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Spirits in the Shaft is back for Ski Joring weekend. Even if you’ve never encountered spooky spirits in and around the wild west haunts of Leadville, this is the year to look for them.

Save the Date _2_Spirits of the West National Mining exhibit

A special event at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm. March 3. The event, which is the annual fundraiser for the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum,  coincides with ski joring (more about that in a bit) The invitation: come experience the REAL Wild Wild West.

According to the announcement, this is an age 21+ event full of wine, whiskey, beer, saloons, and fun! Come in costume, or come as you are. There are three ticket levels:

Gold Ticket: $100, only 100 available! Gold ticket includes 5:30 p.m. early access for check in, custom taster glass, a blast from the past glass, and 10 percent off in the gift shop.

Silver Ticket: $75, only 100 available! Silver ticket includes 5:45 p.m. early access for check in, custom taster glass, and 5 percent off in the gift shop.

Pyrite Ticket: $50. Pyrite ticket provides access to the event.

Sponsorship information can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bi7jkaQd_UeVkuk5F_SckNwAXmNOgPrF/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=114162407832703857758&rtpof=true&sd=true

What Exactly is Ski Joring?

Set for March 4-5, 2023 in Leadville — Ski Joring is the rip-roaring-est cowboy event of the year. This is its 75th “official celebration” year, making it one of the oldest cowboy events on the snow.

Ski Joring in Leadville, Colorado. Image courtesy Mark LaRowe Photography

For the uninitiated, Ski Joring is a centuries-old snow sport in which a skier is pulled by a horse and rider through a course of jumps. This exciting event will be free to watch, with amazing photo and video opportunities.

The Crystal Carnival will also be held throughout the weekend, featuring live music, a market street of local vendors, delicious food, and a beer garden.

For more information on the Leadville Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival Weekend, please visit Leadville Skijoring 

For more information or for sponsorship information of the special event at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum of Mining, email Jamie Wilms at Jamie@mininghalloffame.