Wintermission Leadville is a bold initiative to make it easier for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with one another, visit public spaces, and be active in winter.

Read the Wintermission Leadville
Community Engagement Summary Report.


The Wintermission program was created by 8 80 Cities, a non-profit organization based in Toronto, Canada. 8 80 Cities exists to create safe and happy cities that prioritize people’s well-being.

Through this project, we set out to combat social isolation and increase levels of physical activity in winter for residents of all ages and backgrounds.

Wintermission Leadville will unfold in three phases:

    • Engage
      First, we’ll spark a city-wide conversation about life in winter.
    • Launch
      Ideas from the community will help shape a series of exciting new projects and events to be launched in winter 2019-20.
    • Strategize
      Finally, we’ll develop the Leadville Winter City Strategic Plan with policy and planning recommendations to make Leadville a vibrant winter city.


November 2018
8 80 Cities launched a competition to select project partners in three U.S. cities. More than 60 applications were submitted by cities across the country. Leadville was selected along with Buffalo, NY and Eau Claire, WI.

January 2019
Members of the three Wintermission city teams convened at the Winter Cities Shake Up conference in Saskatoon, SK.

March – May 2019
Residents in Leadville will have opportunities to send ideas and feedback on what they love about winter in Leadville and what could be improved

November 2019 – March 2020
A series of new projects and events will be launched based on ideas received from the community. These pilot projects will be evaluated to determine their impact.

April – October 2020
The Wintermission Leadville team will work with local partners to develop a Winter City Strategic Plan with longer-term policy and planning recommendations

Winter in Leadville

Leadville is the highest incorporated city in North America and the coldest place in Colorado. Cold winter days dampen Leadville’s otherwise bustling downtown streets, parks and trails. Breaking down barriers to access, enjoyment of community resources and social opportunities in all seasons are shared priorities for the Leadville Wintermission team.

Leadville has developed innovative winter initiatives like establishing a winter gear lending library and bilingual, culturally-informed outdoor adventures for youth and families to get out and enjoy winter while building comfort and skill with new winter sports. Through the Wintermission project, the Colorado town hopes further these efforts, shift public perception towards winter and get more people of all ages actively embracing social opportunities and public spaces during these key months.

Wintermission Leadville will build on this momentum to create a truly inclusive, healthy and connected winter city.


Wintermission Leadville is led by the City of Leadville, the Lake County Government, and Get Outdoors! Leadville with support from 8 80 Cities, the Children & Nature Network, and the National League of Cities.

This program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at CAF America.

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