Experience Romantic Winter Fun in Leadville & Twin Lakes

There’s plenty of romantic fun in winter in Leadville and Twin Lakes. Check out these ideas for snowy recreation, yurt adventures, sweet treats and flowers, plus cozy places to dine and stay — and even wedding-planning tips.

Couple pauses for a snowshoe selfie near Leadville with mountains in the background.

A snowshoe selfie near Leadville. Photo credit: Instagram/@freightleadville

Tennessee Pass Cookhouse surrounded by snow with mountains in the distance in Leadville
Dine and stay overnight at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse in Leadville. Photo credit: Instagram/tennpassco

Snowy Playtime together

Check out wonderful winter sports for two in Leadville and Twin Lakes:

  • Dog sledding: Cuddle up in a dog sled pulled by happy huskies. It’s puppy love!
  • Fat biking: Explore the fat-bike trails and join the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series.
  • Ice skating: Hold hands as you ice skate under the stars and beneath towering peaks at Leadville’s outdoor rink.
  • Nordic skiing and snowshoeing: Tour Leadville’s scenic Mineral Belt Trail or ski the Leadville Loppet Nordic ski race in February. For more romantic views, check out the exquisitely groomed Mount Massive Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails. These skate and classic trails look out to the Mosquito and Sawatch ranges, some of the best views in town. Come back and ski under the full moon at the Equinox 24-Hour Ultra XC-Ski in March. 
  • Skiing: At Ski Cooper, you and your honey can ski or snowboard on wide-open slopes for every skill level. It's also a great place to bring the whole family. To make your heart beat faster, try Cooper’s new double-black-diamond terrain — Tennessee Creek Basin.
  • Sledding: Be kids again and go sledding down Leadville’s Dutch Henry Sledding Hill.
  • Snowmobiling: Zoom along with breathtaking views: Take a guided snowmobile tour or explore groomed winter trails on your own.
  • Snow zipping: Talk about breathless. Hold hands as you fly together on a zipline surrounded by a winter wonderland.



You and your honey can ski or snowshoe to a four-course dinner at Tennessee Pass Cookhouse. Trek 1 mile through a snowy forest, lit by moon and stars or sparkled by falling snow. You’ll arrive at an off-grid candlelit yurt for your gourmet meal. Advance reservations are required.

For a daytime date on a weekend, ski or snowshoe to lunch at the Cookhouse, a delicious break from exploring the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center trails. Advance reservations are required here, too.

If the Cookhouse yurt is full, have a tasty lunch at the Nordic center, where you'll find soups and sandwiches, hot mulled cider and more. Sit by the toasty wood stove or on the sunny deck. No reservations are needed. You can rent skis, snowshoes or fat bikes for these adventures at the Nordic center.


Stay the night in a Tennessee Pass luxury sleep yurt. Snuggle up with down comforters, wood stoves and room service.

For true privacy and adventure, plan a trek to the Leadville Backcountry Yurts. These remote, rustic yurts boast amazing, high-elevation views and are for experienced backcountry skiers and snowshoers only. Find winter backcountry safety tips


Blooms are sure to bring a smile to your sweetheart's face. Check out Blue Vessel Florista for playful and romantic arrangements. 


Relax with a cup of coffee and baked goods at City on a HillZero Day Coffee or the Golden Burro Cafe, or delight in a Cuban coffee with raw sugar at Buchi Cafe Cubano. Spend a cozy afternoon or evening at Before & After Leadville for lighter fare and scrumptious desserts, along with inventive cocktails and mocktails.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with ice cream at D’Love Gourmet Coffee and Ice Cream. Or gift delicious cookies, cakes, fudge and more from Silver Llama Market & Eatery.


Whether you prefer candlelit dinners, takeout pizza by the fire or spicy Mexican food, Leadville and Twin Lakes can deliver.

For ambiance, have drinks by the patio's firepit before dinner at Treeline Kitchen, or delight in perfectly seared steak at Quincy’s. You'll feel right at home with hearty plates of deliciousness at the historical Twin Lakes Inn & Saloon. Explore a full list of Leadville and Twin Lakes restaurants for all your special meals.


Escape to comfortable lodgings made for snuggling. You'll have your choice of basecamps — whether it's one of the area's B&Bsmotels, hotels, hostels with private rooms, mountain cabins or vacation homes.


Looking for an enchanting place to tie the knot? Leadville and Twin Lakes offer the perfect blend of beauty and simplicity for a unique and wonderful day. The area’s historical roots and stunning views make it a magical place to bring family and friends together for an unforgettable wedding event

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