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post #1 of 12
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Hi all,
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?

Thanks!
post #2 of 12

Don't know about what is there to do or see in the winter, but you are talking about a lot of driving for a day off in the winter. It would be good in summer because you could go from Leadville over Indepence Pass to Aspen and then Glenwood, but the pass is closed in the winter.

post #3 of 12

Well Leadville isn't exactly on the way to Glenwood Springs. Tennessee pass on the way from Vail to Leadville is usually pretty decent but I don't think I would drive it for fun in the winter, but it depends on the weather.  It is a pretty scenic drive but not spectacular. Downtown Leadville is kind of charming but not really anything I would drive very far for.

post #4 of 12
Tennessee Pass from Minturn until Red Cliff (or so) is definitely better enjoyed by the passenger that trusts their driver than the driver even in good weather and road conditions.

Leadville is an interesting enough place. A mining museum, excursion train, Harrison Avenue, the ski fence and the Tabor Opera House are a few things to view or do there. The Silver Dollar, Golden Burro and Quincy's (the only options besides the size of your filet (or primie rib on Saturdays) and beverage is butter and/or sour cream?) are interesting places. There is one brew pub (at least), a bunch of eclectic establishments serving food and selling goods. There are old renovated hotels and modern motels.

Visit Leadville on your way to Vail, then do the Glenwood trip separately, perhaps. It is high (over 10,000ft), so not a good spot to go from much lower for a first day. Certainly an interesting day trip. I love Ski Cooper, on Tennessee Pass, for the DH races and the atmosphere, but this year you should drive on by until it snows again. Although the bar there is has plenty of character(s).
post #5 of 12

Theres nothing there really worth a drive. There are some amazing areas on the way and past it. Co 82 up Indy pass is great on both sides. The drive down to BV and Salida is nice also and up to Freemont pass and up to Copper its nice also. Seeing the Ten Mile range from the west side is impressive. 

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Hi all,
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?

Thanks!

 

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.

post #7 of 12

Not sure how long the ride is but there is a free bus that runs from Breck to Leadville. At the very least it spares you having to deal with pass driving and gas.  

post #8 of 12
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Not sure how long the ride is but there is a free bus that runs from Breck to Leadville. At the very least it spares you having to deal with pass driving and gas.  

 

It is a Summit Stage, but it is not free for that single route.

post #9 of 12
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It is a Summit Stage, but it is not free for that single route.

O really? Never ridden it just always seen it at the breck station and assumed it was free  like the rest. 

post #10 of 12
LW, have you been out in Breck much?
post #11 of 12

Ski Cooper has $30 lift tickets on Thursdays this year.

 

The weekend of March 2/3 Leadville has a horse-pulled skijoring contest.  Kind of like the 19th-century X games.

post #12 of 12

Don't go to Leadville without stopping in the Delaware Hotel.  The lobby is classic, and they often have some good buys on clothes.

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