Leadville News – February 1

Winter Sports Report & More Snow On Way

Forecasters are calling for snow over the next several days, though this Sunday, Feb. 4. Winter-lovers can only hope that all that the recent wind actually blows in some measurable snow, it’s needed in Leadville Today.

But at least there is snow on the ground, which makes it helpful with all the recent races and events. So here’s  the LT winter sports report. As always, if you have news to contribute, you may do so at info@leadvilletoday.com.forecast_Leadville

First Place for Girls MS Nordic

By Jeff Spencer, Coach MS Nordic Teams

The Middle School (MS) Nordic team raced at Snow Mountain Ranch (outside of Granby) this past Saturday, Jan. 27.  It was a mass start skate ski race featuring rolling terrain.  The girls took 1st place overall!

Adele Horning led the team with an overall 2nd place finish, just a half second ahead of her sister Rose Horning who placed 3rd overall.

Elona Greene got the team off to a great mass start and was the third Panther finisher.  Morgan Holm came in fourth place for the girls, beating the third place East Grand skier, securing the girls victory over East Grand by 1 point.

Adele and Rose_Nordic Skiers

Adele Horning being chased up the final hill into the finish by her sister Rose Horning.  They would finish a half second apart at the Snow Mountain Ranch race on January 27.

 Other newsworthy highlights from the race included, Rosalyn Cope (6th grade, Buena Vista) skied in her first Nordic race and was the fifth Panther finisher. Brynna Lenhard was the sixth MS girl to finish for the Panthers, skiing in her 2nd skate race ever and continues to make great improvements in her skating technique.    

In the MS boys race, Jace Peters finished 2nd overall, skiing very strong.  Matt Cairns, skiing in his 2nd Nordic race, finished in 5th place overall, 23 seconds behind his teammate Peters and just 10 seconds out of finishing in the top three. Sixth grader Josiah Horning was the third Panther to come in, finishing well into the top half of the field! The boys finished in 2nd place overall, just 5 points behind 1st place Summit County. 

“Our young skiers skating technique is coming along nicely,” stated Head Lake County High School Nordic coach Karl Remsen commented after the MS race. This Saturday, Feb. 3, the MS Nordic team will next race in Aspen for another mass start skate race. 

Winter, Tri It They Did in Leadville!

Mens Champ 2018 Winter Tri_Ross

Ross Delaplace takes first place in the 2018 Aria Athletic Club & Spa Winter Tri.

The Aria Athletic Club & Spa Winter Tri was held at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in Leadville last Saturday, Jan. 27 with competitors taking on the individual and team challenges. The race consists of a 5K snowshoe, 10K snow-bike and an 8K skate-ski competition.

Congratulations to Ross Delaplace who came in first, followed by 18-year-old Brandon Hanson and Eric Black. On the women’s side Lisa Isom reached the finish line first, with Leadville’s Roxanne Hall and Lisa Morton rounding out the podium.

In the group competition, it was Team Eagle who took top honors, followed by Team Bandana Boys in second. For complete results and times for each sport: LINK.

Womens Champ 2018 Winter Tri_Lisa Isom

Lisa Isom took top podium spot for the women in the 2018 Pedal Power Winter Race series’ Winter Tri held in Leadville on January 27.

This is the third event of the 2017/18 Pedal Power Winter Race Series.  The non-profit series benefits local charities in Lake and Eagle Counties.

“We would like to thank CMC for all his support and excellent grooming of the Nordic ski trails,” said Bruce Kelly, Winter Tri race organizer.

The next event in the Winter Race Series will be Feb. 24 at the Vail Nordic Center @ Vail Golf Course. The Vail Nordic Center Winter Tri registration opens at 10 a.m.  Registration for this event is $20.  Registration is also possible for $25 on the day of the event at the race start. Participants can save time by pre-registering directly online at pedalpowerbike.com. They can also register with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970-845-0931.

Celebrating Two Decades: Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby

Ice _ Jennifer Rogowski

The ice has set up perfectly for the 20th Annual Twin Lakes Fishing Derby to be held February 10 & 11. Photo: Leadville Today/Jennifer B. Rogowski.

“The ice is all set up out at Twin Lakes,” reports Angelina Salazar, one of the Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby organizers. “And just last weekend, there were almost 20 shanties out on the ice.”

