The Postal Run — New Colorado Ski Touring Race

Post by blogger | March 3, 2016      
The Father Dyer Postal Route Ski Race and Backcountry Weekend.

The Father Dyer Postal Route Ski Race and Backcountry Weekend, April 2, 2016, Leadville, Colorado.

John Lewis Dyer was born far from the Rocky Mountains in the lowlands of Ohio, March 16, 1812. He was a farmer, then a miner, then perhaps Colorado’s first committed backcountry skier. This year a new backcountry ski race in Leadville, Colorado carries on his passion for winter travel in the Mosquito Mountains.

As the story goes, Dyer was a young man working in the lead mines of Wisconsin when he first heard what he determined was the voice of God. He was convinced that this voice was telling him to spend his days as a preacher and to see the Rocky Mountains.

His horse got him to Nebraska and his feet got him another 700 miles to Park County, Colorado. Dyer preached in the mining camps during the early silver boom of the 1860s. Since preaching didn’t pay the bills and Father Dyer was traveling from camp to camp anyways, his took on a second job as a backcountry ski touring mailman.

Dyer crossed the Mosquito Mountains every week carrying the mail along with his religious fervor from Alma to Leadville and back. In the winter this meant crossing the 13,185 ft Mosquito Pass in the snow. Using a combination of snowshoes and Norwegian style wooden skies, Dyer became a fixture in the history of Colorado’s mountains.

This year Leadville is inaugurating the Father Dyer Postal Run, a backcountry ski race to the top of Dyer Mountain (13,855ft).

The Mosquitos offer a true playground for mountain adventure often overlooked by winter recreationalists. Miles of groomed country roads and trails provide the perfect canvas for Nordic touring, as well as access to one 14ner, two centennial 13ners, and countless other high peaks.

The Father Dyer Postal Run is a fundraiser for winter trails maintenance in Lake County, Colorado.

Wanna be like Father Dyer? Think about signing up for the Postal Run.


Please Enjoy A Few Suggested WildSnow Posts


3 Responses to “The Postal Run — New Colorado Ski Touring Race”

  1. Lisa Dawson March 3rd, 2016 7:26 pm

    Looks like a cool race. Lou and I might be there!

  2. Jim Milstein March 3rd, 2016 7:32 pm

    Sounds as though Dyer got poisoned working in the lead mines; hallucinations resulted. But, as hallucinations go, an order from God to go skiing is not the worst. Anyway, don’t ingest lead.

  3. Vince April 23rd, 2016 9:10 pm

    Yes, Alex, I do want to be like Father Dyer. Im not snowshoeing though but I will work 2 jobs

    The race was refreshing to the skimo scene. And there was hotdogs so thats a win.

    Nice work.

Anti-Spam Quiz:

While you can subscribe to comment notification by checking the box above, you must leave a brief comment to do so, which records your email and requires you to use our anti-spam challange. If you don't like leaving substantive comments that's fine, just leave a simple comment that says something like "thanks, subscribed" with a made-up name. Check the comment subscription checkbox BEFORE you submit. NOTE: BY SUBSCRIBING TO COMMENTS YOU GIVE US PERMISSION TO STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS INDEFINITLY. YOU MAY REQUEST REMOVAL AND WE WILL REMOVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITHIN 72 HOURS. To request removal of personal information, please contact us using the comment link in our site menu.
If you need an emoticon for a comment just copy/paste off the following list, or use text code you might be familiar with.

:D    :-)    :(    :lol:    :x    :P    :oops:    :cry:    :evil:    :twisted:    :roll:    :wink:    :!:    :?:    :idea:    :arrow:   
Due to comment spam we moderate most comments. Please do not submit your comment twice -- it will appear shortly after approval. Comments with one or more links in the text may be held in moderation, for spam prevention. If you'd like to publish a photo in a comment, contact us. Guidelines: Be civil, no personal attacks, avoid vulgarity and profanity.

  Your Comments

  Recent Posts

Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube


  • Blogroll & Links

  • Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

    All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

    We include "affiliate sales" links with most of our blog posts. This means we receive a percentage of a sale if you click over from our site (at no cost to you). None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. We also sell display "banner" advertising, in this case our relationships are closer to the companies who advertise, but our display advertising income is carefully separated financially and editorially from our blog content, over which we always maintain 100% editorial control -- we make this clear during every advertising deal we work out. Please also notice we do the occasional "sponsored" post, these are under similar financial arrangements as our banner advertising, only the banner or other type of reference to a company are included in the blog post, simply to show they provided financial support to and provide them with advertising in return. Unlike most other "sponsored content" you find on the internet, our sponsored posts are entirely under our editorial control and created by WildSnow specific writers.See our full disclosures here.

    Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. Due to human error and passing time, the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

    Switch To Mobile Version