Even if the mountains aren't your thing, you've just got to love Leadville. Here's one good reason: The highest incorporated city in North America (elevation: 10,152') has been holding ski-joring competitions since 1949. Clearly a contender for the world's weirdest sport, ski-joring involves a horse and rider or a dog pulling a skier down a snowpacked road; the skier must land jumps and spear rings in these timed events.
Ski-joring is back for another year in Leadville; this time around, the town is also holding its Crystal Carnival. While sports fans watch the teams compete in Open Class (for experienced ski-joring teams), Sport Class (for beginners) and Legends Class (for experienced teams getting a little long in the tooth for the Open Class), other activities such as a children's parade, building models of Leadville's legendary Ice Palace, ice-sculpting demonstrations, snowshoe races for teens and broomball games for adults (another wacky sport, similar to hockey) will also take place in downtown Leadville on Harrison Avenue. There will even be an opportunity for kids to try their hand at ski-joring behind a snowmobile for the reasonable price of $5 a ride.
Crystal Carnival events are all free; ski-joring and the carnival both begin today at 10 a.m. and continue tomorrow. For information, call 1-719-486-0739.
March 1-2, 2008