Leadville News – March 8

Ski News: Nordic Results and Cooper Deals

For many, March means Spring Break. While Leadville students, teachers and staff won’t see theirs until the end of this month, many visitors from Texas and Oklahoma have already been rolling through town and enjoying winter activities, skiing and snowboarding. Life doesn’t get any better than that! Or does it?!


Ski Cooper is serving up some of the best deals in Colorado when it comes to Spring Break skiing and snowboarding, like this Friday’s $15 lift ticket offering on March 9. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

Believe it or not this Friday, March 9, Ski Cooper will be offering a $15 lift ticket! Really! You can purchase them ahead of time online or the day of the event at the ticket counter. Now for season pass holders, you might be sharing the slopes with possibly hundreds of additional outdoor enthusiasts, but just think of it as a way to meet new friends!

Most of March will be busy at Cooper and the staff has some great events lined up until closing day on April 8. One of the favorites is the $30 Thursdays which will continue through the end of the month. Grab the gang and plan a day on the slopes that won’t break the bank because in addition to a discounted lift ticket, Cooper will have live music on Thursdays through the rest of March.  They have a great line-up of live music, highlighting many local musicians, including special entertainment for St. Patrick’s Day and local favorite band Groovespeak will close out the season with a live performance out on the deck (weather permitting) on closing day April 8.Cooper_St Pats copy

When you think about the price tag for affordable family fun for spring break, Cooper really does stand poles and skis above the rest! Of course, there’s the 100% natural snow, just think you don’t have to hear the annoying drone of snow-making machines while you’re taking in the view from the deck. They also offer an award winning beginner progression for ski lessons, (http://skicooper.com/ski-ride-school/) an Irish Pub, mountaintop dining at the Ridgeview Cafe, guided snowcat tours on Chicago Ridge & scenic snowcat tours for those just wanting to check out the views. There’s something for everyone!

Nordic Season Wraps Up with Knockouts, Biathlon

In other ski news, the official Nordic season wrapped up last weekend with the Harrison Nordic Knockout Sprints. A hearty, skilled group of Nordic skiers gathered under the full moon and took advantage of the freshly laid snow in downtown Leadville, brought in for Ski Joring weekend, battling it out for bragging rights, until next season!

The competition was a double elimination with two skiers starting and the fastest racer advancing to the next round of competition. Here are the results:

Men’s Open

  • Alex Hamilton
  • Zayden Tufte
  • Joe Koch
  • Conner Lenhard

Women’s Open

  • Ariel Benney
  • Caroline Benney
  • Molly Lenhard
  • Hannah Holm

Middle School Girls

  • Elona Greene
  • Adele Horning
  • Morgan Holm
  • Rose Horning

Middle School Boys

  • Matt Cairns
  • Hunter Nelson
  • Josiah Horning
  • Jeff Marsh

Bill Koch Youth

  • Layla Horning and Asher Horning (tie)
  • Levi Horning
  • John Horning

Zayden Tufte holds the lead at the Minturn Nordic Race. Photo: Suzi Benney.

Leadville’s Paintball Biathlon: Skinny Skis and Shooting

The recent Olympic games once again fanned the flames of interest for the growing sport of the Biathlon, and that was evident at last Sunday’s Annual Leadville Nordic Paintball Biathlon held at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center on Sunday, March 4.

What is it, you ask? Take cross country skiing and throw in some paintball guns; it’s really that simple. Although according to the official Olympic website, the sport is described as such: The word biathlon stems from the Greek word for two contests, and is today seen as the joining of two sports; skiing and shooting. Biathlon has its roots in survival skills practiced in the snow-covered forests of Scandinavia, where people hunted on skis with rifles slung over their shoulders.

At the Leadville event, each race (Kids 1 km, 5 km, or 10 km) has competitors skiing three laps. After the first lap, they shoot 5 shots prone (lying down). After the second lap, they shoot 5 shots standing. Then ski their third lap as hard as they can. Points are deducted for missed shots and the fastest skier at the end wins. A quick review of the results and it’s clear that the younger Nordic skiers are dominating the competition. Perhaps that’s a motivator to the more mature skiers, but what does it matter as long as everyone is out having some winter fun!? Here’s how the winner’s podium and race results panned out.


Bridger Quarantillo, 6 takes his turn at the paintball gun during the Leadville Nordic Paintball Biathlon. Photo: Shadowcatchers/ Ewan McCain.





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