C.B.
I'm looking for some info on Leadville. My wife and I usually take a day off from our 8-day ski trip to Vail to go to Glenwood Springs. We are wondering if there is enough to do and see in Leadville in the winter to take a side trip there on the way to Glenwood? We figured to spend the morning in Leadville, get lunch then go back to I-70 and on to the springs for the afternoon.
Is this detour worth it?
It is about an hour from Vail to Leadvill. Battle Mountain and Tenn Pass can be quite challenging and white knuckle for those not used to mountain driving. At one point on Battle Mountain, you are perched on a 600-700 foot cliff with only a guardrail (if that, not 100% sure there is even a rail there) between you and a quick trip to heaven.
I love Leadville, but most stuff shuts down on the winter. The mining district self-guided tours are worth it, and the new district bike trail is amazingly good, but the district is buried in the winter. The train doesn't run in winter. I think the mining museum is open.
High Mountain Pies in Leadville is an excellent, excellent pizza shop.
Finally, if you are the type of skier that needs a "tune up" day to acclimate and get muscles sorted out, consider taking a day at Ski Cooper, and perhaps wandering Leadville for a bit as an apres. No Gnar, but a lot of good vibes at a local hill.
Sunlight is also worth consideration for a day. Right now, they are in a bit better shape than Vail in terms of snowpack.