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Leadville to host snowmobiling week

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado
Carrie Kroschel/Special to the DailyMembers of the High Riders Snowmobile Club get airborne. The club will be hosting LeadSled Snowmobile Week later this month.

LEADVILLE ” There’s more to snowmobiling than just powder.

In late January, the High Riders Snowmobile Club out of Leadville will be hosting a LeadSled Snowmobile Week. While the powder rides will still be there, LeadSled Week will offer a wide array of sled activities from Jan. 26 to Feb. 3.

“Several business owners decided they wanted to increase tourism during the slow season in Leadville, so they came to the snowmobile club … and said we’d like to develop a template with winter events and would like to start with snowmobiling,” said Carrie Kroschel.

The event kicks off with the Colorado Cross Country Ice Race at Hayden Pond on Jan. 26, followed by a vintage sled show in Leadville. Other events include an avalanche safety class, demos, a beacon scavenger hunt and digital camera scavenger hunt, along with beginner, intermediate and expert rides throughout Lake County.

While there are discounted event prices for those registered for the week ($50), anyone can attend single events. Snowmobile club members with insurance will receive discounts.

One of the more unique events planned is the digital camera scavenger hunt.

“You’ll have a list of things, from a blue Yamaha to a sunset, and you’ll take a picture of these things while up on your snowmobile in designated areas,” Kroschel said.

Randy Guerierro, who is President of the Holy Cross Powder Hounds Snowmobile Club in Eagle County, likes the concept of a week-long event.

“Leadville is making a shot at doing something real unique and I think it’s great,” he said. “The one thing I think is really going to be useful, especially with all the snow we’re getting, is the avalanche class. If people around here are going to go to the backcountry areas, they need to have their heads up.”

The avalanche class, hosted by Colorado Mountain College Timberline Campus, is $35.

“Having the equipment and know how to use it is one thing, but knowing protocol is another,” Guerierro said.

For more information on the event, check out leadsled.leadvillecolorado.info. To pre-register for the event, call 719-486-8456 or e-mail travelwithcare@hotmail.com

The Holy Cross Powder Hounds will be hosting a snow drag event with Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce at 4 Eagle Ranch on Feb. 23 … The Ouray Ice Festival runs through this Sunday … The Beaver Creek Snowshoe Series continues Sunday with its second race.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.

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