LEADVILLE – Colorado Mountain College Leadville will host the 10th annual Colorado Cup Snowshoe Races on Jan. 25 on the campus’s groomed Nordic trails.

Colorado Cup snowshoe racers

The Colorado Cup Snowshoe Races on the Nordic trails surrounding CMC Leadville provide fun for all types and ages of competitors, such as here in 2018.

This year is particularly significant because the Colorado Cup, which also serves as the Colorado High School Snowshoe State Championship 5K, is a qualifier for racers competing in the upcoming 2020 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships. The national races will take place in Leadville Feb. 28-March 1, 2020.

The Colorado Cup has taken place since 2009 under various names and in different locations, and has been the state high school snowshoe championship since 2010. Since 2016 it’s been held in Leadville, where CMC students are active participants. Ski area operations students work on prepping the course, and CMC cross-country running team members, along with other students, enjoy competing and hosting a day at the races.

CMC Leadville is at 901 S. Highway 24. To register online in advance, go to Colorado Cup. Participants can pick up their registration packets or register at the campus’s Coronado Cafe starting at noon on race day. For more information about the race, contact Darren Brungardt at 719-486-4296 or

Colorado Cup – Jan. 25, CMC Leadville

Race fees range from $10 to $30, with all profits going to the CMC cross country running team.

10 a.m.

  • Fat bike individual time trial


  • Race packet pickup

1:30 p.m.

  • Unlimited snowshoe sprints

2 p.m.

  • 5K adult snowshoe
  • 5K middle and high school student snowshoe
  • 10K snowshoe
  • 10K college student snowshoe
  • 1 mile kids’ “funshoe”

After races

  • Post-race treats