Latest News – December 8

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrations Underway


Spac_50This Sunday morning it will be hard to miss the sea of bright red costumes and the steady beat of drums, as the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe procession makes its pilgrimage into historic downtown Leadville. While the 3-day celebration officially begins Friday night, it’s this Sunday’s procession and dancing that capture the attention and admiration of locals and visitors.Our Lady of Guadalupe_Procession

Spac_50Arguably one of the largest, most successful youth celebrations in Leadville, the events commemorate the December 12 feast day of the Blessed Mother of Jesus Christ. This annual event includes hundreds of participants from the Latina community who share their beautiful tradition and special culture. Dozens of youth from the Holy Family Parish in Leadville dress in elaborate beaded and belled costumes and perform tradition, ceremonial dances in honor of Mexico’s Patron Saint, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

While the story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe is religious in nature, the local celebration is deeply immersed in Hispanic culture, from the costumes, to the impressively endless dancing, to the long, lively fiestas! It’s a celebration like none other in Leadville.

The Our Lady of Guadalupe dancers from Holy Family Parish in Leadville will celebrate the December 12 feast day this Saturday.

The Our Lady of Guadalupe dancers from Holy Family Parish in Leadville will celebrate the December 12 feast day this Sunday, Dec. 11.

All of these events are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe and enjoy this very special spiritual and cultural event in Leadville. Here are the details.

  • Saturday, Dec. 10  – The celebration begins at 8 p.m. with the coronation of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Lake County’s 6th Street Gym.
  • Sunday, Dec. 11 – The pilgrimage group begins their procession from Mountain View Trailer Park located on Highway 24 north at 10 a.m. It’s hard to miss the colorful entourage as the travel in their bright red costumes, keeping in step to the beating of the drum. The procession will follow Highway 24 south into downtown Leadville (at 11a.m.-ish), eventually turning east on 7th Street toward Leadville’s historic Annunciation Church. Mass will follow at Noon with a fiesta in the 6th Street Gym at 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 12 – The celebration will conclude at 5 a.m. on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Mananitas.

For those interested in seeing this talented and dedicated group of  Leadville youth perform traditional dances in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, gather in front of Annunciation Church, sometime around 11:30 a.m on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Holy Family Parish in Leadville celebrates Mass as part of the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration on December 12. Photo: Leadville Today

Holy Family Parish in Leadville celebrates Mass as part of the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration on Dec. 12

The elaborate procession then files into celebrate a noon Mass which includes a dramatic presentation of the story of San Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The entire 3-day celebration culminates in a big fiesta in Lake County’s Sixth Street Gym, commencing after Mass, around 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Everyone is welcome!Spac_50GuadalupeStory Link copy

 

Latest News – December 7

Plummeting Temps, Foot of Snow Greet Leadville Today

Have you drawn the curtains yet? Have you taken a look outside in Leadville Today? Yes, that’s snow and lots of it, with more than a foot accumulating in some area of Lake County overnight.

Yesterday’s plummeting temperatures ushered in snow, measured in impressive inches this time around. And while the extended forecast highlighting snow storms throughout the weekend means additional shoveling and plowing chores, there’s one Lake County business that is doing the happy dance: Ski Cooper Opens on Saturday! 

burro_zero_weather_leadville-today-dec-7Spac_50Cooper Opens Daily for Season on Saturday, Dec. 10

Ski Cooper opens for daily operations this Saturday, Dec. 10, officially kicking off the 2016/17 season. While the snow was slow in coming this season, “It’s here in full-force now!” reported Cooper’s Director of Marketing Patrick Torsell.

ski-cooper-sign“We’ve been working diligently to get the mountain in great shape for opening day on Saturday! We could still use a bit more snow to smooth things out, so keep those snow dances going!”

The good news is, snow is in the forecast for several days this week, so hopefully Leadville’s ski hill will see another 6-10″ before Saturday. Conditions should be looking pretty good when the first chairlift makes it’s way up old Cooper Hill for the 2016/17 season. If you missed Ski Cooper’s Annual Community Meeting report, you can find the Leadville Today story HERE.

A reminder that Cooper’s XP Pass sale ends this Friday, Dec. 9, so get it while the getting’s good. The XP is the 4-day no-restrictions, no-blackouts, non-transferable pass offered for a limited time for just $109 (that’s only $27.25/day). This is your last chance! With the holidays approaching, keep in mind than an XP Pass makes an awesome gift for a family member or friend who loves to ski! 

In other slope news, musician Todd Johnson will be playing Après Ski from 3 – 5 p.m. at Katie O’Rourke’s Pub for Ski Cooper’s Opening Day on Saturday, Dec. 10. After a great first day on the slopes, come and hear “a bluesy combination of modern and classic folk rock, reggae, including the country classics everyone knows and loves.” Johnson’s style blends all of these with his own personal infusion to each and every audience. Enjoy a Apres Ski beverage at Katie’s and relax with a wonderful mix of tunes!Spac_50

The 2016/17 season at Ski Cooper kicks off this Saturday, December 10! Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

The 2016/17 season at Ski Cooper near Leadville kicks off this Saturday, Dec. 10! Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

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Tennessee Pass Snowshoe Course Set for Saturday

The Pedal Power Winter Race Series will kick off this Saturday with the Tennessee Pass Kickoff Classic 5 mile Snowshoe Race. The starting gun sounds at 10 a.m. on  December 10 out at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.  The center is located out at Ski Cooper on Highway 24 North between Minturn and Leadville. 

The Pedal Power Winter Race Series continues this Saturday, Dec. 6 with the Tennessee Pass 5-Miler Kickoff Classic. Photo: Pedal Power.

The Pedal Power Winter Race Series kicks off this Saturday, Dec. 10 with the Tennessee Pass 5-Miler Kickoff Classic. Photo: Pedal Power.

Now in its 19th year, the Tennessee Pass 5-Miler Kickoff Classic is one of the oldest races in the series.  Racers should be prepared for a generous mix of challenging uphills and gentle downhills that wend their way along interconnected nordic and biking trails through the pine forests and meadows that blanket this scenic pass straddling the Continental Divide. 

The Tennessee Pass venue is one of the most anticipated of the winter race season.  Because of the challenge and variety of terrain, along with the recent snows providing for perfect snow conditions, it is considered one of the premier snowshoe courses in the country, attracting some of the top local, regional and national nordic and endurance competitors. 

pedalpowerThe Pedal Power Snowshoe Series is the oldest established competitive snowshoe race series in the region as well as the only completely non-profit event of its kind, with all proceeds from the popular race series benefitting local charities.

The next event in the Winter Race Series will be the Pazzo’s/K.O. Eagle-Vail Holiday 5K/10K Snowshoe race.  That race will take place on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the The Eagle-Vail Golf Course Pavilion. 

Registration is $20.  Participants can pre-register directly online at pedalpowerbike.com or with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931. Participants may also register ($25) on the day of the event at the race start.

For more information and a complete series schedule, go to pedalpowerbike.com or call or stop by Pedal Power, on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail, at 970-845-0931.Spac_50

Series of Snow Storms in Extended Forecast

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