The Wild West Winter Games

Wild West Winter Sports!The Crystal Carnival of Leadville, CO introduced us to Ski Joring, a Scandinavian tradition that has found its way to the American West, slightly modified. With horses pulling skiers down a snow packed Main Street in Leadville, this tradition began in 1949 as a way to entertain the restless and snowbound residents of the Crystal Carnival.

The Leadville Ski Joring event provides a thrilling fast paced course of ski jumps and jostling rings. Riders must make their way through the course with the best time and spear the most rings. It’s fast, intense, and entertaining. I “pity the fool” that steps into the street when the horses and skiers fly by.

Loving small town traditions,
Eric and Lori
The Humbleweeds