Let the rest of the state fight it out over the skiers, boarders and fat-bikers, because when it comes to outdoor winter recreation, Leadville and Lake County have been known to do things a bit differently. Point in case would be hosting the longest, competitive ice-fishing derby not only in the state but across the region. There’s no break in the action, as competitors kick-off early on Saturday and continue overnight until noon on Sunday. Any idea what time of day (or night) the big fish are reeled in?

Well, come February 10 & 11, many polar-pole plungers will find out as they gather in the southern part of the county for the 20th Annual Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby! Sponsored by the Leadville Rod & Gun Club, this year the event marks two decades of frozen fun that creates a shanty-town wonderland bringing folks together for a mid-winter contest for cash and prizes.Ice Fishing Derby Poster_2018

And no doubt, some of the fish being pulled from that glacial reservoir are impressive, setting the tone for bragging rights that keep local fishing men and women – and yes, there’s a kid’s competition too! – coming back for more.

So round up your shanty-town clan and make plans –  it’s time to get the word out and Go Fishin! Here’s what you need to know.

The 20th Annual Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby will be held on February 10 and 11, at Twin Lakes Reservoir, located about 15 miles south of Leadville, Colorado. This annual Lake County event draws in dozens of winter anglers from across the state to compete for cash and prizes. It’s certainly a favorite among locals and the competition is fierce! 

Competitors can enter to win cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd  place for Mackinaw, Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat fish. Prizes will be awarded on weight of individual fish caught. See how the competition panned out at the last derby in 2017 (RESULTS).

This is also a great outdoor event for the children, passing down family traditions of winter recreation. Children age 12 & under who participate and place in categories will be eligible for a 1st place belt buckle. Trophies will be awarded to 2nd and 3rd winners in each category. There is NO entry fee for the kids competition.

ice fishing shanty

The Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Leadville Rod & Gun Club and will be held February 10 & 11, 2018. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

And money isn’t the only thing they will be giving away! In fact the LRGC is known for delivering some top-of-the-line prizes including an ice auger and portable ice shanty. Each paid contestant will be eligible to win those prizes. And don’t forget the LRGC raffle with tickets at $5 a piece or buy 5 for $20 from any club member. 

The entry fee is only $40. For an application CLICK HERE. Paper applications can also be picked up locally at the Leadville Sanitation District office at the corner of McWethy Drive and Highway 24 South and up until Friday, Feb 9 at Saturday’s Discount, located south of Leadville at 12655 US-24, across from the Little Red Schoolhouse.

The official event headquarters and weigh-in station during the derby weekend is staged at the Twin Lakes Dexter Parking lot. The Leadville Rod & Gun Club can be reached at P.O. Box 604, Leadville, CO 80461. Or contact LRGC derby organizers Angelina Salazar at 719-293-0567 or Danny Gurule 719-293-5057.

This year, Leadville Today will again be a media sponsor for the Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby, so stay tuned for all the fishing action, photos, videos, and results. It should be a fun winter weekend! So pull out your shanty, grab your pole and auger and head out for some winter fun – and what may be the biggest fish you ever catch.

© Leadville Today


Russell Dicks of Pan Ark caught this sizeable mackinaw weighing in at 14.5 lbs which earned him second place in that category at the 2017 Twin Lakes Ice Fishing Derby held annually in February. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell.

 Ski Cooper Snow Holding up Well

“Despite the drier season, we have great skiing on the backside of Cooper, off the Piney Basin Triple Chair,” stated Dana Tyler Johnson, Ski Cooper’s Director of Marketing & Sales. “There is also snow headed our way this weekend,” she forecasted, “wetting” the appetite for season pass holders, which increased by more than 200 this year. 

Add to that, the growing number of weekday skiers Cooper is seeing and the buzz on the slopes this season is CROWDS: “I’ve never seen it that busy at Cooper!” And the BIG snow hasn’t fully arrived – yet! But when you offer slope and fun deals like these to Front Range Colorado newcomers, they will come!  

$30 Thursdays – Stop by today for $30 Thursdays with live music with Leadville’s Carey Nall and $30 lift tickets. Ski Cooper has their 2018 music lineup for Thursdays and Saturdays all dialed in for the season, so pick your favorite live show and plan your slope time accordingly! $30 Thursdays run through the end of March.

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