Leadville News – March 22

Winter Sports Hang On Through Spring in Leadville

Niah Taken by Nick Melcher

Niah Melcher of Gypsum shows off the 29 ½” lake trout she landed at Twin Lakes on March 17. She was out #icefishing with her dad, Nick Melcher who took the picture. Thanks for sharing it with Leadville Today!

The first couple of days of spring nearly feel like the winter the high country never seemed to see this year. With local temperatures barely crawling into the 40s during the day and down into the teens at night, not to mention the rolling snow storms that are forecasted to continue through the high country over the next several days, it’s definitely Springtime in the Rockies!

Ruff Day on the MBT

#ruffday on the #mbt for these two Mineral Belt greyhounds taken by their owner Don Helmgren the first week of spring. Looking happy, healthy and tuckered out! #WheresThatRabbit?

Regardless of the weather, residents and visitors to Leadville Today know how to enjoy the moment! Whether it’s Niam Melcher of Gypsum who pulled in an impressive 29 1/2 ” mackinaw at Twin Lakes last weekend, or the “Mineral Belt greyhounds, Don Holmgren posted on the LT Facebook Page after taking his two best friends for a run on the MBT earlier this week, the snow and cool temperatures just add to the adventure – and beauty!

With fresh snow on tap for this weekend, no doubt Ski Cooper will see record crowds. However if you’re looking to support your favorite college students and instructors with one of the best programs Leadville CMC has going, check out the Cloud City Rail Jam taking place at Dutch Henri this Saturday – details below! The new addition should definitely mix things up this year – #14!

Cloud City Rail Jam on Saturday in Leadville

 The 14th Annual Cloud City Rail Jam returns to Leadville’s Dutch Henri Hill on Saturday, March 24, 2018, with a new twist. This year’s rail jam will include a pond-skimming event (weather dependent) as well as the classic all-ages rail jam competition. Entry is $15, cash only, and those who bring a nonperishable food donation will receive $5 off their entry fee. 

This all-ages rail jam will have separate divisions for men and women (13+) and a grom (youth) division (12 years and under). The pond-skimming event will be for participants age 14 and older. 

Competitors under 18 years of age will need a parent or guardian signature to participate, and helmets are required for all. Registration and practice will begin at 10 a.m. The first 30 to register will receive a complimentary jersey made by Dr. Ryde Industries. 

Prizes will be awarded to the top competitors in each division. Concession food and beverages will be available for purchase, and music will be provided by DJ Basstek. 


A throwback photo from the 10th Annual Cloud City Rail Jam held at Dutch Henri Hill on March 21, 2014. Photo: Colorado Mountain College.

The annual rail jam event at Colorado Mountain College Leadville is hosted by the college’s ski area operations program and its Events Management class. From start to finish, the Cloud City Rail Jam is a final project for the semester-long course, and students receive individual grades for their participation. Students are responsible for all aspects of the event, including terrain park design, building features, planning, promotion, prizes and sponsorships. 

Prizes include a snowboard made by ski and snowboard business students at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs, a free tune and demo rental voucher, a hut trip for four, a season pass to Ski Cooper, gear, goggles, t-shirts, socks and various swag items.

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